Sillpa leverages the capabilities of the Azure cloud to build applications that help ordinary people solve everyday problems


Sillpa is an award-winning, Ecuadorian software startup specializing in application development. The company is dedicated to developing a wide range of technological solutions that help solve every day problems. Currently, Sillpa has four different applications on the market:

  • Tinka – an automated electronic billing system.
  • Shapner – a virtual assistant for the administration of medical clinics.
  • AcolitaEcuador – an electronic communication system that enables people in disaster areas to contact loved ones and set up relief efforts.
  • – a social platform to make new friends through indoors and outdoors events.

“We really want to solve a diverse set of problems for the people living in our country and we believe the best way to do this is creating a number of applications, all aimed at different issues, instead of focusing our efforts on one type of application. It’s really about helping as many people as we can,” says Co-Founder Jose Santacruz.

Sillpa recently took home the top prize at the AngelHack-Quito competition. Their winning product, Casera, is a virtual platform for buying and selling homemade food. However, in the process of market validation, the initial idea changed to a social platform to meet new friends. We find out that there are a lot of people who have a necessity to meet friends with common interests. All over the world, once you finish your studies, it becomes harder to make new friends. Right now, you only find out in the market, Dating applications, but what if you only want to meet some strangers without any commitment, says Santacruz.


A Microsoft BizSpark member, Azure makes up the technological core for all of Sillpa’s operations. In addition to the Azure cloud, Sillpa leverages App Services for its agility in app creation and Document DB because of its consistency and scalability. Sillpa also uses Mobile Services and Azure Search as key components of their main services.

“Azure’s ability to work under any load level has allowed us to easily generate large scale solutions. Microsoft technology is a key part of our organization and has allowed us to accelerate our development process and increase our productivity, without sacrificing the quality of our products and services,” concludes Santacruz.


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About BizSpark:  Microsoft BizSpark is a global program that helps startups succeed by giving free access to Microsoft Azure cloud services, software and support. BizSpark members receive up to $750 per month of free Microsoft Azure cloud services for 3 years: that’s $150 per month each for up to 5 developers. Azure works with Linux and open-source technologies such as Linux, Ruby, Python, Java and PHP. BizSpark is available to startups that are privately held, less than 5-years-old and earn less than $1M in annual revenue.

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