Microsoft and Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) have signed a MoU to support the growth of space-tech startups in India. The MoU will provide technology tools and platforms, go-to-market support, and mentoring to space tech startups in order to help them scale and become enterprise-ready.
The collaboration aims to strengthen ISRO’s vision of harnessing the market potential of promising space tech innovators and entrepreneurs in India by onboarding them onto the Microsoft for Startups Founders Hub platform for free.
This will include technical support to build and scale on Azure, best-in-class developer, and productivity tools, including Visual Studio Enterprise, Microsoft 365, and GitHub Enterprise. It will also include access to smart analytics with Power BI and Dynamics 365.
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According to S Somanath, Chairman, ISRO, ISRO’s collaboration with Microsoft will benefit space tech startups in their analysis and processing of huge amounts of satellite data for various applications with the use of cutting-edge methods like AI, Machine Learning, and Deep Learning.
Moreover, Microsoft will provide mentoring support to space-tech entrepreneurs in fields including space engineering, cloud technologies, product and design, fundraising, sales, and marketing. In addition, founders will be given access to Microsoft Learn for tailored startup-centric training programs and content to help them build connections with potential customers and the industry.
Microsoft and ISRO will also organize thought leadership and knowledge-sharing sessions by space industry experts for the startups. In addition, the collaboration will benefit founders with technical support, go-to-market strategies, and opportunities to sell their solutions through Microsoft channels and the marketplace.