Tech giant Microsoft has extended by six months its Cloud Accelerator Programme, designed to help women-led companies start and build their businesses through its cloud distribution channels.
The programme will be expanded to Kenya, South Africa, Canada, France, Germany, India, the UAE and the UK in partnership with IdeaGen and Women in Cloud.
The accelerator programme provides women-led cloud startups with access to Microsoft technology tools, mentorship from executives, networking opportunities and more.
Getting inside Microsoft’s massive network of partners and customers opens the door for the startups to land new customers as they are building products.
“Through a multi-million-dollar, multi-year investment from Microsoft, it is our goal that with this expansion and continued scaling, this program can help generate $1B in cloud opportunity by providing accessible cloud technology to more than 1,000 women-led tech companies annually, enabling them to scale their businesses for sustainable economic growth in all corners of the world,” says Charlotte Yarkoni, Corporate Vice President of Cloud + AI at Microsoft.