€25,000 fund to boost an innovative business

Microsoft and Typetec will support one lucky business that dares to scale digitally to achieve success.

Typetec is collaborating with Microsoft Ireland and Microsoft for Startups to launch its own national competition geared towards boosting Ireland’s start-up community.

The free-to-enter competition will award one business a €25,000 technology fund to assist them on their journey from start-up to success.

“When you are running full-tilt in the maelstrom that is a start-up, business owners need reassurance that the fundamentals of their business operations are solid”

The fund will include the very latest hardware and cloud technology from Microsoft, as well as professional services and marketing support.

Evaluation criteria

Typetec and Microsoft Ireland have set out an evaluation criteria which hones in on company strategy, scale of innovation, and the contours of the start-up’s technical roadmap.

Eligible companies must be registered in the Republic of Ireland, incorporated between 2015 and 2020, with a minimum number of five permanent employees.

The judging panel will comprise Ken Tormey, Chief Revenue Officer, Typetec; Kelvin Keane, Startup & Partner Manager for Microsoft Startups Europe; and Kieran McDonnell, Country Manager, Vuzion.

“The pandemic has taken a significant toll on the wider business community in Ireland, and for start-ups, the past 12 months haven’t exactly provided fertile ground for growth,” said Mark Fitzgerald, COO at Typetec.

“A vibrant indigenous start-up space is so crucial to the spectre of innovative solutions needed to drive the digital transformation efforts of Irish business, which is why we’ve set out a €25,000 fund for eligible start-ups – to help them innovate at pace, and with confidence.

“When you are running full-tilt in the maelstrom that is a start-up, business owners need reassurance that the fundamentals of their business operations are solid. Central to that is their technology stack and its associated setup and security.

Microsoft for Startups is a global program committed to providing start-ups with the resources they need, when they need them, regardless of where they are in their start-up journey, providing access to a global cloud platform as well as best-in-class technology and business supports.

“As a leading Gold Microsoft Partner, Typetec has established its credentials as a standard setter for Managed IT and cybersecurity solutions here in Ireland, and this competition is just the latest chapter in our companies’ rich history of cooperation,” said Andrew Macadam, Global Field Lead for Microsoft for Startups.

“Together, we’re excited to play our role in helping the start-ups scale and deliver innovative solutions that will undoubtedly expedite the digital transformation agenda within the Irish business community.”

By John Kennedy (john.kennedy3@boi.com)

Published: 16 April 2021

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