Microsoft Ventures in India announced the launch of “JumpStart,” a hotline to be able to make available startups and entrepreneurs with a resource to ask business and technical questions. Open during business hours Monday-Friday (9am – 5pm IST), a team of dedicated professionals will be available to answer questions at 1800 200-2114, a toll free number across India.
“Microsoft Ventures supports startups at every stage of maturity by providing them with the tools, resources and expertise they need to succeed,” alleged Joseph Landes, general manager, Developer and Platform Evangelism, Microsoft India.
“Our experience has shown that a major pain point for startups across the ecosystem in India, irrespective of their stage of maturity, is the lack of real-time support for various critical queries they face. JumpStart fills a major gap and ensures that startups get professional advice that enables them to make smart business decisions,” held Landes.
JumpStart from its barrio will be staffed by dedicated professionals who have been trained by Microsoft to answer business and technical queries. Microsoft from its quarter will apply the learnings from these calls to be able to fine tune the Microsoft Ventures program, together with the India Accelerator, to make it more impactful for its recipients.
Expounding the importance of this service, Kattayil Rajinish Menon, director, Microsoft Ventures in India, who is responsible for community and ecosystem engagement, purported that: “Sometimes answering even simple questions about how to get started or which service provider to contact can really help startups avoid delays and cost overruns. While JumpStart cannot promise the success of a startup’s business, it can definitely help by educating entrepreneurs how to get started quickly by providing information on the vast resources available today.”
Ravi Gururaj, chair, Nasscom Product Council, believed that: “Product companies and startups are the next growth engines for the Indian industry and we at Nasscom are working on several initiatives to promote this sector. Microsoft Ventures has been a great supporter of our initiatives, and has partnered with us on several of them. I am very happy that Microsoft Ventures has identified this challenge that startups face, and taken concrete steps to address it, through JumpStart. It is an excellent initiative to get some support and start off quickly and efficiently. I urge everyone to take advantage of this facility.”
In the interim, JumpStart is widely welcomed by the government and industry leaders throughout India.