At Microsoft for Startups, our core mission is to help all founders, no matter their background or stage, succeed at every step in their startup journey. When we launched Founders Hub in March 2022, we aimed to remove the barriers to startup success by giving founders at any stage free resources to help build a successful startup – from Azure credits to expert guidance.
Since we’ve launched, our focus has been to continue building value for our startups. We’ve met with hundreds of founders – from those just starting companies to those with successful exits – to better understand their needs and challenges. From those conversations we’ve added a host of new benefits – from access to GPT-3 models with Open AI, to no-code tools like Bubble – and will continue to add new benefits to help our startups succeed.
Some of the challenges we heard again and again were the pains of hiring talent, finding customers and networking with peers and investors. To help with those needs, we are delighted to add LinkedIn to our pool of benefits.
Starting Tuesday November 1st, qualified members of Microsoft for Startups Founders Hub will have access to four LinkedIn products:
Hire the right people with Recruiter Lite
Startups magazine recently claimed that, “Hiring new talent is the most unexpected challenge faced by entrepreneurs when running a small business.” To help you tackle that challenge, we are offering qualified members a 3-month subscription to Recruiter Lite. Recruiter Lite helps you make the most of your network to identify the right hires for your company and build out a candidate pipeline to fill the talent gaps as you expand.
Grow your business with Sales Navigator Core
Supercharge your startup’s revenue generation capabilities with the world’s largest professional network. Now qualified members of Microsoft for Startups Founders Hub can get 3 months access to LinkedIn’s Sales Navigator Core, using people-powered insights to target the right buyers, understand who they are, and engage effectively.
Expand your network with LinkedIn Premium Business
LinkedIn Premium Business empowers you to achieve your startup’s goals faster. Get exclusive access to insights, search tools, and extra InMail credits to directly message the right people to grow your business.
With LinkedIn Premium Business you can also access data and insights on companies relevant to your business, find and connect with potential leads outside of your network, and create opportunities by turning your profile views into strategic connections. Microsoft for Startups Founders Hub is now offering qualified members a 3-month subscription.
Build brands with LinkedIn Ads
Advertising on LinkedIn’s unparalleled professional network can help your brand engage a community of decision makers to drive actions that are relevant to your business. Qualified members of Microsoft for Startups Founders Hub can now receive up to $1,000 in ad credits to generate leads, drive traffic and build awareness for their startup brand and product.
Democratizing access for Microsoft for Startups Founders Hub members
“Part of growing a business is reaching the right audience at the right time, whether that’s finding a buyer or recruiting new hires with the skills needed to succeed,” said Scott Roberts, VP of Business Development at LinkedIn. “Microsoft for Startups Founders Hub is designed to give startups the tools needed to grow their business and with the inclusion of LinkedIn offerings, we’re going to help create connection with the audiences that matter most to them.”
With Microsoft for Startups Founders Hub, our goal is to help foster success at each phase of the journey,” said Charlotte Yarkoni, President, Microsoft Commerce + Ecosystems. “Startups globally are taking advantage of existing benefits such as Azure credits and free software to help with cost-optimization and technical advisory to build a better product, so we’re excited to add new value with LinkedIn to help founders hire talent, find—and win—customers, and network with peers and investors.”
These benefits allow qualified startups to leverage the broad spectrum of LinkedIn services to drive their businesses forward. The availability of the benefits across all levels in our program means qualified members can access these tools, even those at the earliest stages of their development.
To get access to these benefits from LinkedIn together with a comprehensive range of Microsoft tools and third-party offerings, sign up for Microsoft for Startups Founders Hub today.
Tags: LinkedIn, LinkedIn Ads, LinkedIn Premium Business, Recruiter Lite, Sales Navigator Core