ISRO, Microsoft signs MOU to support space-tech startups in India

    The ISRO-Microsoft tie-up will lend technological and mentoring support to the space-tech startup founders.


    The Indian Space Research Organisation, or ISRO, and American multinational tech giant Microsoft on Thursday signed a Memorandum of Understanding to support the growth of Indian space-tech startups. The startups identified by the Indian space agency will be onboarded onto the Microsoft for Startups Founders Hub platform through this tie-up.


    “ISRO’s collaboration with Microsoft will greatly benefit space tech startups in their analysis and processing of vast amounts of satellite data for various applications, using cutting-edge methods like AI, Machine Learning and Deep Learning,” said S Somanath, Chairman of ISRO.


    “The Microsoft for Startups Founders Hub is a useful platform for bringing together startups and providers of technology solutions to support the national space technology ecosystem,” he added.


    Through Microsoft for Startups Founders Hub, space-tech startup founders in the country will have access to the tech giant’s technical support to build and scale on Azure and best-in-class developers. Apart from this, the startups will also get access to productivity tools including GitHub Enterprise, Visual Studio Enterprise, and Microsoft 365, and access to smart analytics with Power BI and Dynamics 365.


    Apart from technological support, Microsoft will provide mentoring support to entrepreneurs in areas like space engineering, cloud technologies, product, design, fundraising, sales, and marketing. The tie-up will also lend support to the space-tech startup founders with go-to-market strategies, technical support, and opportunities to sell their solutions via Microsoft channels and the marketplace.


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    Monika Asthana




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