This past week, M12 and Microsoft for Startups hosted the first “Startups at Microsoft Build: Attendee Choice Award.” Over three days, eight selected startups made their pitch to Build attendees looking for the latest and greatest in innovative developer-focused solutions. The attendees were then asked to vote for their favorite startup with the winner receiving a package of comarketing benefits with Microsoft ($1 million estimated value).
It was electric on the floor as the startups battled it out for the praise and votes of engineers, students, and product leaders from organizations around the globe. There were demos, interactive videos, engaging CEOs and founders, and of course, plenty of swag. The sentiment was clear: developers from the Microsoft community were excited to see the innovation from our startup partners.