Microsoft for Australian Space Startups
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Microsoft for Australian Space Startups Eligibility Requirements
To be eligible for Microsoft for Australian Space Startups, your startup is:
- Focussed on being part of Australia’s burgeoning space scene
- Under seven years old
- A privately held, for-profit business
- Engaged in developing a software-based product that’s owned not licensed
- Not a recipient of more than $10,000 in Azure Credits
- Not an educational institution, government entity, personal blog, dev shop, consultancy, professional services firm, agency, or bitcoin or crypto mining company
- Not a managed customer of Microsoft or one of our CSP partners
Whether you’re building intelligent Earth-observation satellites, enabling the creation of climate-resilient cities with space data or building space cybersecurity solutions, Space Startups do ground-breaking work. Collaborating with Space Startups inspires and invigorates us at Microsoft, and we can’t wait to work with the next innovative company.Learn more about our startup partnerships
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Still have questions? Want to talk with our space industry experts?
Contact us for further information: SpacestartupsAU@microsoft.com
Frequently Asked Questions
The space community is growing rapidly, and innovation is lowering the barriers of access for public- and private-sector organisations. Microsoft wants to make space connectivity and compute more accessible for industries like agriculture, energy, telecommunications, and government.
Founders can apply directly from the Microsoft for Startups. We look forward to hearing from you and are excited to review your application.
Our team reviews every application and evaluates how well a company meets the eligibility criteria at the time of application. You may reapply when you feel your startup better fits the guidelines or if you’d like to provide additional information to be reviewed.
Once 14 days have passed, a previously declined founder can reapply through.
We love bootstrapped startups and would be happy to consider you. Please apply so we can learn all about you and your business idea!
The M12 venture fund and its initiatives and investments operate independently of Microsoft for Startups. Microsoft for Startups does often collaborate with M12, but we are a separate initiative and do not offer venture capital.