Microsoft Singapore recently introduced the BizSpark Launch Academy, a Windows developer competition aimed at startups and individual developers. The top three winners of this competition will be awarded Founder Institute scholarships that will give them the opportunity to receive mentorship to launch their startup companies with the Founder Institute starting April 2013. According to Jeffrey Paine, head of the Founder Institute’s Singapore Chapter:
We are keen to help individual developers take their prototypes to the next level and equip them with the right knowledge and network to know what it takes to build enduring technology companies.
Apps built on Windows 8, Windows Phone 8, or Windows Azure are accepted in the competition. Entries are judged based on “user experience design, innovativeness, and startup viability.” The Microsoft Singapore ‘developer and platform evangelism team’ will also be providing devs with the Windows Apps Lab development tools, personal consultations, and even loan devices. Participants of the BizSpark Launch Academy can also join the Windows Startup Challenge, which could give them a chance to launch their app at DEMO mobile, a global launchpad to be held in April 2013 in San Francisco, California. To qualify for the BizSpark Launch Academy, interested applicants will have to submit their prototype image to this email address, along with a brief overview of the app and the developers’s personal particulars by this Friday, February 8th. Successful applicants will be notified within 24 to 48 hours. For more details, please head to the official website.
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