Microsoft India I-Spark program aimed to drive innovation among students

Hyderabad, July 24: Microsoft Corporation (India) Private Ltd, Indian arm of global software company Microsoft Corp, USA is active in roping in more and more academic centers under its I-Spark program. I-Spark is a innovative effort to drive the students towards do new things and motivate them to become entrepreneurs. The latest addition to this effort was Chennai based Anna University.
The Anna University, known for its academic excellence in technical education signed a MoU to launch the I-Spark program in the institution. The university is the first one in Tamil Nadu.

According to a Microsoft India note, the I-Spark program is an attempt to bridge the gap between industry needs and student readiness by accelerating adoption of technology which strengthens IT competencies among students and creates better employment opportunities.
So far, 50,000 students in 25 colleges across 5 states have benefited from the program.

The I-Spark program comprises an ‘Innovation Platform’ – which acts as a ‘hub for collaboration’ amongst colleges, universities, government/quasi-government bodies, industry bodies and partners. It is a unique inclusive platform that is created to facilitate growth of the local software economy in the country.
More details about I-Spark program:
Microsoft supports aspiring entrepreneurs at every crucial stage of their lifecycles, through

–          DreamSpark, a program which provides developer tools to students free of charge. Over 4 million students have already gained access to the latest Microsoft tools in India through this.

–          WebsiteSpark, a program that gives web designers and developers a jump-start by providing the tools and resources needed to build great websites, free of cost.

–          BizSpark, a program designed to accelerate the success of IT entrepreneurs through software support. So far, over 1300 Indian startups have been provided professional software at no charge.

–          BizSpark One, an invite only program, aimed at accelerating the growth of select high potential startups through a one-to-one relationship with Microsoft and a global community of advisors, investors, and peers.

–          BizSpark Startup Challenge 2011, a unique contest for start-ups in the field of product software to showcase their innovative business plans, receive feedback, and mentorship from top investors and Microsoft. The two winners were recently rewarded with a grant of USD 40,000 each.

I-Spark is part of this family of initiatives, similarly aimed at encouraging entrepreneurship in spirit and kind.

Source: Microsoft announcement

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