has supported over 4,000 Indian start-ups, skill training for 30,000 youth and helped train 26,000 teachers while working with several state governments and not-for-profit organisations between April 2016 and March 2017 in India, a new report said on Friday.
In its 2017 India
Citizenship Report, Microsoft India
said it recognises that India's entrepreneurial landscape would aid robust economic growth in the coming years and was committed to contributing to the Indian start-up growth story.
The company supported and guided the start-ups with programmes like BizSpark, Microsoft
Accelerator, among others.
BizSpark, a Microsoft
flagship initiative, is aimed at supporting early-stage start-ups. More than 100 Indian start-ups were selected under the BizSpark Plus programme
in 2016-17 which helped them grow their customer base.
Accelerator empowered start-ups on their journey to build great companies, working with market-ready start-ups and provide the tools, resources, connections, knowledge and expertise that they need to become successful companies.
Cloud Accelerator Programme served to accelerate the adoption of services such as Microsoft
Azure and transform business and governance in a mobile-first and cloud-first world.
Under Project Shiksha, Microsoft India
trained over 8,124 teachers in Tamil Nadu, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh, impacting 361,000 students.
Under Project Saksham, Microsoft
has conducted training sessions for over 3,307 educators across 123 universities. These faculty members have, in turn, trained 1,126 of their peers. In 2016-17, 661 teachers across 21 universities were trained.
As part of the Microsoft
Educator Community programme, the Maharashtra government adopted the QR Coded textbook idea catalysed by a Microsoft India
Educator Rajintsinh Disale, which allows teachers to receive additional resources and information related to a textbook by simply scanning a QR code.
In line with government's Skill India
vision, the company brought predictive analysis
and machine learning
technologies to education, healthcare and agriculture in partnership with several state governments.
The company's integrated cloud-first, mobile-first solutions have improved processes, productivity and mobility, in order to accelerate India's digital transformation.
Philanthropies has invested over $10 million in cash and technology to transform the way non-profits deliver impact in India, offering educational opportunities to the next generation.