Bangalore: Indian start-ups to be facilitated with Microsoft BizSpark Plus program. As a component of the program selected tech start-ups will additionally receive $120,000 of free Azure Cloud services, full suite of development & test software and tools such as Visual Studio, Windows and Office. The start-ups can utilize $10,000 of credits each month to invest in Microsoft accommodations to empower their business.
In the last two decades, Microsoft has been a key contributor towards making the country digitally empowered. This software giant has contributed to education, adeptness development, entrepreneurship and digital literacy program which has reached over five crore children in the country. It has already invested over 100 million in programs like YouthSpark, Imagine Cup, Partners in Learning in India and BizSpark in the last decade. Microsoft BizSpark is one such global program that empowers software start-ups by providing them access to software development implements, investors, marketing visibility and linking them to market bellwethers. To get hold of the program, start-ups must be privately held, they should be less than five years old, have less than one million dollar revenue annually and have to be a member of a selected VC firm. In India, the program has circumscribed seats for other start-ups as well.
Speaking about the program, Pranay Gupta, Partner, 91Springboard expounded, “The BizSpark Plus programme is a unique opportunity for start-ups who want to leverage the potency of the Cloud and give a boost to their product development lifecycle. We are exhilarated to partner with Microsoft for this initiative and are confident that this will expedite innovation and avail the Indian start-up ecosystem access class leading technologies and expertise that Microsoft Azure can provide”.
To roll out the program country wide as a component of the Digital India initiative Microsoft has partnered with 13 venture firms which include Reliance GenNext, Zone Start-ups, 91Springboard, Pitney Bowes and others. Microsoft has already partnered with 150 venture firms in 47 countries to deploy the program.
“Start-ups need all the avail they can to get access to the right implements, technology and guidance. At Microsoft, we are committed to fortifying these start-ups and through the BizSpark Plus program we optate to fortify India’s upcoming entrepreneurs and the government’s Digital India vision. We aim to avail early stage companies expedite innovation and distribute their product to customers as expeditiously as possible. Azure provides the productivity, security; analytics and scalability that start-ups need to expeditiously build and grow their businesses. We believe that Microsoft’s Azure Cloud is leading the way for start-ups and enterprises kindred, with the most simple and consummate cloud experience available,” Rajinish Menon, Director, Microsoft Ventures India, instigated while verbalizing on the program.
In addition, marking the digital India Week, Microsoft has also initiated several activities that are being the component of a long-term commitment to drive digital empowerment of the adolescent Indians. To make India digitally puissant, Microsoft has several hackathons to be held in the country. In integration to the youth programs, this company is additionally aiming at developing children through digital literacy programs.