The Microsoft Airband Initiative accelerates the growth of innovative entrepreneurs by providing financial support, product credits, and mentorship.
Who is eligible for a grant?
Grants are awarded to early-stage internet access and energy access start-ups creating technologies and business models to enable connectivity in agriculture, education, and healthcare. This includes pre-Series A companies with a working solution, paying customers, and a scalable business model.
What's the outcome?
Grant winners participate in our annual Grant Fund Summit. The summit provides peer-based mentorship and accelerator sessions. Additional meetings and activities take place throughout the year to encourage continued collaboration and partnership to help solve the digital divide.
CV Wireless is an internet service provider (ISP) that supports rural customers in Essex County, New York. Using a combination of fixed wireless solutions, including TV White Spaces, they deliver affordable broadband to households, farms, government offices, and small businesses.Learn more about CV Wireless
In rural West Virginia, Skylark Wireless, is developing next-gen wireless solutions to connect underserved populations, focusing on long-range, high-speed connectivity including massive-MIMO and TV White Spaces.Learn more about Skylark
Tribal Digital Village
Tribal Digital Village, a tribal-owned ISP based in Valley Center, California, has developed hybrid wireless networks to solve last mile connectivity challenges and enable tribal members to deliver community-based networks.Learn about Tribal Digital Village
Numbers4Health is a Colorado-based startup that provides a collection of tools to encourage increased use of telehealth solutions to drive positive change and better healthcare outcomes. The system operates across Windows, Android, and iOS environments.Learn more about Numbers4Health
Based in Kigali, Rwanda, MeshPower focuses on providing energy to off-grid regions. They've developed a smart, internet connected, PV DC microgrid which delivers 48V DC energy to customers at a fraction of the cost of traditional solutions.Learn more about MeshPower
ME Solshare, based in Daka, Bangladesh, focuses on building a peer-to-peer solar energy trading platform called SOLbox. The SOLbox device, powered by Wi-Fi towers, enables entrepreneurs to use the energy trading platform—running on a microgrid supported by real-time monitoring and an analytics backbone.Learn more about ME Solshare
Agsol, based in Nairobi, Kenya, is a startup that manufactures solar powered agro-processing machines for off-grid farming communities. Their machines process crops such as maize flour, milled rice, and grated cassava and excess power is used for lights, phone chargers, and small appliances.Learn more about Agsol
Based in Owerii, Nigeria, Cold Hubs provides solar-powered walk-in cold rooms to help eliminate the impact of food spoilage, which affects 470 million farmers globally. Their next phase of innovation involves equipping the cold rooms with Wi-Fi hotspots.Learn more about Cold Hubs