Will provide expert guidance on all things business and technology

Microsoft Ventures, the software major’s global initiative for nurturing entrepreneurship, announced the launch of JumpStart, a hotline that will provide start-ups and entrepreneurs with expert guidance on all things business and technology.

The helpline will be open during business hours Monday to Friday.

The toll free number 1 (800) 200-2114 will be manned by expert professionals trained by the company, the company said.

Joseph Landes, General Manager, Developer and Platform Evangelism, Microsoft India, said that JumpStart fills a major gap in the start-up ecosystem.

“Our experience has shown that a major pain point for start-ups across the ecosystem in India, irrespective of their stage of maturity, is the lack of real-time support for various critical queries they face,” he said. For Microsoft, the benefit is that it can learn from these calls and be able to fine tune the Microsoft Ventures program, including the India Accelerator, to make it more impactful for its recipients, the company said.

Srivatsa Krishna, IAS, Secretary, IT, said the service will soon be available through the Karnataka MobileOne Platform, the government’s new mobile governance system.

“By availing this critical support through JumpStart, start-ups will have the opportunity to be heard and have access to informed decision-making support, a critical component in their journey.”

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