By Tamara Pupic
New partnership will offer a number of technology-related benefits the local start-up community.
A new partnership will enable increased use of Microsoft technology by the start-up and developer community in the UAE.
Microsoft Gulf and Innovation 360, a Dubai-based consultancy and start-up incubator operator, have signed a memorandum of understanding, making the consultancy the latest member of the Microsoft BizSpark Network.
Under the memorandum, all Innovation 360 tech start-ups and innovators will get free and express access to technology-based benefits, while the global visibility of Innovation 360 as a BizSpark Network Partner on the Microsoft BizSpark website will help increase inbound flow of new members to its network.
Speaking about the partnership, Kamal Hassan, founder and president of Innovation 360, said: “Our aim is to provide young innovators in UAE a platform that will allow them to transform their ideas into market- and investor-ready ventures.
“This partnership with Microsoft will help to broaden the resources and support provided through our initiatives by connecting start-ups to Microsoft’s worldwide network of technologies and provide access to resources, experts and facilities for collaboration and skills development.”
Microsoft will conduct orientation workshops that cover BizSpark and Azure for every new round of start-ups joining Innovation 360’s incubator.
In addition, Microsoft technology experts will regularly visit the Innovation 360 premises to provide technical support.
BizSpark is a global program that helps start-ups grow into successful businesses through software support and a vibrant ecosystem that delivers exceptional business advantage.
It currently has over 2,000 active members in the MEA region.