MICROSOFT Philippines is offering its technological expertise and cloud solutions to the Asian Institute of Management (AIM) — Dado Banatao Incubator, the school’s program that helps start-ups scale their businesses.
The two organizations signed a memorandum of agreement (MoA) on Wednesday at the AIM building in Makati City, formalizing the partnership aimed at boosting the school’s incubator program.
“Through Azure and Microsoft regional partner Rhipe’s support, start-ups at The Incubator are provided with cloud enabled tools to help them digitally transform their businesses to become more competitive in their respective industries,” Eileen Ong, Microsoft Philippines director for commercial partners and small medium corporate business unit, said in a statement.
During the signing event, Ms. Ong said Microsoft will provide start-ups with the computing software to help them process the data gathered for their businesses.
“[W]e all know in today’s world how critical it is for companies to be able to have insights for them to be able to understand what the customers need, what are the consumer behaviors, for them to be able to understand how to improve their products to be able to deliver more to their customers, which in turn will help them to be able to improve their own profitability and growth as an organization,” Ms. Ong said.
Aside from the software, Microsoft will also offer a curriculum at the AIM Incubator, which include the training of start-ups on how to utilize cloud tools, create technology architecture and connect with Microsoft’s network of potential partners.
“We wanted a more progressive curriculum… that’s how we approached Microsoft, this is the kind of setup that we wanted. We do not just want these services, but we want your (Microsoft’s) technologists and architects to work with our start-ups,” AIM-DBI Executive Director Prim Paypon said.
The Incubator is a program offered at AIM which allows start-ups to receive mentorship and training from industry experts, rent an in-house office located in Makati City, and use facilities and resources from the AIM campus. — Denise A. Valdez