Microsoft India has believes in the Indian start-ups and has assisted more than 4,000 start-ups in India, conducting skill training for 30,000 people along with 26,000 teachers while working with several state governments and non-profit organisations during FY17 in India, as per its India Citizenship Report.
The company recognises that India's entrepreneurial landscape would aid robust economic growth in the coming years and was committed to contributing to the Indian start-up growth story. The company has supported and guided the start-ups with programs like BizSpark and Microsoft Accelerator.
Microsoft has trained over 8,124 teachers under Project Shiksha, impacting 361,000 students across Tamil Nadu, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh.
BizSpark is a Microsoft initiative, is aimed at supporting early stage start-ups. More than 100 Indian start-ups were selected under the BizSpark Plus program in 2016-17 which helped them grow their customer base.
Microsoft Accelerator empowered start-ups on their journey to build great companies, working with market-ready start-ups and provide the tools, resources, connections, knowledge and expertise that they need to become successful companies.
The Microsoft Cloud Accelerator Program served to accelerate the adoption of services such as Microsoft Azure and transform business and governance in a mobile-first and cloud-first world.
Under Project Saksham, the company has conducted trainings for over 3,307 educators across 123 universities. These faculty members have, in turn, trained 1,126 of their peers. The company has trained over 661 teachers across 21 universities in FY17.
In line with government's Skill India vision, the company brought Predictive Analysis and Machine Learning technologies to education, healthcare and agriculture in partnership with several state governments.
The company's cloud-first solutions have improved processes, productivity and mobility, in order to accelerate India's digital transformation. Microsoft Philanthropies has invested over $ 10 million in technology to transform the way non-profits deliver impact in India, offering educational opportunities to the next generation.