Mi­crosoft an­nounces BizS­park Plus Pro­gram for Star­tups in In­dia

The DQWeek (Chennai) - - CHANNELBONANZA/NEWS - DQW NEWS BUREAU Ban­ga­lore, July 14

Mi­crosoft re­cently an­nounced the launch of the BizS­park Plus pro­gram to pro­vide a fil­lip to the startup ecosys­tem in In­dia

As part of this pro­gram, the com­pany will of­fer USD 120,000 per year of free Azure Cloud ser­vices to each of the qual­i­fied star­tups. The star­tups can use USD 10,000 worth of cred­its monthly, to in­vest in Mi­crosoft ser­vices to power their busi­ness. The pro­gram, in ad­di­tion to open source friendly Azure, pro­vides free soft­ware, devel­oper tools, and tech­ni­cal sup­port to help star­tups be suc­cess­ful.

Mi­crosoft is part­ner­ing with 13 startup ac­cel­er­a­tors to roll out this pro­gram in the coun­try. These in­clude 91Spring­board, Re­liance GenNext, Zone Star­tups and Pit­ney Bowes among oth­ers. Glob­ally, Mi­crosoft is part­ner­ing with 150 startup ac­cel­er­a­tors in 47 coun­tries to de­ploy this pro­gram. In­dia, with its vi­brant startup ecosys­tem, is a key coun­try for Mi­crosoft. In ad­di­tion to Azure ser­vices, star­tups will re­ceive the full suite of de­vel­op­ment and test soft­ware and tools such as Vis­ual Stu­dio, Win­dows and Of­fice.

Mi­crosoft BizS­park is a global pro­gram that helps soft­ware star­tups suc­ceed by giv­ing them ac­cess to Mi­crosoft soft­ware de­vel­op­ment tools, con­nect­ing them with key in­dus­try play­ers, in­clud­ing in­vestors, and pro­vid­ing mar­ket­ing vis­i­bil­ity to help en­trepreneurs start­ing a busi­ness.

Speak­ing on the oc­ca­sion, Ra­jin­ish Menon, Di­rec­tor, Mi­crosoft Ven­tures In­dia, said, “Star­tups need all the help they can to get ac­cess to the right tools, tech­nol­ogy and guid­ance. At Mi­crosoft, we are com­mit­ted to sup­port­ing these star­tups and through the BizS­park Plus pro­gram we want to sup­port In­dia’s up­com­ing en­trepreneurs and the gov­ern­ment’s Dig­i­tal In­dia vi­sion. We aim to help early stage compa- nies ac­cel­er­ate in­no­va­tion and de­liver their prod­uct to cus­tomers as quickly as pos­si­ble. Azure pro­vides the pro­duc­tiv­ity, se­cu­rity, an­a­lyt­ics and scal­a­bil­ity that star­tups need to quickly build and grow their busi­nesses. We be­lieve that Mi­crosoft’s Azure Cloud is lead­ing the way for star­tups and en­ter­prises alike, with the most sim­ple and com­plete cloud ex­pe­ri­ence avail­able. ”

To qual­ify for the BizS­park Plus pro­gram, star­tups must be pri­vately held; less than 5 years old; have a less than USD 1mi­il­ion rev­enue an­nu­ally and be mem­ber of a se­lect Ac­cel­er­a­tor or VC firm. In In­dia, the pro­gram has lim­ited seats for other star­tups as well.

Ac­cord­ing to Pranay Gupta, Part­ner, 91Spring­board – “The BizS­park Plus pro­gramme is a unique op­por­tu­nity for star­tups who want to lever­age the power of the Cloud and give a boost to their prod­uct de­vel­op­ment life­cy­cle. We are ex­cited to part­ner with Mi­crosoft for this ini­tia­tive and are con­fi­dent that this will ac­cel­er­ate in­no­va­tion and help the In­dian startup ecosys­tem ac­cess class lead­ing tech­nolo­gies and ex­per­tise that Mi­crosoft Azure can pro­vide.”

Over the last 25 years, Mi­crosoft in In­dia has been func­tion­ing as a key con­trib­u­tor to­wards a truly Dig­i­tal In­dia in the ar­eas of ed­u­ca­tion, dig­i­tal econ­omy, entrepreneurship, dig­i­tal in­clu­sion and cy­ber se­cu­rity, among oth­ers. Mi­crosoft is a long­stand­ing part­ner in In­dia’s growth and re­mains com­mit­ted to sup­port­ing the Gov­ern- ment in re­al­iz­ing its vi­sion for a Dig­i­tal In­dia. In the last 10 years, Mi­crosoft’s ed­u­ca­tion, skill de­vel­op­ment, entrepreneurship and dig­i­tal lit­er­acy pro­grams have touched over 5 crore peo­ple in 20 dif­fer­ent states of In­dia. Mi­crosoft has in­vested over USD 100mn in not­for-profit pro­grams such as YouthS­park, BizS­park, Imag­ine Cup and Part­ners in Learn­ing in In­dia in the last decade alone.

Sim­i­larly, Mi­crosoft is reach­ing out to stu­dents and com­mu­ni­ties to make them dig­i­tally em­pow­ered through the Dig­i­tal Lit­er­acy Ses­sions. Through this, stu­dents en­rolled in the Cen­ter for Train­ing will un­dergo a 3-month course on a com­plete Mi­crosoft Dig­i­tal Lit­er­acy Cur­ricu­lum in­clud­ing In­tro­duc­tion to Com­put­ers, and Of­fice and Pro­duc­tiv­ity Tools. Com­mu­nity out­reach is part of the Dig­i­tal Lit­er­acy ini­tia­tive where the cen­ters are reach­ing out to other mem­bers of the com­mu­nity through var­i­ous en­gage­ments such as ‘Each One Teach One’, where ev­ery stu­dent will be en­cour­aged to bring one mem­ber of their fam­ily to the cen­ter and take them through an in­tro­duc­tory course in Com­put­ers.

Ra­jin­ish Menon, Di­rec­tor, Mi­crosoft Ven­tures In­dia

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