Startup hubs in Montreal, Toronto & Vancouver partner with Microsoft
Ventures to bring support to local startups
TORONTO, Oct. 31, 2013 /CNW/ - Working to help foster Canadian
innovation and entrepreneurship, Microsoft Canada announced today
formal relationships with three of the country's leading startup hubs:
Launch Academy in Vancouver, Montreal's Notman House and MaRS Discovery
District in Toronto.
The relationship is part of Microsoft Ventures, a global initiative to
help entrepreneurs build great companies. Working with startups at
every stage of maturity, the initiative provides the tools, resources,
and expertise startups need to help succeed.
"We are excited to partner with these three leading startup hubs because
entrepreneurism is a local phenomenon and Launch Academy, Notman House
and MaRS Discovery District with their proven record for success,
represent amazing examples of startup innovation, support and
community," said Cliff Reeves, senior director of community programs,
Microsoft Ventures. "Great ideas and smart businesses are created in
local entrepreneurial communities and we are looking forward to
collaborating with Launch Academy, Notman House and MaRS Discovery
District, some of Canada's leading startup hubs."
Microsoft Ventures works actively in the community to empower and enable
entrepreneurs to thrive by offering resources to help launch successful
businesses and, by extension, to help grow the Canadian economy
overall. Microsoft is on site at all three locations to provide
technical mentorship and assistance as well as access to devices for
development and testing. The Microsoft BizSpark program further
supports tech startups by providing them with free software including
Windows, Visual Studio, Office and more representing over $13,000 in
software. Windows Azure cloud hosting credits worth $150 a month is
also available to technology based startups through Microsoft BizSpark.
For more information about Microsoft Ventures, visit www.microsoftventures.com
For more information about Microsoft BizSpark, visit www.microsoft.com/bizspark
Learn More about Each Startup Hub
MaRS Discovery District (@marsdd): Toronto's MaRS Discovery District is
one of the world's largest urban innovation centres, cultivating
high-impact ventures and equipping innovators to drive economic and
social prosperity in Canada. MaRS' Information Technology,
Communications & Entertainment (ICE) practice supports key industry
clusters by providing them with business/technical advisory services,
education and market research, and connecting them to talent, customers
and capital. MaRS' global reputation for innovation and dedication to
building high-growth companies makes them an ideal partner.
Notman House (@notman): Montreal represents a growing share of the
Canadian tech startup ecosystem, with many startups emerging and an
extremely active venture capital scene, and Notman House brings
together players from all parts of the community. Notman House has
rapidly become the "Home of the Web" in Montreal, making it a natural
fit to partner with Microsoft. Many great founders, startups, and ideas
have been born from the meeting space, where events and meetups occur
almost daily, and the office space provides a place for collaboration
and growth for many startups, both from Montreal and abroad.
Launch Academy (@launch_academy): Vancouver is known as a creative and
entrepreneurial city and Launch Academy embodies this through their
pre-accelerator program and co-working space. Launch Academy aims to
build a vibrant startup ecosystem and a prosperous economy where new
jobs are created and new markets are discovered, which is why Microsoft
is excited to partner with them.
Visit Microsoft Ventures at www.microsoftventures.com to learn more about how Microsoft is helping the next generation of
smart companies take flight.
Quotes from Microsoft Ventures Partners:
"Having members of the Microsoft Ventures team onsite at MaRS offers
tremendous value to the diverse and talented entrepreneurs who gather
here from across many fields and focus on many different technologies
and markets," said Salim Teja, Managing Director of MaRS' ICE practice.
"We're thrilled to have them here as a resource for our startups."
"Montreal has a growing web culture, and being the "Home of the Web"
allows us to be at the center of all things tech in Montreal. Having
Microsoft Ventures and BizSpark permanently in the house has been a
fantastic offering for the city's developers, who are constantly
seeking to bring new innovations to the web space. An invaluable
partner, they offer our visitors access to markets that they wouldn't
have otherwise, as well as unparalleled support for our developers
through their presence at the House." Said Alan MacIntosh, President of
"This relationship embodies the spirit of creativity and
entrepreneurship here in Vancouver. Microsoft has been instrumental in
the growth and establishment of Launch Academy as the Centre for
Entrepreneurship in British Columbia. We are excited to expand our
relationship with Microsoft Ventures and continue building the vibrant
startup ecosystem and prosperous economy we all aspire to achieve,"
said Ray Walia Executive Director, Launch Academy.
About Microsoft Canada
Established in 1985, Microsoft Canada Inc. is the Canadian subsidiary of
Microsoft Corporation (Nasdaq "MSFT") the worldwide leader in software,
services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their
full potential. Microsoft Canada provides nationwide sales, marketing,
consulting and local support services in both French and English.
Headquartered in Mississauga, Microsoft Canada has nine regional
offices across the country dedicated to empowering people through great
software - any time, any place and on any device. For more information
on Microsoft Canada, please visit www.microsoft.ca.
SOURCE: Microsoft Canada Inc.
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