Artificial Intelligence: Microsoft launches Microsoft AI Innovate for start-ups in India

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Artificial Intelligence: Microsoft launches Microsoft AI Innovate for start-ups in India
Artificial Intelligence: Microsoft launches Microsoft AI Innovate for start-ups in India

AI is increasingly transitioning from artificial intelligence into augmented intelligence that ensures efficient, faster, more targeted experiences for everybody

For nurturing and scaling start-ups that are leveraging artificial intelligence (AI), Tech giant Microsoft on Wednesday launched a new programme Microsoft AI Innovate. To help start-ups scale operations, drive innovation, and build industry expertise, the 10-week initiative will support start-ups in India leveraging artificial intelligence technologies.

Both B2B and B2C start-ups from various industries, including financial services, healthcare, education, agriculture, space, manufacturing and logistics, retail, and e-commerce can participate in the quarterly cohorts of this programme.

The launch cohort, supported by TiE Mumbai, will kick-start in November 2021. The first cohort will focus on manufacturing and logistics and the second one will focus on fin-tech.

“AI is increasingly transitioning from artificial intelligence into augmented intelligence that ensures efficient, faster, more targeted experiences for everybody”.

“AI has a tremendous potential to empower people and institutions to do better, understand customers more deeply, share information more quickly and enable scientific breakthroughs”, Anant Maheshwari, India President of Microsoft said at a virtual event.

He added that India has the third-largest artificial intelligence start-up ecosystem in the world.

“Artificial intelligence adoption can add more than USD 90 billion to the Indian economy by 2035 to maximise AI’s potential and mitigate its risks, we need to develop artificial intelligence in a way that is responsible and fosters trust”.

“As creators, users and advocates of technology, it is important for us to make careful choices so that technology ultimately translates into benefits and opportunities for all”, Maheshwari said.

Trust is non-negotiable and everyone is accountable for creating a responsible, trusted and ethical tech ecosystem, he noted.

Microsoft will focus on providing tech and business opportunities to start-ups through for improving their solutions, transforming organisations and building responsibly to make artificial intelligence accessible to everyone, Maheshwari said.

With Microsoft’s sales and partner networks, the programme will also enable start-ups to reach out to newer customers and geographies.

Mentoring by unicorn founders, skilling and certification opportunities, among other benefits, the selected start-ups in each of the cohorts will have access to industry deep-dive sessions and artificial intelligence master classes by industry experts.

The programme, catering to technical and business audiences, will bring together leading-edge tech know-how, global GTM (go to market) partnerships as well as engineering and research experts from Microsoft.

Including Azure benefits (in addition to free cloud credits) and product engineering support among other benefits, qualified seed to series-B start-ups will be provided with technical enablement benefits. They will also receive support with business and sales acceleration needs such as marketplace on-boarding.

Start-ups with enterprise-ready solutions will be provided opportunities to build their solutions alongside a dedicated team of professionals.

They will get go-to-market support as well as co-selling benefits with Microsoft’s sales team and partner ecosystem. The start-ups will also get access to top partner and customer events to strengthen their networking reach.

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