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Microsoft brings Bizspark to VSV

Released at: 12:13, 27/09/2016

Microsoft brings Bizspark to VSV

Photo: Hung Khanh

Tech giant signs MoU with Vietnam Silicon Valley to make its Bizspark program available in Vietnam.

by Hung Nguyen

Microsoft and Vietnam Silicon Valley (VSV) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on September 25 on supporting Vietnamese startups via the former’s Bizspark program.

VSV, a startup community, will provide consultancy and toolkits and assist startups in finding investors while Microsoft will prove technical assistance and introduce VSV’s startups to the international market.

“This MoU sees the Bizspark program come to Vietnam,” said Mr. Vu Minh Tri, CEO of Microsoft Vietnam. Startups must have full knowledge of information and telecommunications and Microsoft will address the obstacles they face in not being able to afford computers or other advanced technology, providing them with technological infrastructure on the Azure cloud. “Microsoft will also provide credit to startups to use our platform,” Mr. Tri said.

VSV is the first startup community in Vietnam to access Microsoft’s Bizspark program.

According to the BizSpark website, the program gives startups three years of free software, services, technical support, and the Azure cloud. Startups must be less than five years old, be privately held, and earn less than $1 million annually. At the end of the three years they can keep all the software they have downloaded at no cost.

“Microsoft and VSV will provide the necessary assistance to startups and help them to commercialize their products”, Mr. Tri said. Vietnam’s startups can also join the Microsoft Developer Network, where they can access skills to run their startup, he added.

According to Mr. Francis Tuan Anh Nguyen, Developer Experience & Evangelism Lead at Microsoft Vietnam, Bizspark has opened in 65 countries since 2008. “We hope to bring startups more opportunities in the ecosystem we have created,” he said.

At the signing, Deputy Minister of Planning and Investment Dang Huy Dong stressed that the government considers startups as crucial factor in the economy. Especially in international integration, creativity and innovation are the only way that Vietnam can improve its national competitiveness and compete with other countries. He thanked Microsoft for its support to Vietnam’s startup community through the MoU and hopes that the startup community will have more opportunities to develop.

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