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Microsoft offers Filipino MSMEs a head start

Jenalyn Rubio | Feb. 10, 2009
Dubbed BizSpark, the project offers start-ups with a three-year Microsoft Developer Network (MSDN) premium subscription.

A global Microsoft initiative launched late last year, BizSpark has already been introduced to other Asia-Pacific countries and, according to Joson, an average of 10 start-ups sign up every day.The software firm announced that they are targeting at least 80 firms this year and a total of 300 companies in three years. Projecting the impact of this programme at a conservative 50% success rate, Joson said this shall create at least 3000 jobs in the country.

According to CICT chair, Secretary Ray Anthony Roxas-Chua, this initiative provides MSMEs the opportunity to obtain their business goals through exposure to the right business tools and support from Microsoft and other partners like PSIA and BPA/P. "Fostering growth and development in the local software economy requires a unified effort from the government and industry to make sure that we are making opportunities available to startups and small firms. We look forward to implementing BizSpark in the next-wave cities and the Cyber Corridor to spread economic benefits across the regions," he said.


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