The Government of Assam announced that it is entering into a partnership with Microsoft to promote and support entrepreneurs and startups in the state. A team led by Lathika S. Pai, Country Head, Micosoft for Startups, Middle East and North Africa (MENA) and South Asian Association for Regional Co-operation (SAARC) and Jeeva Reddy, Director, Global Entrepreneurship Network, (GEN) Women India, spoke to Dr. KK Dwivedi, Commissioner and Secretary and Manjula Saikia, Secretary, Industries and Commerce Department, Guwahati, regarding the venture, on Monday.
The government stated that Microsoft’s proposal would help enhance the understanding of startups regarding advanced technological system, cloud computing, and artificial intelligence, while granting them greater national and international exposure. The brand would also carry out interactive programmes that support the entrepreneurship community in Assam. Through this collaboration, Microsoft will conduct a Startup Summit in Aprilt hat consists of several major stakeholders in Guwahati.
The team also paid a visit to Assam’s marquee incubation centre at Ambari – ‘the Nest’, to explore its infrastructural capabilities. They further interacted with incubators of Cohort 2.0 who are currently being mentored at the centre.
Dr. Dwivedi stated that the collaboration would help the state government further promote entrepreneurship in Assam, and that it would extend all support necessary to make the Summit a success. This would provide a massive boost to job creation and developing an entrepreneurial mindset among the youths of Assam.