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2013-05-02

Microsoft invites applications for its start-up challenge programme

Microsoft’s BizSpark India Start-up Challenge, in its third year, has invited applications from technology enthusiasts aiming to discover promising start-ups in cloud-computing and mobile telephony in India.

Microsoft’s BizSpark India Start-up Challenge, in its third year, has invited applications from technology enthusiasts aiming to discover promising start-ups in cloud-computing and mobile telephony in India.

10 finalists from each region of India will be short listed on the basis of their ingenuity, creativity and innovation and each regional winner will get the chance to pitch at national finals in Bangalore on 4th June, 2013 to compete for the National Top 3 positions, said a press release.

According to the release, the teams are contesting for a grant prize of $70K in cash and $2 Million worth of non-cash prizes such as Windows Phones, liaisons with venture capitalists, an exclusive connect with Microsoft account management teams to evangelize the solution, relevant training, as well as a BizSpark Plus membership.

“The BizSpark India Start-up Challenge aims to nourish and support the entrepreneurial ecosystem in India by providing software start-ups with access to world class technology during their inception, and giving them a better chance of success and in turn creating jobs, wealth and innovation,” said K Rajinish Menon, Director – ISV & Cloud Strategy, Microsoft Corporation India (Pvt) Ltd.

For the first time, the competition is being organized across 10 cities, including Mumbai, Kolkata, Cochin, Delhi, Ahmedabad, Hyderabad, Pune, Coimbatore, Chennai, and Bangalore. The competition aims to help start-ups succeed by giving them access to software development tools, connecting them with key industry players, and providing marketing visibility.

With two weeks away from closing of applications, the competition has already received 690 registrations this year which shows a very healthy intent to innovate and create high quality product start-ups.

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