Cradle Fund Sdn Bhd (Cradle), is collaborating with Microsoft to provide startups with a global platform by incorporating Microsoft for Startups Founders Hub within their MYStartup platform.
Cradle is an agency under the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI).
Microsoft says that collaboration will give Malaysians who join the platform access to upskilling opportunities, personalised technical guidance, access to the Microsoft Mentor Network along with free access to GitHub Enterprise and productivity boosts with Microsoft 365 as well as Azure cloud credits of up to 150,000USD to build their products.
To achieve this, startups under Cradle will have access to Microsoft Azure Fundamental courses.
These courses will help them build digital literacy on cloud computing, infrastructure as a service (IaaS), platform as a service (PaaS), and software as a service (SaaS).
MOSTI believes that this collaboration will be a catalyst for more active growth and development for startups in Malaysia. This is in line with the Government’s desire to empower the technology ecosystem in Malaysia, in addition to being a leading startup ecosystem by 2030 and further achieving inclusive, responsible, and sustainable socio-economic development.Science, Technology, and Innovation Minister, Datuk Sri Dr Adham Baba.
We often observe startup companies in Malaysia facing challenges in realising their ideas. Most of them have potential and are competitive but struggle to make full use of existing technology. As such, Cradle is excited to work closely with Microsoft as a collaborative partner in improving technology expertise and to develop a more sustainable startup ecosystem in Malaysia.Cradle acting group CE, Norman Matthieu Vanhaecke.
Dealing with the various challenges faced by startups, MOSTI through Cradle has embarked on providing long-term support via its MYStartup Programme to empower startups through comprehensive capacity building initiatives. These initiatives are anticipated to provide benefits and guidance to startups in enhancing their competitiveness and marketability.Cradle Ecosystem Development senior vice president, Ahmad Kashfi Alwi.
This year marks Microsoft’s 30th year with Malaysia and we are excited to continue partnering with the nation to help every person and every organisation, regardless of size, adopt technology and benefit from it. At Microsoft, we have the technology and unique go-to market capabilities to help power the ambitions of startups in Malaysia. We are glad to further drive the Microsoft for Startups Founders Hub in Malaysia and extend this platform as part of our collaboration with Cradle and MOSTI, reaffirming our continued commitment under our Bersama Malaysia initiative.Microsoft Malaysia managing director, K Raman.