Microsoft expands community economic opportunity program nationwide
The expansion beyond eight existing locations to communities across
- Digital access – building broadband infrastructure so people have access to essential online activities.
- Computer science education – helping build computer science classes in local schools.
- Digital skills – helping people learn the skills they need for the jobs of the future.
- Digital transformation – helping nonprofits, startups and local businesses leverage technology to grow, innovate and compete.
Microsoft is also releasing a playbook and a resource hub to replicate and build on approaches learned thus far, designed for anyone looking to drive change in their community and help bolster the local economy.
Communities across America are facing significant headwinds, especially in this economic environment.
Since its inception, TechSpark has catalyzed new funding resources for communities, helped create new jobs, helped people gain critical digital skills, and supported new startups and local organizations including:
- Helping create the
Grand Farm, a partnership between farmers, businesses, government and entrepreneurs in Fargo, North Dakota, to create the farm of the future and spur the next generation of agricultural innovation.
- Helping found the Bridge Accelerator, a cross-border technology accelerator in
El Pasoand Juarezthat works with manufacturing companies to help them succeed in this binational economy. To date, this work has helped 78 companies create over 500 new jobs, infusing over $61 millionin new sales.
- Helping expand computer science education to 88% of schools in
- Helping build a brand-new building in
South Boston, Virginia— the first new building to be built in downtown South Bostonin over 40 years — now home to the SOVA Innovation Hub, teaching the local community digital skills and entrepreneurship.
- Partnering with the
Green Bay Packersto help build TitletownTech, a seed-stage venture capital firm that has secured $25 millionin venture funding for the region and sits across from historic Lambeau Field, now home to over 25 growing startup companies.
- Helping launch CoBuilders in
Jackson, Mississippi, the state's first startup accelerator, guiding 21 new startup companies.
Microsoft TechSpark thus far has resulted in:
$125 millionraised in partnership with community organizations and businesses.
- 471 computer science classes created or supported.
- 1,100 educators trained to teach computer science classes.
- 50,000 people trained in critical digital skills.
- 3,300 jobs created and jobseekers placed.
- 500 startups supported.
Microsoft is holding an information session on
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