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.
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