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Software giant Microsoft recognises the green pastures that the Indian startup ecosystem has to offer and wants to continue contributing actively in its growth, according to a recent report.

In its 2017 India Citizenship Report, Microsoft India has revealed that between the period April 2016 and March 2017, the company has supported over 4,000 Indian startups, skill trained about 30,000 youth and helped in training a whopping 26,000 teachers while working with several not-for-profit organisations and state governments.

Some of the programmes/initiatives that the tech giant has initiated or has become a part of to establish its ground in the Indian startup ecosystem are as follows:

Microsoft Accelerator: Through this, the tech biggie helps new businesses in their journey to excellence. Through the programme, Microsoft works closely with market-ready startups and provides them with the necessary tools, resources, mentorship and knowledge to become successful businesses.

BizSpark: One of the most popular initiative by the tech giant, it aims to provide support to early-stage startups in the country. The programme which is famous as Microsoft’s flagship initiative had handpicked over 100 Indian startups for its BizSpark Plus programme in 2016-17, where it helps the chosen startup multiply its customer base to record breaking numbers.

Microsoft Cloud Accelerator Programme: Through the programme, Microsoft aims to amp up the speed of adoption of its services such as Microsoft Azure and provide a hand in transforming business and governance in a mobile-first and cloud-first world.

Microsoft Educator Community programme: Under the programme, Maharashtra’s state government has embraced the QR Coded textbook idea conceived by a Microsoft India Educator Rajintsinh Disale. The idea enables educators/teachers to receive additional information and resources related to a topic of textbook by scanning a QR code.

Project Saksham: Under the project, the tech biggie has successfully trained over 3,307 educators across 123 universities in the Indian subcontinent. These trained faculty members have, in turn, further provided training to about 1,126 of their peers. In financial year 2016-17, the project helped in training 661 teachers across 21 universities across the country.

Microsoft and the Skill India vision: Keeping in line with Modi government’s Skill India vision, the tech giant brought the power of Predictive Analysis and Machine Learning technologies to sectors such as agriculture, healthcare and education in partnerships with several state governments of the country.

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