Applications are Open for The Microsoft for Startups Founders Hub to Access Business Support

About the Opportunity

Microsoft for Startups Founders Hub is a platform for all founders at any stage to reach their next milestone through personalized technical tools and business resources. Founders can get started on the platform in minutes and gain free access to the technology and support that’s critical to turning dreams into life-changing products.

Designed to support all founders from idea to exit, Microsoft for Startups Founders Hub brings together the technology, guidance, and support you need to hit your next milestone.

The Founders Hub allows Microsoft to engage with accelerators, incubators and tech hubs across the continent. Our partnerships with key African accelerators provide crucial support to accelerate growth-stage startups with their business development and market expansion plans

Benefits of the Opportunity:

The benefits vary depending on the stage of your startup. We provide benefits that scale with you as your business and team scales. Examples of the types of benefits you can get access to:

  • Mentors who are experts in your industry or technology type to help validate your idea

  • Azure sponsorship credits that grow with you as your needs increase

  • Microsoft 365 productivity tools including Teams for video conferencing, Word, PowerPoint, etc.

  • GitHub and Visual Studio Code for developer collaboration

Eligibility Criteria:

  • You must be engaged in development of a software-based product or service that will form a core piece of your current or intended business

  • Your headquarters must reside in the countries covered by our Azure global infrastructure.

  • Your startup has not gone through a Series D or later funding round.

  • Your startup must be privately held.

  • Your startup must be a for-profit business.

  • Your startup is not an educational institution, government entity, personal blog, dev shop, consultancy, agency, bitcoin or cryptomining company.

Stage of Business:

  • "ideation" all the way through to;..

  • ...later stage post-MVP / product-market-fit

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