INDIA: Microsoft and the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) partnered to support space-tech businesses in India a few weeks after India successfully tested the first rocket produced by private industry.
On Thursday, a Memorandum of Understanding was inked to support start-ups in space technology across the nation.
According to the new agreement, ISRO-identified space tech entrepreneurs will be welcomed onto the Microsoft for Startups Founders Hub platform, which aids businesses from the conception of an idea to the creation of a unicorn.
The opportunity will give startup entrepreneurs full access to the technological resources and tools they need to establish and run their companies.
The partnership between ISRO and Microsoft will let space technology entrepreneurs analyse and handle massive amounts of satellite data for a variety of applications utilising cutting-edge techniques like AI, machine learning, and deep learning.
To help the domestic space technology ecosystem, the Microsoft for Companies Founders Hub serves as a convenient gathering place for startups and providers of technology solutions.
ISRO director S. Somnath said in a statement, “We are happy to work together to support and assist entrepreneurs, which will ultimately benefit the Indian economy as a whole.”
The partnership will offer technical assistance to create and scale on Azure, access to smart analytics with Power BI and Dynamics 365, and best-in-class developer and productivity tools including GitHub Enterprise, Visual Studio Enterprise, and Microsoft 365.
“Space tech startups in India are making a substantial contribution to the technological advancement of the nation’s space capabilities.” “In order to hasten this change in what is feasible in space, we are happy to work with ISRO,” Anant Maheshwari, President of Microsoft India, stated.
“We are deeply committed to supporting space tech entrepreneurs in the country to drive cutting-edge innovation and accelerate scientific discovery.” “This is done through our technology tools, platforms, and mentorship opportunities,” he added.
Microsoft will support space tech entrepreneurs through mentoring in a variety of fields, including cloud technologies, product and design, funding, sales, and marketing, as part of the deal.
The entrepreneurs will also get access to Microsoft Learn, which offers programmes and training materials specifically designed to help them network with other businesses and potential clients.
Additionally, leadership training sessions with space industry professionals will be organised for startups.
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