The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and Microsoft inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to support the expansion of India’s space-tech start-ups.
The MoU aims to provide technology tools and platforms, as well as go-to-market support and mentoring, to space tech companies across the country to help them scale and become enterprise ready.
The collaboration aims to reinforce ISRO’s objective of leveraging the commercial potential of India’s most talented space tech innovators and entrepreneurs. Through this collaboration, ISRO-identified space-tech startups will be onboarded onto the Microsoft for Entrepreneurs Founders Hub platform, which supports startups at every stage of their journey—from idea to unicorn.
Space-tech company founders in India will get free access to the tech tools and resources they need to establish and run their businesses thanks to Microsoft for Startups Founders Hub. This includes technical support for building and scaling on Azure, best-in-class developer and productivity tools like GitHub Enterprise, Visual Studio Enterprise, and Microsoft 365, and access to smart analytics with Power BI and Dynamics 365.
“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. 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. We are pleased to work together to assist and support entrepreneurs, to, in turn, benefit the Indian economy as a whole,” ISRO Chairman Shri S Somanath said.
Anant Maheshwari, President, Microsoft India, added, “Space-tech startups in India are playing a significant role in advancing the country’s space capabilities with the power of technology. We are pleased to collaborate with ISRO to accelerate this transformation of what’s possible in space. Through our technology tools, platforms and mentorship opportunities, we are deeply committed to empowering space-tech startups in the country to drive cutting-edge innovation and accelerate scientific discovery.”
In addition to providing access to technology, Microsoft will advise space tech entrepreneurs in areas ranging from space engineering to cloud technologies, product and design, funding, and sales and marketing. Furthermore, founders will have access to Microsoft Learn for personalised startup-centric training content and programmes to assist them in connecting with the industry and potential customers.
Microsoft and ISRO will also host information exchange and thought leadership meetings with space industry professionals for the startups. Furthermore, the relationship will provide creators with go-to-market strategies, technical support, and possibilities to sell their products through Microsoft channels and the marketplace.