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Microsoft announces two initiatives to support startups

Microsoft India on Wednesday announced two new initiatives in line with its efforts to help entrepreneurs and their organizations innovate and grow. Outlining the initiatives, it said Microsoft AI Innovate will showcase its second cohort, while a startup hackathon aims to provide developers with resources and support to create digital solutions that drive business innovation, social entrepreneurship and sustainability. With the two new initiatives, the company has increased support for startups in India.

The second season of Microsoft AI Innovate invites nominations from SaaS (Software as a Service) startups whose core applications or services are built using artificial intelligence (AI) technologies. The initiative, supported by SaaS Insider, aims to help startups scale operations, drive innovation, and build industry expertise. “During the 10 weeks of the program, startups can work closely with Microsoft’s development and product teams to develop their core AI models,” the statement said.

There is also the opportunity to work with Microsoft’s industry, research and engineering experts on relevant scenarios and receive mentorship and future-proof entire teams by being proficient in technologies such as AI and machine learning (ML).” Selected Startups receive OpenAI preview and credits, access to industry and technology deep dive sessions and AI masterclasses from experts, mentoring from startup founders and renowned industry leaders, qualification and certification opportunities, among other benefits,” shared das company with.

As for the second initiative, the hackathon for startups, in cooperation with Techgig, invites teams to turn their ideas into prototypes based on Microsoft Azure. Participating in the hackathon offers startups the opportunity to learn from Azure masterclasses and hands-on training on key technologies such as Serverless, Kubernetes, Data Fundamentals, Java & .NET, Github and Azure AI & ML.

The top 100 shortlisted startups will receive $300 worth of Azure credits from the hackathon to build their prototype on Azure. The top three teams win cash prizes, while the top 25 startups are eligible to participate in the Microsoft for Startups Founders Hub program. Sangeeta Bavi, Director, Startup Ecosystem, Microsoft India said, “The disruptive vision of startups is catalyzing our country’s innovation engine and we are excited to partner with each startup on this journey.”

https://www.financialexpress.com/industry/microsoft-announces-two-initiatives-to-support-startups/2497926/ Microsoft announces two initiatives to support startups

Chris Barrese

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