It’s a humbling experience talking with CEOs of European start-ups, particularly in the ICT sector.
Video interview: Get the money flowing to the new ideas in Europe
Not only are they pushing forward with revolutionary business innovations, but they are doing it within a strict legislative environment in Europe. Access to vital venture capital is limited and small businesses can get tied up in complicated administration. So that’s why Microsoft works extensively with start-ups in Europe to help them grow. We want to help these young companies to succeed, as their new business ideas can open up new market opportunities for us too, either by reselling Microsoft software or by developing new products and services using Microsoft platforms. We deploy teams of business experts around the globe to find and support local ICT start-ups, from offering business coaching through to introducing them to potential investors and public funding.
Through Microsoft’s business development programmes such as BizSpark & EUGA, we have the great opportunity to meet some of the most dynamic CEOs developing new business innovations in Europe.
So with camera at hand, we asked them: What can Governments do for You?… Take a look at their responses.
To find out more about these programmes check out the following videos by my colleague Cliff Reeves who explains BizSpark: Microsoft on Entrepreneurship and Startups, and EU Grants: How do you connect entrepreneurs to the right grants in Europe?