Today, the global Microsoft for Startups program joined BC Tech in announcing a partnership that will develop, strengthen and accelerate the growth of the startup ecosystem on the west coast.

Through a series of joint events, local startups will have the opportunity to tap into Microsoft’s technical resources, business experts, and free cloud services, while leveraging the network and infrastructure of the largest organization dedicated to making British Columbia the best place to grow and scale a technology business.

“We are proud to join forces with Microsoft for Startups to offer enriched programming for local startups that will empower these innovators to achieve their full potential,” said BC Tech CEO Jill Tipping.

“By leveraging Microsoft’s cloud marketplace, enterprise sales team, and trusted technical resources, this partnership accelerates our mission to make B.C. the best place to grow and scale a tech company.”

More information about events will be made available in the coming weeks.

“British Columbia boasts one of the most vibrant tech ecosystems in the world, and BC Tech is doing incredible work to cultivate talent and support local startups,” said Adam Nanjee, Managing Director of Microsoft for Startups Canada.

“We’re excited to expand our work in B.C. by engaging with local founders, offering our resources, and helping them grow and scale their companies to achieve new innovations.”

The BC tech companies will begin working on this exciting collaboration with Microsoft Startups in the new year.