July 30, 2020
The Microsoft Global Social Entrepreneurship Program will support Blaze with technology, connections and grants so we can focus on bringing our big vision to life and making the world a better place.
Microsoft published the following details regarding the program:
In light of the unprecedented challenges presented by the COVID-19 crisis, we want to encourage eligible startups to apply to Microsoft’s Global Social Entrepreneurship Program. Available in 140 countries, the program brings together technical and business support with grant dollars to help entrepreneurs tackling the world’s toughest challenges quickly bring their innovative solutions to those in need across Healthcare, Sustainability, and Accessibility. Qualified startups will receive access to free Microsoft cloud technologies, including up to $120,000 USD in Azure credits, along with tech support and guidance. A dedicated program manager will help startups market and sell their solutions as well as connect to potential customers, including leading enterprises and nongovernmental organizations.
“We are excited about the potential of this new program with Microsoft,” said Blaze Founder, Justin Lyons. “We believe a migration to the Azure platform fits well into our product roadmap, which includes plans to demontrate the power of SEL supported STEM with K-12 education. STEM education alone will not close the achievement gap in America. Technical skills built upon a malnoourished social and emotional foundation is losing strategy. Combine the two and we give our kids a chance.”