Birmingham firm chosen for Microsoft scheme

Birmingham firm chosen for Microsoft scheme

Birmingham based health business Kaido is one of just four UK start-ups accepted on to this year’s Microsoft IoT & Data Innovation Programme.

Supporting promising start-ups and innovators, the IoT & Data Innovation programme provides free training sessions, networking opportunities and coaching sessions with Microsoft technical and marketing experts, to accelerate the start-ups new products and services and help bring them to market.

Kaido uses smart technology and expertise to help individuals get more from their health applications, wearable devices and smartphones in line with their health goals.

They were accepted on to the programme following a competitive application and interview process and will be working with Microsoft to further develop their first product, the first true AI ‘health-bot’. 

Kaido is also one of 20 start-ups currently on Innovation Birmingham’s Serendip Smart City Incubator, a programme which co-locates promising start-up businesses with large commercial partners.

Based at the Campus’ 42,149 sq ft iCentrum building, the commercial partners help to mentor qualifying early stage tech companies and may, in turn, become customers or distribution channels for the start-ups.

Richard Westman, founder at Kaido, said: "2016 has been a very exciting year for Kaido. Acceptance onto Innovation Birmingham’s Serendip Smart City Incubator and now the Microsoft IoT & Data Innovation programme are integral parts of our growth strategy, to ensure we have the ideal foundations and support services in place to grow into the national and international marketspace.

"We are looking forward to working alongside the team at Microsoft to bring our first product to market at the back end of 2016."


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