Today at our campus in Mountain View, we are hosting the 9th Founder Showcase.

BizSpark exists to help early-stage technology startups succeed around the world (now in 100 countries with 45,000+ startups) and it wouldn’t be successful without our partners: incubators, accelerators, advisors, investors, government agencies, mentoring groups, foundations – all supporting software-fueled innovation and the next generation of technology entrepreneurs.

 

In less than three years Founder Institute has launched over 415 companies in over 20 cities across four continents, and growing.

The Founder Institute is arguably one of the largest organizations for entrepreneurs to receive advice and mentoring, helping them create meaningful and enduring technology companies. A four month pre-seed incubator program, you receive expert training, feedback, and support from experienced startup CEOs. The ‘Bonus Pool’ also shares equity upside with all participants, creating local, teamwork-based ecosystems where great startups can flourish.

We’re delighted to be deepening our relationship with Founder Institute in five centers where Microsoft and FI will partner on Startup Acceleration: Paris, Amsterdam, Brussels, Santiago and Singapore.

Founders will have access to Microsoft resources in each of these cities, including:

  • Access to Microsoft developer and platform technologies through BizSpark
  • Access to Microsoft offerings, such as Windows Azure
  • Technical and training events at Microsoft and partners
  • Microsoft Mentors to help Founders develop technology offerings
  • Access for Founders to Microsoft BizSpark Camps and technical events
  • Leveraging Microsoft industry partnerships, such as DEMO Asia

Of course, BizSpark is available to all Founder Institute class participants and graduates. Sign up here if you’re not already a member.

One lucky FI graduate, and BizSpark member startup, from the recent semester in Hanoi, Jakarta or Singapore will get a spot to deliver an Alpha Pitch on stage at DEMO Asia in Singapore in a few weeks.