Blog by Claire Lee :
Microsoft was out in force at day one of the first ever DEMO Asia taking place in Singapore. Along with Microsoft experts, some friends of BizSpark such as Chris Shipley, Chipper Boulas, Jeff Clavier and Adeo Ressi flew in from the US and Europe for this two-day event acting as ‘sages’ and mentors.
In partnership with Startup Weekend and Founder Institute, Microsoft BizSpark provided scholarships for ten lucky startups in the APAC region to present an Alpha Pitch on stage. Startups were selected, and mentored, in conjunction with the Microsoft regional office and BizSpark Champs across the region. Three of the pitching teams were created at Startup Weekend events and two are graduates of Founder Institute in Hanoi and Singapore. Great participation and representation.
These startups had their 90 seconds of fame on 1st March at DEMO Asia:
GM Microsoft Singapore, Jessica Tan, kicked off the first day on stage with Neal Silverman from DEMO, introducing the startups and reinforcing why Microsoft is supporting the next generation of companies in the region. Jessica also announced the BizSpark Plus offer in Singapore.
A good day for BizSpark Startups in the region….