Microsoft for Startups: Global Ecosystem Update

Last year, we launched Microsoft for Startups with the goal of supporting commercially-focused startups as they grow their companies through access to customers globally through one of the world’s largest distribution channel and direct salesforce. Over this past year, I’ve had the opportunity to talk to hundreds of founders and investors from around the world about what matters to them and how we can best help. Today we’re kicking off a new monthly blog series as a way of sharing these conversations and what is happening in and around our startup ecosystem. Once a month, we’ll assemble the latest news from Microsoft and celebrate the successes of startups that we’re partnering with around the world.


Startup Talks

Microsoft for Startups: Global Ecosystem Update

Earlier this month, I had the pleasure of speaking at Startup Grind in the Create33 space in downtown Seattle. The following video includes a lengthy discussion between me and Michael Grabham, Founder of Esidarap Inc where we cover how Microsoft for Startups works and more broadly how as a company we’re approaching engagements with startups around the world.

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Microsoft for Startups: Global Ecosystem Update

My co-worker and friend Jeff Sandquist, General Manager of Developer Relations at Microsoft also spoke at Silicon Slopes in Salt Lake City about how Microsoft is hungry to partner with startups and how we can help startups drive business growth and transformation for their customers.  He was joined by David Elkington, CEO of who shared his insights on driving growth through technology and embracing Azure. You can watch the recording:

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Startup Spotlight

Microsoft for Startups: Global Ecosystem Update

DefinedCrowd offers an intelligent data infrastructure for AI that provides high-quality training data to help machine learning oriented products quickly get to market. Read about how closed a $3.5 million deal with a global tech giant within their first 30 days of joining the Microsoft for Startups program.

Microsoft for Startups: Global Ecosystem Update

Egress closed a deal to provide secure email solution for Martins Point Healthcare.


Microsoft for Startups: Global Ecosystem Update was selected as one of Forbes Top 25 IoT Startups to Watch in 2019

Microsoft for Startups: Global Ecosystem Update

Luminate was acquired by Symantec for over $200 million.

Microsoft for Startups: Global Ecosystem Update

Great overview of Microsoft’s AI Factory housed in Paris-based Station F which was recently crowned the “world’s largest startup campus.” 18 months after launching, Microsoft has support 17 startups to date, creating nearly 100 new jobs and raising $12.2M euros. You can read more here.


Upcoming Startup Events and Webinars

Black Women Talk Tech Conference 2019 (New York, New York. February 27th-March 1st, 2019)

Black Women Talk Tech (BWTT) is a collective of black women tech founders who have a unique understanding fo the challenges black women startup owners face in the industry but most importantly they understand the contribution of these innovations.  Microsoft's Chris Lwanga, Director, Software Partnerships will be speaking at the event.  If you're in the area, please check it out. 

Female Founder Alliance Access (Seattle, Washington. March 5, 2019)

The Female Founders Alliance Access Series is designed to help founders move their business forward by fostering meaningful connections with the people and organizations that are most difficult to access for underrepresented founders. Access Seattle addresses the top three things our members need the most: access to investors, partners and media. Microsoft for Startups will be sponsoring the event. We invite you to register here.


Microsoft for Startups at SXSW (Austin, Texas. March 8, 2019)

Microsoft for Startup will be active in Austin this March.  Attendees of the SXSW are invited to attend our Inflection event which will engage startups with content relating to the intersection of technology and culture. You can learn more here.   Also 4co is hosting a Mega Stop for this year's SXSW Startup Crawl highlighting the tech industry in Northwest Arkansas. Microsoft for Startups is sponsoring the event. If you’re at SXSW, we invite you to RSVP here.


Commandments of Outstanding Presentation Slides (March 21st, 9 AM PST)

Iskender Dirik, Manager Director of Microsoft for Startups Berlin has developed the "Commandments of Outstanding Presentations" (COUP) framework and delivers it through a unique workshop format. In this webinar session, Iskender will provide an entertaining and impactful lecture about the third chapter of his framework: Designing impactful presentation slides.


Leadership and Talent Development in the Digital Age (April 2nd, 9 AM PST)

Talent development is one of the most important success factors in the digital age, especially for fast-growing companies. Join this exciting webinar to learn more about "Designing Talent," a state-of-the art leadership and talent development framework based on Design Thinking, and discover how to optimally leverage your and your people´s talent and potential. In this session, you will have the opportunity to gain cutting-edge insights to accelerate growth and establish leadership structures, foster an entrepreneurial mindset to get things done with limited resources, and learn to apply a simple, yet highly efficient process to solve all kinds of challenges on an individual, team, and company level.


Microsoft for Startups Overview Webinar (Recording)

Ian Bergman, Managing Director for Microsoft for Startup delivers a session describing the program covering both the technology and business enablement offerings.


Azure Marketplace and AppSource Publisher Onboarding and Support (Recording)

Ready to publish your solution on Azure Marketplace or Appsource? Mark Molumby, Senior Program Manager at Microsoft walks you through the onboarding process arming you with best practices and support resources.