Microsoft Pakistan launched 3rd BizSpark Camp Program in Pakistan. Microsoft BizSpark Camp Program targets early stage software startups, with resources including access to Microsoft software and development tools at no cost. The program will also provide access to technical, business trainings, support and market visibility from Microsoft, through a select group of network partners – industry associations, agencies, incubators and investors – chartered with advancing entrepreneurial ism.
“Microsoft platform offers unique opportunities for developer community to build innovative solutions for solving business problems enterprises are facing in the current economically challenged environment”, said Zafar Ul Islam, Enterprise Technology Specialist, Microsoft Pakistan. “Microsoft BizSpark Camp Program enables the startups to capitalize on these opportunities by allowing free access to licensed software, latest development tools and services. It helps them to connect with various stakeholders in the industry & provide market visibility”.
The launch event was attended by more than 100 representatives from different companies, all of whom are potential candidates for this program. The event was supported by partners including Pakistan Software Houses Association for IT & ITES (P@SHA), The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE) – Karachi Chapter, IEEE Karachi Section and wi-tribe Pakistan.
“Startups need a solid technology platform, technical assistance, mentoring and market exposure to develop and grow their business. For the last 3 years BizSpark Camps have been playing a vital role in empowering startups by giving them business & technical coaching along with market visibility and assisting them in creating sound connections . We at P@SHA are keen to work with Microsoft to facilitate the young talent of Pakistan and to help them create an impact in the global ICT arena," said Jehan Ara, President, Pakistan Software Houses Association for IT and ITES (P@SHA).
This time the key focus of BizSpark Camps is on Windows Phone games and advance applications development. The camp will comprise of hands on technical trainings on Windows Phone application development along with business trainings on the concept of innovation, entrepreneurship, software sales and marketing.
Our passion is helping Pakistan software startups succeed across the globe by offering them technology access, support & visibility”, said Abid Zaidi, Commercial Account Segment Lead, Microsoft Pakistan. “Through BizSpark Camps we will be providing technical hands-on and business skills trainings to startups and entrepreneurs to help them deliver value and the best of user experience through their products and services”.
The launch of the BizSpark Camp Program clearly highlights Microsoft’s continued investment and commitment to the startups of Pakistan, and aims to accelerate the success of early stage start-ups from the country, thus helping to cultivate an already growing and successful economy.