Microsoft may have laid off the vast majority of its smartphone workers in Finland that once worked at Nokia. However, the company has created a program called Polku that is aiming to assist those workers with finding new jobs or even helping to create startups.
ZDNet reports that Microsoft's Polku program began with the company's first big round of layoffs in mid-2015 and it has continues through the latest layoffs that were announced earlier this year. In addition to normal severance packages Microsoft efforts extend to helping some employees start their own companies:
Microsoft says that 100 startups have been given grants as part of this program. One of them is Quiske, which is creating a software tool that's designed to help increase the performance of competitive rowers:
Microsoft claims that 250 jobs have been created as a result of its startup grants in Finland, and that number is expected to double in the next 12 months.
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