Aalto Startup Center in Aalto University and Microsoft announce strategic alliance to empower startups

 |   Microsoft News Center

"Connect with vetted experts and mentors to help you build a more successful startup. Microsoft for Startups Founders Hub. Aalto University Startup Center."

Aalto Startup Center in Aalto University and Microsoft are delighted to announce a strategic alliance aimed at strengthening the startup ecosystem. Through the Microsoft for Startups Founders Hub program, Microsoft will provide invaluable support to startups, equipping them with the necessary tools, resources, and expertise to succeed in the competitive business landscape.

“This collaboration marks a significant milestone in the journey of Aalto Startup Center and Microsoft. Our efforts have already achieved great things together, and our expectations for the future are even more ambitious. Microsoft’s initiative to provide excellent knowledge and tools for our portfolio companies makes it possible for them to further develop their expertise. Together, we are dedicated to providing startups with the resources and skills they need to make an impact, setting them on a trajectory toward success”, says Marika Paakkala, Head of Aalto University Startup Center.

The Founders Hub program is specifically designed to remove traditional barriers that often impede startup growth. Participants will gain access to a comprehensive suite of essential resources, including:

  • Microsoft Azure credits, valued at up to $150,000 over four years.
  • Complimentary access to Microsoft Visual Studio and GitHub Enterprise.
  • Microsoft 365 licenses, featuring essential tools like Microsoft Teams for seamless business operations.
  • Free licenses for Microsoft Dynamics365 and Power Platform, enabling enhanced efficiency and productivity.
  • Round-the-clock technical support for uninterrupted innovation.
  • Entry into a vibrant mentor community, offering invaluable guidance and insights.

Microsoft’s commitment to skilling and local support further enhances the scope of this partnership alliance. More details will be unveiled at the official launch event on 13.02.2024.

“We have great faith in the potential of these startups and are excited to provide them with access to the top-notch tools and expertise that Microsoft brings to the table. Through this alliance, our goal is to ignite innovation, cultivate expansion, and empower the upcoming generation of entrepreneurs. Startups will receive comprehensive support throughout their product development journey and will be introduced to leveraging the Microsoft ecosystem to propel their business forward. Moreover, AI offering working alongside startups in a practical, meaningful way to deliver business productivity and customer experience. That is across every software platform and every consumer experience”, says Tarja Jernström, Global Partner Solutions Lead at Microsoft Finland.

We invite you to join our Founders Hub launch event on 13.02.2024! Learn more about our collaboration and the benefits that await you, especially in the field of AI. Register here

About Aalto Startup Center in Aalto University:

Aalto Startup Center is a hybrid accelerator offering its own incubator and accelerator services, as well as several partnership programs. It helps research-based and innovative deep-tech startups to build healthy, sustainable and scalable businesses by coaching, providing a wide ecosystem and matchmaking with relevant key players and stakeholders.