Microsoft, Accenture ink pact to help entrepreneurs deepen social impact; tie-up sets focus on agriculture, education, healthcare

  • The joint venture will provide hands-on support and technologies to social enterprises, helping them build scalable solutions and business models

  • The programme will initially engage with startups in Africa, the Middle East and South Asia

  • Microsoft’s involvement in this initiative is part of its global social entrepreneurship programme designed to empower an ecosystem of tech-enabled startups globally

Microsoft and Accenture are teaming up to help deepen the reach of entrepreneurs and startups that are focused on social impact and sustainability.

The joint initiative will provide hands-on support and technologies to social enterprises, helping them build scalable solutions and business models that can lead to more tangible and lasting benefits for a greater number of people around the world.

Microsoft and Accenture’s collaboration is part of their shared vision to amplify the societal impact of emerging technology with the long-term goal of reaching a million lives globally.

 Microsoft, Accenture ink pact to help entrepreneurs deepen social impact; tie-up sets focus on agriculture, education, healthcare

(Right) Jean-Philippe Courtois, Executive Vice President and President, Microsoft Global Sales, Marketing and Operations and Sanjay Podder, Managing Director, Accenture Labs after inking the pact.

Through the programme, Microsoft Research India and Accenture Labs will help social enterprise startups test and validate proof-of-concepts; conduct design thinking sessions to help them re-envision the impact of their solutions; and provide support in exploring and using Microsoft technologies.

“Startups in the social impact and sustainability space are among the world’s most inspiring organisations,” said Jean-Philippe Courtois, Executive Vice President and President, Microsoft Global Sales, Marketing and Operations.

“It’s important that their passion for meaningful innovation and creating positive change is supported. Microsoft’s collaboration with Accenture offers us an opportunity to empower these startups so they can use technology to make an even greater impact in addressing many of the world’s most pressing challenges. By empowering them, our goal is to help change the lives of a million people,” Courtois added.

With a particular focus on the areas of agriculture, education and healthcare, the programme will initially engage with startups in Africa, the Middle East and South Asia, leveraging the MSR India Center for Societal impact through Cloud and Artificial Intelligence (SCAI).

Paul Daugherty, Group Chief Executive, Accenture Technology and Chief Technology Officer at Accenture, said, “Our experience shows that by applying emerging technologies to critical challenges facing society, we can accelerate social transformation. This collaboration is a great illustration of delivering on ‘value’ and ‘values’ – creating tangible business and social value while aligning with people’s values."

Microsoft’s involvement in this initiative is part of Microsoft’s global social entrepreneurship programme designed to empower an ecosystem of tech-enabled startups globally, focused on addressing important social or environmental challenges.

The global social entrepreneurship programme supports startups with access to breakthrough technology in Microsoft AI, cloud expertise, go-to-market services, grants (in sustainability, accessibility, and skills & employability) and access to customers that facilitate connections on local and global levels.

The involvement of Accenture Labs is part of its ongoing Tech4Good programme, which is focused on applying emerging technologies in powerful ways to help solve complex social challenges.

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Updated Date: Mar 04, 2020 19:28:24 IST