Microsoft just launched Startups Founders Hub, a platform that is in place to help entrepreneurs execute their business strategies effectively and efficiently through cloud resources, mentoring, and personal training regardless of your starting point.
The platform is now open to all, as Microsoft aims to create an enabling environment that will help bring out the best in both their clients and partners. Through the support, Microsoft hopes to promote the longevity of some of these businesses and turn them into successes by addressing some of the common challenges that prevent startups from reaching their full potential.
Microsoft for Startups Founders Hub revolves around three key areas:
• Unlocking Innovation for All: The platform eliminates traditional barriers founders face when getting started, such as venture capital requirements or third-party validation to help any founder regardless of background, location or access be successful.
• Technology Benefits that Grow: Keeping pace with a startup’s lifecycle, the platform helps founders speed development with free access to GitHub and the Microsoft Cloud with the ability to unlock additional benefits over time. To address the unique needs of startups, we are also partnering with innovative companies like OpenAI, a global leader in AI research and deployment, that develops AI systems such as GPT-3 and Codex to provide startups with exclusive benefits and discounts.
• Access to mentorship and guidance: Becoming a founder is no longer about “who you know.” Through the platform, startups can connect with industry veterans, access tailored startup-centric training and innovate quickly with expert technical guidance.
"The platform provides free access to over $100.000 in powerful development and productivity tools including GitHub, Microsoft 365 and more." Microsoft has also partnered with OpenAI API to provide members with exclusive benefits and features, that is, "exclusive access to $1000 of credits, 3 free months OpenAI API Innovation License and free consultation with an OpenAI expert." Thanks to the new update even more people will get support from Microsoft as the eligibility score has been reduced significantly. With that, said it is now easier for you to pitch an idea and get support.
Furthermore, these technology benefits come in different packages which will allow you to select one that suits you best as compared to the previous arrangement, that is Ideate, Develop, Grow and Scale. Moreover, the platform not only provides entrepreneurs with the opportunity to expand their businesses but also the opportunity to sell their ideas and solutions through the Microsoft go-to-market channels and services. As such, you should make sure that you sign up to take full advantage of these benefits.