Startup Edmonton is partnering with Microsoft for Startups Canada, Microsoft’s global startup program available in Canada and designed to help startups scale with access to technology, mentorship and business benefits.
“Through various joint initiatives, events, and access to tech tools, Startup Edmonton’s community of innovators will benefit from Microsoft for Startups expertise and resources. That community includes more than 65 high potential startups in Preflight and Talent programs, and to the thousands of members of the broader tech community,” said the initiative in a news release on Monday.
It said the collaboration will leverage Startup Edmonton and Microsoft for Startups’ shared goal of nurturing and growing the startup ecosystem in Edmonton with specific events and programming tailored to the community, such as expert-led Lunch & Learn sessions, office hours, CTO Dinner Series, as well as custom bespoke events focusing on artificial intelligence, diversity and inclusion.
“Since 2009, supporting the incredibly hardworking founders and the teams at startups has been at the heart of our work at Startup Edmonton. Our collaboration with Microsoft for Startups is an amazing opportunity to enhance opportunities for our founders to increase their skill-base, but also expand their networks to the world,” said Tiffany Linke-Boyko, CEO – Startup Edmonton, in a news release. “I can’t wait for the Microsoft for Startups team to meet our companies and get more involved in the community.”
Eligible Startup Edmonton program members will also benefit from various Microsoft for Startup offers, including up to $120,000 in free Azure credits, as well as enterprise-grade technical support and development tools, said the organization, adding that dedicated resources will be available to prepare marketing and sales teams to effectively sell their cloud solutions to enterprise organizations working with Microsoft’s global sales organization and partner ecosystem.
“With over a decade of hard-won experience supporting area startups, we’re thrilled to team with Startup Edmonton to help these founders quickly scale their companies with streamlined access to technology and business connections,” said Adam Nanjee, Managing Director of Canada at Microsoft for Startups. “There has never been a better time to be a startup in Canada.”
Startup Edmonton is managed by Innovate Edmonton, a division of Edmonton Economic Development Corporation.