JumpStart, a dedicated helpline by Microsoft Ventures to answer startup queries
By on April 11th, 2014

Microsoft Ventures in India has announced the launch of JumpStart, a hotline to provide startups and entrepreneurs with a resource to ask business and technical questions. Microsoft Ventures

Open during business hours Monday-Friday (9am to 5pm IST), a team of dedicated professionals will be available to answer questions at 1-800-200-2114, a toll free number across India.

JumpStart will be staffed by dedicated professionals who have been trained by Microsoft to answer business and technical queries. Microsoft will apply the learnings from these calls to fine tune the Microsoft Ventures program, including the India Accelerator, to make it more impactful for its recipients. Microsoft Ventures is a global initiative to help entrepreneurs build great companies. Working with startups at every stage of maturity, the initiative provides the tools, resources, and expertise startups need to succeed.

“Microsoft Ventures supports startups at every stage of maturity by providing them with the tools, resources and expertise they need to succeed. Our experience has shown that a major pain point for startups across the ecosystem in India, irrespective of their stage of maturity, is the lack of real-time support for various critical queries they face. JumpStart fills a major gap and ensures that startups get professional advice that enables them to make smart business decisions.”

- Joseph Landes, General Manager, Developer & Platform Evangelism, Microsoft India

Interestingly, the service will also be available shortly through the Karnataka MobileOne Platform, the state’s new mobile governance system.

JumpStart is a great initiative from Microsoft Ventures. Sometimes answering even simple questions about how to get started or which service provider to contact can really help startups avoid delays and cost overruns. The initiative will not guarantee the success of a startup, but would definitely help by educating entrepreneurs to start off quickly and efficiently.

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