Microsoft partners to launch social entrepreneur accelerator in India

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The Microsoft-Ashoka Accelerator will provide high-potential startups technology access, AI and cloud expertise and customized mentoring to accelerate the development of intelligent and effective solutions for social issues.

Microsoft Corporation announced today the rollout of the Microsoft-Ashoka Accelerator, a new social entrepreneur accelerator program in partnership with Ashoka, the world’s largest network of leading social entrepreneurs. The program aims to nurture and grow an ecosystem of tech-enabled startups focused on social and environmental issues. Launched under the aegis of the Microsoft Technology for Social Impact (TSI) team, the accelerator is part of Microsoft’s worldwide Tech for Good initiative. India and France will be the first countries to pilot the program in March 2019. Simplon.co, renowned for enabling digital transformation in the nonprofits sector, will lead the on-ground management of the program in India.

Announcing the partnership with Ashoka and Simplon in Mumbai, Jean-Philippe Courtois, EVP and President, Global Sales, Marketing & Operations, Microsoft Corporation, said, “Startups have become an engine for growth in India’s economy, catalyzing innovation. Our latest partnership with Ashoka and Simplon is an example of Microsoft’s continued efforts to support the country’s fast-growing startup ecosystem. We are excited about enabling young social entrepreneurs to tackle global issues by helping them build data-rich organizations that are fueled by cloud and AI technology.”

The Microsoft-Ashoka Accelerator will provide high-potential startups technology access, AI and cloud expertise and customized mentoring to accelerate the development of intelligent and effective solutions for social issues. Moreover, Microsoft for Startups will extend the benefits of its flagship program, ScaleUp, to help the shortlisted startups scale their projects and enhance their impact on society. This will include Azure credits, connect with local communities and experts as well as co-selling opportunities.

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