Start Up Businesses Get a Helping Hand with Microsoft BizSpark
Microsoft Malaysia's recently launched BizSpark program aims to reach 500 successful Malaysian companies within three years. The Malay Chamber of Commerce (DPMM) has been appointed a network partner in the program. The Association of the Computer and Multimedia Industry of Malaysia (PIKOM), MSC Malaysia and the Technopreneurs Association of Malaysia are existing partners in the program.
Microsoft BizSpark has recently expanded their partners to include Cradle Fund Sdn Bhd (Cradle). Under this partnership, budding Malaysian start-ups with innovative solutions will stand to gain from technology and commercial mentoring from Microsoft coupled with funding support from Cradle of up to RM500,000 to attain commercialization of the technology.
New Beginnings for 116 Young Women
In December 2009, 116 young women graduated from the Information and Communication Technology for Employability and Entrepreneurship project. Theirs is the first class to graduate from the project conducted by the YWCA Vocational Training Opportunity Centre.
Information and Communication Technology for Employability and Entrepreneurship project is funded by a grant from Microsoft Unlimited Potential, which includes cash,Microsoft software licenses and Unlimited Potential curriculum materials. The young women not only receive training in basic computer skills, but YWCA also works to place graduates within its database of employers. At the graduation ceremony, the Ministry of Human Resources presented YWCA with US$316,000 in support and recognition of its activities to empower women.
Team from USM Wins Top Award at Imagine Cup 2009
For seven students from University Sains Malaysia (USM), participating in Microsoft's Imagine Cup in Cairo, Egypt, wasn't just another cultural experience. The teams - Team Cosmic and Team Capricorn - won the first and third prizes respectively, for the Unlimited Potential (UP) Design for Development Award at Imagine Cup 2009.
Virtual Health Connect – the project by Team Cosmic from USM, Malaysia was the winning entry for Imagine Cup 2009. Team Cosmic, clinched the US$10,000 (RM36,000) first prize with an application that could help parents keep track of their children's immunization schedules. The application automatically sends SMS [Short Message Service] reminders to parents ahead of an immunization session.
Third prize winner, Team Capricorn walked away with a US$1,000 prize for their GreenEve2Peace invention. The solution – a collaboration with Muda Agricultural Development Authority (MADA) - aims to help the farming community by providing them with up-to-date weather broadcast information and a timetable that could maximize farming efforts.
Microsoft Curriculum for Accessibility and Reach for Education
Launched at the 17th Commonwealth Education Ministers' conference in Kuala Lumpur, Microsoft's Curriculum for Accessibility and Reach for Education (CARE), an online set of more than 60 animated tutorials and exercises, will help students with disabilities and their teachers use computers more effectively.
The CARE website was built on MARVIN, an award-winning application that allows students to create personalized characters and animation to tell stories in a way that fosters their love of technology.
Warisan Global and Microsoft Partner for First FastTrac Program Outside United States
In a joint initiative to help entrepreneurs hone their skills to create, manage and grow successful businesses, Warisan Global Sdn Bhd and Microsoft Malaysia announced plans to deliver the first ever FastTrac program outside the United States.
Developed by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, the largest US-based organization solely focused on entrepreneurial success, FastTrac programs aim to help entrepreneurs create successful businesses, while connecting and building an entire entrepreneurial community using a practical, hands-on approach.
As a Network Partner, Warisan Global will offer the Microsoft WebsiteSpark to participants of its FastTrac Tech Venture program, further adding value and world-class resources to boost their entrepreneurial efforts.
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