[Fsf-friends] M$ Bizpark launched

Senthil Sundaram (sensunda) sensunda at cisco.com
Fri Dec 19 16:57:51 IST 2008


M$ trying all tricks




"Bangalore, December 17, 2008: Microsoft India today unveiled Microsoft
BizSpark - a global program designed to accelerate the success of IT
entrepreneurs through software support and a vibrant ecosystem - in the
country. BizSpark will provide Indian startups with software, support
and visibility at a time in the lifecycle when they are most valuable
and least affordable - during their first three years, with no upfront
costs and minimal requirements. Microsoft BizSpark is structured to help
startups take advantage of the resources and support of a global network
of hundreds of organizations: economic development agencies, university
incubators, hosters and investors. In India, the network partners
include The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE), NEN, Proto, NASSCOM; as well as
venture capitalists IDG, who will facilitate access to technology and
provide guidance, mentorship and resources. In addition, VCs Draper
Fisher Jurvetson (DFJ), Helion Venture Partners, Accel Partners, and
others, support the initiative. This is the first time that an entire
ecosystem of stakeholders is coming together with Microsoft to enable a
vibrant startup ecosystem in India. "



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