Microsoft BizSpark Camp Promotes new Entrepreneurs

IMG_2153Microsoft Pakistan recently organized two BizSpark Camps at Microsoft Innovation Center where 9 technology products, developed by 6 startup companies, were showcased.

This was the first initiative of its kind where the ideas of young entrepreneurs were actually transformed into a mature product.

The first camp was based on Windows Phone 7 Development and the second one was on Windows Azure Development. The projects were diversified from a game to live score updates. There were also solutions related to e-banking, e-commerce and personal security.

The showcasing event was attended by 80 professionals including developers, IT pros, bloggers and students, and executives from Microsoft, [email protected] and TiE. The main highlight of the event was the deployment of projects on Multi Touch Screens where the attendees could actually witness the applications in real time.

Sharing his views on the program Kamal Ahmed, Country General Manager Microsoft said:

“We want to do everything through which we can equip the young talent in Pakistan. Through BizSpark, Microsoft has tried to facilitate these young startups with the knowledge and tools they need to harness the magic of software, which will help improve lives, solve problems and become a catalyst for economic growth in Pakistan.”

Also present during the event were Shoaib Khalil, Marketing Manager, Microsoft Pakistan; and Zafar ul Islam, Enterprise Technology Strategist.

BizSpark Camp is a subset of Microsoft’s BizSpark Program launched last year. For many technology startup companies, achieving and sustaining business success is a tough proposition. Many succumb to myriad challenges along the way — from funding to marketing to changing market conditions.

Looking at these concerns, Microsoft Pakistan, in partnership with Pakistan Software Houses Association for IT & ITES ([email protected]), The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE) and Tech Angels Network (TAN), launched Microsoft BizSpark program.

This program is targeted towards early stage software companies, providing them with resources including access to Microsoft platform software and development tools with no upfront cost.

Microsoft BizSpark Camps were held to enhance the technical skill set of the startup companies, based on emerging technologies and latest trends, and also to provide mentoring through local industry experts.