Oasis500, Microsoft to back startups in Jordan
Amman, May 17, 2011
Oasis500, which finances start up businesses, has signed a partnership agreement with Microsoft Jordan, to develop the technical and operational skills of entrepreneurs and startups in the telecom and IT sector.
Microsoft selected Oasis500 as its strategic partner in Jordan, enabling the company to provide IT startup companies with software, tools, support and visibility through the BizSpark program, which offers opportunities for networking and enhanced communication with international companies.
The company’s WebSpark program also provides Jordanian Web-design companies with updated information on the latest Microsoft advances, including resources and web-design tools.
Furthermore, the agreement will facilitate guidance and specialized training opportunities for IT startup companies.
Also under the agreement, Oasis500 will assist Microsoft in introducing cloud computing and its programs.
The agreement tasks Microsoft and Oasis500 with the responsibility of providing more opportunities for startups to excel through organizing various activities that bring together IT professionals in order to exchange expertise.
It also tasks both parties with launching field tours to Jordanian universities, aimed at enforcing the culture of entrepreneurship on the academic level.
“Our partnership with Oasis500, which is specialized in accelerating the transformation of innovative ideas into businesses in the IT and telecom sector, as well as the region’s web and digital media markets, is part of our firm belief in the importance of intensifying our efforts to offer integrated opportunities that include appropriate tools and skills that create successful businesses, and achieve a more sustainable future,” said Husni Khuffash, country manager of Microsoft Jordan.
Usama Fayyad, executive chairman of Oasis500, said: “This collaboration will provide owners of startups with the necessary tools, direction and guidance to effectively contribute to bolstering the telecom and IT industry’s role in supporting local economic and investment activities.” – TradeArabia News Service