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Microsoft Airband Initiative Grant Fund

The Microsoft Airband Initiative Grant Fund seeks to support, grow, and scale innovative businesses that are developing technologies, services, and business models that help billions of people affordably get online and gain access to energy. Annual grant fund applications are now closed. Please check back in December 2018.

“Bringing power to a community means improving lives even in the simplest ways like when a mother of four in Haiti no longer has to wake her children before dawn to study by the light of the streetlamp before school.”

-Natasha Skreslet, Sigora

Grant application criteria

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Who we fund

We fund early-stage internet access and energy access start-ups. We are also interested in technologies and business models enabling connectivity in the agriculture, education, and healthcare verticals. This includes pre-Series A companies with a working solution, paying customers, and a strong business model with the potential for scale. Commitment to utilizing the Microsoft Cloud Platform and services in underserved market is a plus.

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Application process

Our annual grant application process opens in December and closes at the end of January. Round one and two reviews occur throughout the months of February and March. Applicants invited to round three will be notified in April, with award announcements taking place in May. We encourage you to review our class of ’17 grant fund winners, as well as past grant recipients, to better understand the kinds of companies we fund.

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Grant winners are invited to participate in our annual Grant Fund Summit in September, which encompasses a peer-based mentorship and accelerator week at Microsoft’s Corporate headquarters in Redmond, Washington, USA. Ongoing calls, meetings, marketing, PR, and storytelling activities take place throughout the year to encourage cross-cohort collaboration and partnership.

Meet the class of '17 grant winners

Meet our previous grant recipients

Additional community resources

Contact Microsoft Airband Initiative.

If you have questions, need any answers, or want any additional information, we’re here to help.