American multinational tech giant, Microsoft recently launched a “Startup Founder Hub” in India. The aim is to empower startups and drive innovation to drive economic and social progress in India and beyond. With access to over $300,000 in benefits.
How Startup Founder Hub will help Indian entrepreneurs?
With a $1.79 trillion market share, Microsoft’s Startup Founder Hub gives startups free access to the technology, tools, and resources they need to build and run their businesses. From the most reliable, secure, compatible, and open source compliant cloud platform, to the best development and productivity tools including GitHub Enterprise, Visual Studio Enterprise, and Microsoft 365. Startups nationwide will also benefit from opportunities for mentoring and training with industry experts and the “Microsoft Learn” initiative.
The company said,” the hub is available to all startups in India, including those without third-party validation or funding.”
Why is Microsoft focusing on India?
Turning away from the American Dream has proven to be a serendipitous decision for a number of tech entrepreneurs who land multimillion-dollar deals a few years after returning to India.
For a number of others, India proves to be a land of opportunities for those building businesses that meet the growing demand of a growing middle class. For those who want to stay the course, there’s enough money and mentorship to see them through, lure aside the market itself.
As new success stories emerge, the number of Indians eager to return continues to grow journey from an idea to a unicorn as part of Microsoft’s commitment to boost startup ambitions to drive innovation from India to the world. As India is the third-largest ecosystem for startups in the world, Startup Founder Hub offers huge opportunities for emerging businesses across all sectors.
Microsoft said it continues to demonstrate its ongoing commitment to the Indian startup ecosystem and founders through specially curated initiatives. Last year, Microsoft launched a startup growth and scaling program leveraging artificial intelligence (AI) called Microsoft AI Innovate. The program supports startups in India that harness AI technologies, helping them scale their operations, foster innovation, and develop industry expertise. In partnership with Accenture, Microsoft has also expanded Project Amplify to support startups focused on sustainability and social impact, with hands-on support and technology, mentorship, and collaboration opportunities.