Microsoft targets 500 firms

PUTRAJAYA: Microsoft Malaysia is targeting 500 successful Malaysian companies within three years for its BizSpark programme which is aimed at helping technopreneurs.

Managing director Yasmin Mahmood said 90 Malaysian companies had participated in the programme since it was launched three months ago.

Start-up companies could enrol for the programme by obtaining sponsorship from a designated BizSpark Network partner, she said.

Among the network partners are the Association of the Computer and Multimedia Industry of Malaysia (Pikom), MSC Malaysia and Technopreneurs Association of Malaysia.

To be eligible for the programme, the start-ups must be actively engaged in the development of a software-based product or service that is a core piece of their business model, in business for less than three years and with revenue below RM1.75mil.

“Microsoft BizSpark is one of our commitments to the country,” Yasmin said after the signing of an agreement between Microsoft Malaysia and the Putrajaya Malay Chamber of Commerce (DPMM Putrajaya) last Friday.

”It is a new global programme designed to accelerate the success of early stage start-ups by connecting them to network partners, who can provide them with mentorship, guidance and resources,” she said.

The signing ceremony, witnessed by Deputy Entrepreneur and Cooperative Development Minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah, saw the appointment of DPMM Putrajaya as a BizSpark network partner and the launch of the programme for its members. - Bernama

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