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IIT Kanpur, Microsoft join hands to provide tech support to startups

Updated: Nov 16, 2022 08:24:31am

IIT Kanpur, Microsoft join hands to provide tech support to startups

New Delhi, Nov 16 (KNN) The Startup Incubation and Innovation Centre, the technology business incubator at IIT Kanpur signed an agreement with Microsoft to launch the Azure Society of Excellence to support the startup ecosystem.


Under this partnership, both organisations will work together to support startups by extending mentorship, employment, and entrepreneurial opportunities. The program will also enable access to ‘Founder’s Hub’- a talent-employability program for the future-ready startups in SIIC, IIT Kanpur’s incubation ecosystem.

The collaboration will help startups at IIT Kanpur to avail benefits of Microsoft Software and services, access to GitHub, M365 resources, training, and skilling on Azure, mentors network, which includes exclusive access to Microsoft leadership and expert guidance from Microsoft Valuable Professionals (MVP), Azure Influencers, and startup founders.

The Microsoft Mentor Network will also lend their support to provide expert feedback and advice on topics ranging from product roadmap to business plans and facetime with high-value VCs.

Key persons present at the MoU signing ceremony included Akshay Tripathi, IAS Managing Director, UPLC, AR Harish, Chairman, Governing Body AIIDE-CoE, Nikhil Agarwal, CEO FIRST IIT Kanpur & AIIDE CoE, Microsoft Officials, along with six innovative startups from AIIDE-CoE incubation ecosystem.

Speaking at the occasion, Agarwal, said, “This event today will initiate the foundation of a new avenue for the budding entrepreneurs where expert support and software technologies will come together to create a juncture for a better tomorrow for all and catalyse the journey of scaling-up for the modern Indian startups.”

Under this program, the startups from the institute will also get access to flexible, scalable resources such as API Integration with GitHub, visits to Microsoft Tech Center in Bengaluru for demonstration of tech value and scheduled in-person/online sessions. Furthermore, they can avail access to Microsoft ISV – Independent Software Vendors, and opportunities to work with Microsoft, and list on the Microsoft Marketplace.

Himani Agrawal, Country Head, Azure, Microsoft India, said, “We are delighted to collaborate with SIIC, IITK which will further enhance our respective startup acceleration efforts to provide an environment with the right support and structures and enable innovators to scale faster. With the Azure Society of Excellence, startups will be able to build innovative cloud-native apps and solutions to drive economic growth, which is inclusive, trusted, and sustainable.”

Commenting on the MoU exchange between SIIC and Microsoft, Ankush Sharma, Prof-in-charge, Innovation & Incubation, IIT Kanpur commented, “This collaboration between IIT Kanpur and Microsoft will help startups at SIIC reach new heights. Microsoft offers an excellent software pool, structure and expert support which, as and when blended with the innovations of our innovators, will make a remarkable difference in the society plus the startup ecosystem.”

Microsoft and, SIIC, IITK will also work together to select and onboard startups for the Founder’s Hub. The shortlisted startups can build prototypes using Azure credits with potential opportunities to work with Microsoft Technology Center (MTC) and the Microsoft leadership team.  (KNN Bureau)


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