Key Partner

Grants from the Microsoft Seed Financing Fund:

The fund offers grants (non-repayable subsidies) to companies and individual developers, and will present promising projects to professional investors active in the Russian market. The fund also arranges for technology experts to help companies developing projects based on Microsoft technologies.


Privileged access to Microsoft products:

  • Free  trial access to the CRM Online platform for Skolkovo residents
  • Access to  a broad range of software for internal use on special terms through Microsoft Action Pack
  • Free access to Windows Azure through Microsoft Biz Spark
  • Free access to licensed software through Biz Spark
  • Additional Windows Azure resources for cloud startups offered through Biz Spark Plus


R&D support:

  • Computation resources are made available for research projects at Microsoft data processing centers


Imagine Cup Contest – one of the largest international contests for cloud technologies:

  • Contest for students and young innovators: come up with a great idea and create a prototype using modern IT technologies
  • Three winners in the Russian finals participate in the global semifinals with 200 international teams. The best team will make it into the international finals, the winner of which will receive a grant:
  • The first place grant in all key categories is USD 50,000
  • Second place: USD 10,000
  • Third  place: USD 5,000