February 25

Microsoft Launches Entrepreneurship Program Targeted at Social Entrepreneurs

By Aimee Chanthadavong

Microsoft has launched a global social entrepreneurship program to assist social entrepreneurs build and scale their startups through access to technology, education, customers, and grants.

Under the program, which will be available in 140 countries, qualifying social enterprises will receive access to free Microsoft cloud technologies, including up to $120,000 in Azure credits, along with technical support and guidance from a dedicated program manager on how to market, sell, and connect with potential customers such as large commercial and non-governmental organisations.

According to Microsoft, the criteria to qualify for the program include a business metric that measures the impact on an important social or environmental challenge; having an established product or service that will benefit from access to enterprise customers; and a commitment to the ethical and responsible use of artificial intelligence (AI).

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Source: ZDnet (link opens in a new window)

artificial intelligence, scale, startups