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Microsoft's 'sparking' of Malaysian start-ups wins award

AvantiKumar | May 18, 2012
Microsoft Malaysia's BizSpark programme garners MVCA 2012 award.

MVCA and  Microsoft Malaysia

PHOTO - (from left) Datuk Dr Mohd Irwan Serigar Abdullah, deputy secretary general of the Treasury, MVCA presenting the MVCA award to Peter Tam, director of local software innovations, Microsoft Malaysia.

Software giant Microsoft Malaysia's efforts to support start-up companies in Malaysia with its BizSpark programme has secured the MVCA 2012 award.

The Malaysian Venture Capital and Private Equity Association (MVCA) gave the 2012 Award to Microsoft Malaysia's director of local software innovations Peter Tam, who said: "For Microsoft, the award affirms our commitment to not only encourage innovation, creativity and nurture entrepreneurialism among today's most promising start-ups but also provide them access to software, tools and resources to become tomorrow's most successful businesses."

Tam said the BizSpark programme was positioned to act as a game-changer for technology entrepreneurs who wanted to succeed in a global, interconnected business landscape. "We're helping local start-ups realise their potential and experience the opportunities made possible through technology. Through this programme, start-ups and entrepreneurs have access to world class tools, technologies and market resources to help bring new ideas, new companies and new software innovation to life."

"Microsoft BizSpark is designed to accelerate the success of local Malaysian technopreneurs and early stage start-ups through software support, low up-front cost and a vibrant ecosystem that delivers superior business advantage," he said.

"Start-ups will not only be given access to Microsoft's current full-featured development tools, platform technologies, and production licences but will also receive professional support from Microsoft and the BizSpark Network Partners, which include local and international incubators, investors, advisors, and government agencies," said Tam.

"In addition, start-ups receive global visibility to an audience of potential investors, clients and partners through a dedicated website known as the BizSparkDB, which highlights promising companies from around the world every day and through their relationship with Microsoft and the BizSpark Network Partners," he said.

"Microsoft has always viewed local technology entrepreneurs and start-ups as a major factor that contributes to the overall transformation of the country into a developed, high-income nation by the year 2020. In fact, according to World Economic Forum reports, the Malaysian government's prioritisation of ICT and the importance of ICT to the government's vision of the future were ranked within the top ten, at 10 and 9 respectively. Thus, in our commitment to transform Malaysia together, Microsoft has dedicated its time, effort and resources into the BizSpark programme as an investment into the country's future," said Tam.


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