Startup Hubs Across Canada Partner with Microsoft Ventures to Support Local Ecosystems

Posted by Techvibes NewsDesk

Working to help foster Canadian innovation and entrepreneurship, Microsoft Canada has announced new relationships with three of our nations's startup hubs.

Launch Academy in Vancouver, Notman House in Montreal, and MaRS Discovery District in Toronto will work with Microsoft Ventures, a global initiative to help entrepreneurs build great companies.

"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," says Cliff Reeves, senior director of community programs, Microsoft Ventures.

RELATED: Microsoft Ventures Launches, Unifies BizSpark, Bing and Accelerators

Microsoft Ventures works by offering resources to help launch successful businesses and, by extension, to help grow the Canadian economy overall. The company says it will be on-site at all three locations to provide technical mentorship and assistance as well as access to devices for development and testing. The startups will be further supported by the Microsoft BizSpark program.

"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.

"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," added Alan MacIntosh, president of OSMO Foundation.

"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 of Launch Academy

Company:
Microsoft Canada
Website:
http://www.microsoft.ca
Location:
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

At Microsoft, we're motivated and inspired every day by how our customers use our software to find creative solutions to business problems, develop breakthrough ideas, and stay connected to what's most important to them. We run our business in much the same way, and believe our seven core business units offer the greatest potential to serve our customers in the coming decade. more

Company:
MaRS
Website:
http://www.marsdd.com
Location:
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

MaRS connects the communities of science, business and capital and fosters collaboration among them. This happens physically through location of research labs, companies of all sizes, business advisors, investors and professional services within the MaRS Centre and more broadly through hands-on advisory services, entrepreneurial programming, our structured networks and expanding electronic community. Located in... more

Company:
Launch Academy
Website:
http://www.launchacademy.ca
Location:
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Launch Academy is a pre-accelerator program that helps entrepreneurs execute on their startups through education, mentorship, lean metrics and networking opportunities. Launch Academy has established an environment where ideas are vetted, business models are tested and successes are celebrated. Founded on the values of innovation, opportunities and accountability, Launch Academy addresses the lack of startup... more


blog comments powered by Disqus

Techvibes NewsDesk

Techvibes NewsDesk

Techvibes is Canada's leading technology media property.Founded in 2002, Techvibes covers technology and business news that impacts Canadians. We combine breaking local news with international coverage to deliver a unique balance of insight and information. The Techvibes Newsdesk covers a broad beat and publishes general news stories. If you have a story you would like covered, email... more



Who's Hiring



Recent Comments

Powered by Disqus