- The new platform will support founders in India at every stage of their startup journey with access to more than $300,000 in benefits including technology and tools from Microsoft and its partners.
- Startups will also be able to get mentorship and training opportunities with industry experts and Microsoft Learn.
New Delhi, March 31, 2022 – Microsoft today launched its Microsoft for Startups Founders Hub in India to empower the vision of startups and drive innovation to drive economic and social progress in India and beyond. Microsoft Founders Center for Startups is a new digital and truly inclusive platform for startup founders in India. The platform offers more than $300,000 worth of benefits and credits, giving startups free access to the technology, tools, and resources they need to build and run their business. From the most trusted, secure, open source friendly, and compliant cloud platform, to best-in-class development and productivity tools, including GitHub Enterprise, Visual Studio Enterprise, and Microsoft 365.
Beyond access to technology, the Microsoft for Startups Founders Hub will enable entrepreneurs to innovate and grow by connecting them with mentors who will provide industry, business, and technical support to guide them through their next business milestones. Microsoft is also partnering with innovative companies like OpenAI, a world leader in AI research and implementation, which develops AI systems like GPT-3 and Codex to provide startups with exclusive benefits and discounts. Additionally, founders will have access to Microsoft Learn for personalized startup-focused training and a variety of startup and unicorn programs to help them connect with customers or industry veterans and accelerate their growth.
The Microsoft for Startups Founders Hub is designed specifically for early-stage startups to lower the barriers to business creation, be a catalyst for entrepreneurship and innovation, and help ease the journey from idea to unicorn. It is available to all startups in India, including those without third-party validation or funding, as part of Microsoft’s commitment to empower startups’ ambitions to drive innovation from India to the world.
“Disruptive innovation in Indian startups is accelerating India’s position to become one of the world’s leading startup hubs. As a trusted partner, we want to empower every startup in India to help them scale their idea to become a unicorn and beyond. As a platform company, our cloud services and solutions are designed to empower founders to focus on what they do best: innovate at their own pace. Our goal is to provide startups with access to resources that will fuel their innovation, connect them with customers and an ecosystem of developers, partners and investors to help them scale in India and beyond,” said Sangeeta Bavi, Director – Startup Ecosystem , MicrosoftIndia.
“The Microsoft for Startups Founders Hub was created after extensive research and conversations with hundreds of founders who explicitly shared their need for access to a digital ecosystem that promotes opportunities and democratizes innovation regardless of their origin, location, progress or passions. We look forward to seeing how our new offering will support more founders in Asia and provide access to the technology, tools and resources they need to build and run their business.”
As the third largest ecosystem for startups in the world, India offers tremendous opportunities for startups across all industries. Microsoft continues to demonstrate its ongoing commitment to India’s startup ecosystem and founders through specially selected initiatives. Last year, Microsoft launched a program to nurture and scale startups leveraging Artificial Intelligence (AI) called Innovate with AI from Microsoft. The program supports startups in India that harness AI technologies, helping them scale operations, drive innovation and build industry expertise. In collaboration with Accenture, Microsoft has also expanded Project Amplify to support startups focused on sustainability and social impact, with hands-on support and technologies, mentoring and collaboration opportunities.
Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT” @microsoft) enables digital transformation for the era of intelligent cloud and intelligent edge. Their mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more. Microsoft established its operations in India in 1990. Today, Microsoft entities in India have more than 18,000 employees, engaged in sales and marketing, research and development, and customer service and support in 11 Indian cities: Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, New Delhi, Gurugram. , Hyderabad, Kochi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Noida and Pune. Microsoft offers its global cloud services from local data centers to accelerate digital transformation in Indian businesses, enterprises and government organizations.