Microsoft partners with Government of Telangana to empower women entrepreneurs

Hyderabad, July 19, 2019: Furthering its commitment towards building a digitally inclusive society, Microsoft today announced a partnership with the Government of Telangana’s Women Entrepreneurs Hub (WE Hub) aimed at empowering women entrepreneurs and technologists in the region. This partnership will focus on designing and execution of learning activities and tools that will enable women to innovate and encourage girls to pursue a career in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). Together, they will also provide a platform for deeper and better networking opportunities for women in various technology fields. The partnership will provide the WE Hub communities access to the state-of-the-art facilities and infrastructure at Microsoft Garage.

Underrepresentation of women in STEM fields has been an ongoing challenge in India. However, careers in science and technology are critical employment avenues today and, in the future, for driving innovation and social wellbeing. This initiative will help bridge that gap, as it will give women the opportunity to network and innovate alongside other women in STEM fields including transformational technologies like cloud and AI, empowering them to become an active part of the technology ecosystem in India.

Commenting on the partnership Deepthi Ravula, CEO, WE Hub said, “Digital technology is changing the lives of Indians across every section of society. Working with global technology leaders such as Microsoft has enabled us to bring a platform meant for growth to the doorstep of women in Telangana.”

Jayesh Ranjan, Principal Secretary to IT E & C Department said “This initiative will encourage women to actively engage in science and technology and contribute to the field not just with the state but also the nation.”

“As our engagement with technology increases, we will require more talent with advanced skillsets that are very different from what exist now. Empowering women to actively be part of this transformation is integral to the skilling revolution taking root in India. With the right technology infrastructure, institutional support, exposure and training, we can help them shape and build the India of tomorrow,” said Reena Dayal Yadav, Director Garage India, Microsoft.

Microsoft is committed to empower youth in India by helping build skills, providing access to technology, and giving them tools to support their learning. This collaboration is an extension of that effort, where both organisations will leverage each other’s strengths and assist women access more opportunities both as jobseekers and entrepreneurs.

About Microsoft India

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT” @microsoft) is the leading platform and productivity company for the mobile-first, cloud-first world, and its mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more. Microsoft set up its India operations in 1990. Today, Microsoft entities in India have over 9,000 employees, engaged in sales and marketing, research, development and customer services and support, across 11 Indian cities – Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chennai, New Delhi, Gurugram, Noida, Hyderabad, Kochi, Kolkata, Mumbai and Pune. Microsoft offers its global cloud services from local data centers to accelerate digital transformation across Indian start-ups, businesses, and government organizations. In 2016, Microsoft opened one of its eight Cybersecurity Engagement Centers in the country, to address security needs of both public and private sectors.

 About WE Hub

WE Hub is the first-of-its-kind and only State-run platform for Women Entrepreneurs initiated by the Government of Telangana. WE Hub’s primary goal is to ensure any woman entrepreneur in Telangana and across India gets all the moral, financial, governmental and policy support needed to startup and scale up. WE Hub’s vision is to promote women entrepreneurship by way of Incubation, Ecosystem Building and Access to Government. All the activities carried out, can be categorized in to each of these verticals.

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