Grounded on its advocacy of helping developing startups worldwide, Microsoft Philippines made its partnership official with the Asian Institute of Management-Dado Banatao Incubator (AIM-DBI/ The Incubator), which aims to strengthen The Incubator’s program by equipping Philippine startups with innovative solutions mainly powered by Microsoft’s cloud-based technology, Azure, through rhipe Philipines, Inc., its cloud indirect provider.
AIM President and Dean Dr. Jikyeong Kang welcomed the guests and explained how the partenership between the two esteemed organizations came about. She also reiterated how thrilled she is to be working with the right partner. “I think we have found a really, really good partner just like we have other partners for other areas,” she said.
“Microsoft’s mission is to empower every person and organization on the planet to achieve more, and this mission, this partnership that we have today, is a direct action towards that mission,” said Microsoft Asia Pacific Chief Technology Officer Charles Rudolph as he shares the goal of his company and how the partnership would contribute to that. “Microsoft and AIM’s partnership operates under the same mission of empowering the Filipino startup community ecosystem and through AIM-DBI’s unparallel business excellence and Microsoft’s advance technology, this strategic partnership targets business growth and development of the startups to operate on a global stage,” he added.
Microsoft Philippines Director of Commercial Partners and Small medium corporate Business Units Eileen Ong was also present to grace the partnership. “In the Philippines, the Microsoft team is ready to support and help the startups working with the AIM Incubator program to be able to provide them with the product and technology and with the go-to market support to enable to bring their solutions to the market quickly to accelerate their growth,” she said as she further explains what the partnership could do for the startups.
Afterwards, AIM-DBI Executive Director Prim Paypon presented what their company is doing to help the entrepreneurs, their perks and access to the privileges they provide.
The Futuristic Aviation and Maritime Enterprises, Inc. (FAME) also shared what they were able to achieve through the partnership.
About AIM-DBI and Microsoft Philippines Partnership
The AIM-DBI is the Philippines’ first incubator housed in a business school that is backed by the Department of Science and Technology-Philippine Council for Industry, Energy, and Emerging Technology Research and Development (DOST-PCIERRD). A physical space where startups create their technologies and run their businesses, it provides needs-responsive and progressive programs that are geared towards startups with science, technology or engineering backgrounds that introduce new alternative solitions to existing and emerging problems
With a thriving local startup scene, which the Department of Trade and Industry’s database puts at approximately 500 companies, Microsoft and AIM’s partnership is a much-needed boost for Filipino startups intent in leveraging technology to expand and enrich their operations.
AIM-DBI, through a comitted community of AIM professors and various industry leaders, provides founders with progressive service programs that include world-class mentorship, customized trainings, startup management program that would best fit their actual needs. It also provides rent-free office space, as well as AIM’s campus facilities to better equip startups to develop their day-to-day operations.
To substantially and effectively respond to the studied directions and milestones of each startup, the curriculum provided by the Microsoft and AIM-DBI partnership has three progressive program phases: the Nesting Program, Building Program, and Scaling Program. The Nestling program digitally assists startups through cloud tools, while the Building Program provides startups with technology architecture creation, and peer-to-peer collaborative consultation and building. The Scaling Program is the final program which ensures that startups are market-ready with a marketplace for selling through Microsoft’s network of business partners.
One start up that already enjoys the synergy of Microsoft and AIM-DBI is the Futuristic Aviation and Maritime Enterprises, Inc. (FAME), which has developed a monitoring system utilizing radio waves. Currently operating under the Building Program, FAME provides hardware and software platforms that track the location and activity of general aviation aircrafts and small boats, effectively monitoring vessels and reducing their propensity to accidents.
Microsoft Azure, the tech leader’s cloud platform, through its indirect provider, Rhipe, extensively supports FAME’s operations. Through this service, Rhipe optimizes FAME’s solutions on Azure thereby ending them to receive and retain data including speed, location, sensor data, messaging, and estimated time of arrival of airborne and maritime vehicles.
Microsoft’s business analytics tool, Power BI, will soon be integrated in FAME’s operations. This will be providing easier management of information being transmitted from devices and sensors, making data easier to process into useful business insights.
Through fully utilizing Microsoft’s cloud technology, FAME has quickly developed its business and subsequently gained clients including an international aid agency for tracking vessels of small-scale fishers, and one of the top utilities company in the Philippines for monitoring the lifespan of its transformers through the use of intelligent tracking devices.
“Through Azure and Microsoft regional partner Rhipe’s support, startups at The Incubator are provided with cloud enabled tools to help them digitally transform their business to become more competitive in their respective industries,” Eileen Ong, Director for Commercial Partners and Small Medium Corporate Business Unit of Microsoft Philippines, said. “With Microsoft technologies empowering local startups, Microsoft’s overarching goals is to prepare startups for global competitiveness,” Ong said.