Microsoft joins Wayra to support tech start-ups

Partnership announced as accelerator closes applications

Microsoft has pledged its support to the next generation of tech entrepreneurs by joining forces with Wayra, the tech start-up accelerator run by Telefonica Digital.

The two firms will work together to enhance support by the Wayra accelerator, which currently encompasses more than 100 projects across nine countries.

Accelerator inductees will receive access to Microsoft’s software development platforms, subscription to exclusive content for developers, and specialised technical support from the Microsoft Partners and Mentors Network.

Accelerator teams will also receive subsidised access to cloud computing platform Microsoft Azure for up to two years – providing a vital boost to scalability.

Wayra’s head Gonzalo Martín-Villa said the Microsoft partnership was “another step in providing more and better tools to entrepreneurs. The talent we have in our Wayra academies will now be able to access a new range of first-level technological products and services to accelerate their projects.”

Jean-Philippe Courtois, president of Microsoft International added: “The first three years for start-ups are usually the most critical and raise more challenges for their long-term success.

“This agreement will allow us to reach more entrepreneurs worldwide, helping them to accelerate their good ideas and develop great companies.”

Coming to London

Wayra is about to launch a brand-new academy in London, having received interest from over 1,000 UK-based tech start-ups.

Applications for the new Wayra Academy closed on Sunday, and a shortlisted selection of 30 applicants will now be chosen to attend Wayra Week in May.

Following this week of assessment and mentoring, 20 applicants will be offered a space at the Academy.

For more information on Wayra’s London Academy, visit the Wayra website . If you are interested in attending the Academy once the next round of applications opens, read Wayra’s blog on the programme’s requirements .

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