Press Release 2010-03-09 from Blekinge Institute of Technology

Presskonferens BTH Innovation och Microsoft

Press conference BTH Innovation and Microsoft

Blekinge Institute of Technology, BTH, and Microsoft signed a cooperation agreement in the field of innovation, which means that BTH is a BizSpark Network Partners. BTH's coordinator of this program is BTH Innovation. The cooperation provides development and smaller, start-up companies that cooperate with Innovation BTH access to development environments related to Microsoft products and expertise.

The cooperation agreement was signed today by both parties in Karlskrona and means that BTH is a so-called BizSpark Network partners. This means that BTH can offer projects and start-up companies with whom we work, access to Microsoft's various software applications and development tools. Moreover, BTH offer certification courses related to Microsoft products, contacts and other resources relevant to the boot and the continued development of new enterprises in the ICT field.

- For BTH and BTH Innovation means cooperation with Microsoft that we have increased opportunities to support researchers and students as well as start-ups and other partners, in the process of developing their ideas into new businesses "says Anders Nilsson,  BTH Innovation.

- This feels great, "says Principal Ursula Hass and continues, partly because we can offer access to interesting development environments, and also because this type of cooperation is fully in line with our vision to be a globally attractive knowledge community in Information Technology and Innovation for sustainable growth.

Nils Stadling, Microsoft Chief Technology Officer, says: - The aim is to support and enhance the growth of a new generation of software entrepreneurs with potential. Through cooperation with BTH, we reach an interesting target group that has that potential. In Blekinge there is a strong tradition of product and service development in IT / Telecom. Microsoft are interested in research and training in Information Technology and especially software technology which creates opportunities for innovation.

BTH Innovation

BTH Innovation can be described as a pre-incubator for new ideas in which students, researchers, teachers and even external entrepreneurs can be helped to develop their ideas for a more full-term business model. The main task is to encourage, develop and strengthen the practical innovation at BTH. The work also involves initiating and supporting research and education related to innovation and entrepreneurship and to work with both internal and external stakeholders to strengthen and clarify the BTH's role in the regional innovation system.

Microsoft and Microsoft BizSpark

Microsoft was founded in 1975 and is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses around the world to realize their full potential. Microsoft BizSpark helps promising early-stage technology companies with substantially reduced price of development tools and expertise. BizSpark is an innovative program that combines start-up companies with entrepreneurial and technology resources in a global community with a common goal to support and enhance the growth of a new generation of entrepreneurs with potential.

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