Microsoft isn't new to helping startups. Since 2008, the company has supported more than 75,000 startups from over 100 countries.
Microsoft wants to help businesses, particularly startups to thrive and grow in today's fierce and competitive market. So it is launching a new program called Microsoft Ventures, a coordinated effort from the folks over at Microsoft.
It's not just about providing seed funding, says Rahul Sood, the General Manager of Microsoft Startups. The program also provides tools, resources, market routes, mentorship, technology tips, joint selling opportunities, and more.
For promising startups, Microsoft promises to "help in ways very few can match." BizSpark, an accelerator program and a seed fund that works with startups, will be joining in to offer access to Microsoft tools and technologies, including Windows and Office, Visual Studio, Windows Azure and more.
Entrepreneurs can apply to a 3 to 6-month program in various locations around the world - Bangalore, Beijing, Paris, Seattle, and Tel-Aviv. Soon, Berlin, Moscow, and Rio de Janeiro will be included in the list of locations.
In order to apply, one must have a full-time founding team and a strong vision to suceed. Furthermore, that company must have less than $1 million in funding. If you are interested, visit Microsoft Ventures here.