Microsoft Offers Grants to Organizations Working to Improve Affordable Internet Access
Bernice ParisSr. Director, Microsoft
This post originally appeared on the Microsoft News Center. You can find more information on this initiative here.
On Thursday, Microsoft renewed its Affordable Access Initiative grant fund for a second year. The fund assists companies working to bring internet access and new technologies, services and models to underserved markets. The application process is now open for a new set of partners.
“The social enterprises we support have inspired us with practical, high-impact and scalable approaches to help close the digital divide,” said Microsoft Affordable Access Initiatives Director Paul Garnett, writing in NextBillion. “It’s a privilege to see these solutions take shape, and to play a role in helping local entrepreneurs spur job creation and economic growth.”
In the fund’s first round of investments, Microsoft awarded grants to 12 businesses offering affordable internet access or cloud-based services in fields such as power generation, health, education, finance and agriculture. Continue reading…
Raghav KherManaging Director, Microsoft Accelerator Seattle
This week, we’re proud to announce the latest batch of startups joining our Seattle Accelerator’s Fall cohort. With a combined funding of over $140 million, these 11 startups span AI, cloud, and IoT spaces.