AFRICA – American technology giant, Microsoft Corporation, has extended the reach of its women-focused cloud accelerator programme to Kenya and South Africa, designed to help women-led companies start and build their businesses through its cloud distribution channels.
Run by the company’s Women in Cloud initiative, the Microsoft Cloud Accelerator is an immersive six-month programme which the firm says aims to help female founders grow their businesses.
“This scale will provide women-owned technology companies all around the world with access to the cloud, mentorship, networking communities and resources to bring women-led innovations to market.
“As a woman leader at Microsoft, I’m proud of these initiatives, many of which have been established and are supported by women leaders within our organization,” said Charlotte Yarkoni, corporate vice president of cloud and AI at Microsoft.
“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 US$1 billion in cloud opportunity by providing accessible cloud technology to more than 1,000 women-led tech companies over the investment period, enabling them to scale their businesses for sustainable economic growth in all corners of the world.”
To date, the Women in Cloud Accelerator has provided opportunities to 30 women-owned companies while developing more than US$30 million of Cloud pipeline.
The Africa Development Centres will see the American tech giant partner with local ICT innovators and higher learning institutions to create online content suitable for the region including gaming applications as it targets to increase its presence in the continent.