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Startups and entrepreneurs in Singapore get new platform boost from Microsoft

By Ken Wong - on 1 Apr 2022, 10:21am

Startups and entrepreneurs in Singapore get new platform boost from Microsoft

Startups also have a chance to network and maybe gain a mentor by joining the Hub. Image source: Microsoft.

Microsoft is giving Singapore’s popular startup scene a boost with the launch of a new digital platform, the Microsoft for Startups Founders Hub. It is available to all startups in Asia, including those without third-party backing.

The Hub is designed to lower the barriers to business creation, be a catalyst for entrepreneurship and innovation, and contribute to easing the journey for startups, from being an idea to a unicorn.

The platform will offer them over US$300,000 worth of benefits and credits, giving startups free access to the technology, tools, and resources including GitHub Enterprise, Visual Studio Enterprise and Microsoft 365.

Beyond the technical help, the Hub will also connect them with mentors who will provide them with industry, business, and technical support to guide them through their business milestones. Founders and entrepreneurs will also have access to Microsoft Learn and a variety of startup and unicorn programs to help them build connections with customers and accelerate their growth. 

Jesus Martin, Chief Strategy, Microsoft Asia said:

As a platform company, our cloud services and solutions are designed to empower founders to concentrate on what they do best - innovate at their own pace. Our aim is to give startups access to the technology that will power their innovation, connect them with customers, and an ecosystem of developers, partners and investors to help them scale in Asia and beyond.

Singapore’s startup market has shown remarkable resilience still being able to attract both new entrants and funds despite Covid-19.

According to EnterpriseSG, tech startups in Singapore raised US$8.3 billion in the nine months ended Sept 30, 2021, nearly two-and-a-half times the US$3.5 billion raised in the same period the previous year.

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