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Microsoft, NVIDIA team up to give 'cutting-edge' AI startups a boost

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What you need to know

  • Microsoft for Startups and NVIDIA Inception are 'joining forces.'
  • The two companies will offer preferred access to their startup programs for "cutting-edge" AI startups.
  • The programs give startups free or discounted technology, access to experts, and go-to-market support.

Microsoft and NVIDIA announced today that they're teaming up to give a boost to "cutting-edge" AI startups. The two companies are combining forces with their Microsoft for Startups and NVIDIA Inception programs, giving AI startups "preferred access" to extra resources to bring their ideas to life. This includes free or discounted technology, access to expers, and go-to-market support.

Here's a look at all of what's included for the preferred partners:

  • Free access to Microsoft technologies, including up to $120k of free Azure cloud.
  • Dedicated go-to-market resources to help startups sell alongside our global sales teams and partner channel.
  • Free credits for NVIDIA Deep Learning Institute online courses, such as the Fundamentals of Deep Learning for Computer Vision, Accelerating Data Science, and Image Classification.
  • Access to go-to-market NVIDIA Inception Connect events and marketing support.
  • Unlimited access toDevTalk—a forum built for technical inquiries and community engagement.
  • Guidance on which GPU applications and hardware are best suited for your needs.
  • Discounts on NVIDIA DGX systems, NVIDIA GPU accelerators, NVIDIA Quadro pro graphics, and NVIDIA TITAN GPUs for deep learning.

"This partnership will allow us to accelerate AI startups with NVIDIA's deep technical expertise and market-leading GPU technology on Microsoft Azure, combined with both companies' ability to connect startups with customers," Microsoft said in a press release.

Microsoft for Startups launched in 2018 and offers a mix of technical help, development tools, and other support for bringing startups' products to life. NVIDIA Inception got its start in 2016, and it similarly offers go-to-market support and technology solutions for innovative startups. You can learn more at Microsoft (opens in new tab) and NVIDIA (opens in new tab) about each program.

Dan Thorp-Lancaster is the Editor in Chief for Windows Central. He began working with Windows Central as a news writer in 2014 and is obsessed with tech of all sorts. You can follow Dan on Twitter @DthorpL and Instagram @heyitsdtl. Got a hot tip? Send it to daniel.thorp-lancaster@futurenet.com.