Technology can make dreams come true and there is no better example than that of Huan Zhou’s life story, a mere 21-year-old fresh college graduate. Using Microsoft technology, Huan Zhou started his own eCommerce store selling locally branded cosmetics, and managed to earn a five diamond credibility rating on the Chinese equivalent of eBay – Taobao.

Huan Zhou’s story is not without its share of disappointments. His journey began as an enthusiastic student in his college days when he set up his first eCommerce shop. This resulted in failure as he lacked the capital and the relevant Information Technology (IT) skills required to maintain a stable stream of customers. Just when he decided to give up, he chanced upon a recommendation from a friend to attend the Microsoft Community Technology Skills Program offered at the Beijing Entrepreneurship Community Technology Center (CTC). Attending the course made him realize the entrepreneurship potential he had within, and all that was needed was the right kind of training and technology to help bring his business dream to fruition.

It was the hands-on IT training he received at the CTC that showed him the possibilities of technology. With Microsoft software, Huan Zhou learnt how to design a series of eye-catching webpages within his virtual shop space. The end product was so successful that he managed to draw in a healthy flow of customers, raise his credibility and even hire a humble group of six employees to help operate his business. Using the Microsoft IT skills he picked up, Huan Zhou managed to translate business ideas to reality – demonstrating Microsoft’s core belief that technology can, in fact, change lives.

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