This week Bath-based predictive people analytics company Cognisess were 1 of just 15 startups from around the world, and the only one from the UK, to be flown to Seattle for Microsoft’s Global Startup Roadshow 2017 – allowing them to meet Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella (pictured right) for exclusive learning sessions and networking, as well as meetings with potential Silicon Valley investors.

Cognisess were selected out of list of over 500 startups to take their ideas further with businesses from China, India, Israel, Belgium and the US.

The 5-day event includes roundtable discussions with senior leaders at Microsoft, focused sessions on strategic business development, enterprise readiness and media and sales training, offering a unique opportunity for Cognisess to connect with global business leaders.

“We are in a growth phase and meeting investors, potential customers and the wider Microsoft ecosystem will help us scale rapidly”


Chris Butt, CEO of Cognisess, says: “It’s a great opportunity for Cognisess to be part of the Microsoft Global Roadshow. To be just one of 15 companies from around the world to be invited to meet Satya Nadella, Microsoft’s CEO, and the rest of the senior team in Seattle, is an exciting moment for the company. We are in a growth phase and meeting investors, potential customers and the wider Microsoft ecosystem will help us scale rapidly.”

Check out the video below for a teaser of all the startups involved in the Roadshow:


Cognisess originally joined the Microsoft Accelerator programme back in 2014 to support the growth of its world-leading predictive people analytics platform. Since then the company has gone on to appoint a new Chief Scientific Officer, Dr Boris Altemeyer, and to further develop its Deep Learn machine learning engine and now has partner offices in Australia, Ireland and the Netherlands.

As Chris previously told us on the launch of the company’s predictive people analytics platform for job seekers: “Our predictive people analytics combines 8 performance areas making Cognisess the most comprehensive tool for companies to make accurate decisions about their candidates and employees.”

However, the platform’s uses don’t end there – the team has also been working with future Formula One racing drivers to predict elite performance among a number of other innovative platform-based projects.

Stay tuned to the startup’s experience at the roadshow by following them on Twitter here: @Cognisess. You can also find out more about the roadshow on the Microsoft Accelerator website or by following them on Twitter here: @MSAccel.


Alice Whale