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Microsoft to launch social entrepreneur accelerator programme in March

IANS  |  Mumbai 

Aiming to nurture and grow an ecosystem of tech-enabled start-ups focused on social and environmental issues, on Tuesday announced the launch of a new programme in and next month.

The programme named Microsoft-Accelerator, is in partnership with Foundation, a global non-profit of leading social entrepreneurs, and France-based digital learning startup co.

"has always been an ardent enabler of the start-up ecosystem in the country," Anant Maheshwari, President, India, said in a statement.

"In partnership with and Simplon, this programme will support start-ups with technological and expertise to sustainably scale their social and environmental impact," he added.

The programme will provide high-potential startup technology access, (AI) and cloud expertise and customised mentoring to accelerate the development of for social issues.

All the three partners bring complementary skills to unlock new ways and methodologies through technology for start-ups, not only to accelerate their impact but to change norms on pressing issues in society.

While "brings entrepreneurs, would bring the understanding of IT and social and will act as the vital integrator and Microsoft would bring the much needed AI and intelligent cloud technology expertise", said Frederic Bardeau, Co-Founder and President, co.

Moreover, "Microsoft for Start-ups" will extend the benefits of its flagship programme ScaleUp to help the scale their projects and enhance their impact on society.

This will include Azure credits, connect with local communities and experts as well as co-selling opportunities, the statement said.



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First Published: Tue, February 26 2019. 14:50 IST