Microsoft brings Bridge to MassChallenge to Australia

| MSNE Staff

From left, Pip Marlow of Microsoft; Christopher Pyne, Australia’s Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science; and Kara Shurmantine, Senior Director for Global Partnerships at MassChallenge.

Our cities thrive on innovation, collaboration, and forward-thinking missions. In Boston, we help bring all of this together through missions like MassChallenge. MassChallenge was founded as a non-profit organization in the aftermath of the global financial crisis “as a way of focusing on those who were creating the new jobs, and finding creative solutions to some of the world’s biggest problems,” writes Dan’l Lewin, Microsoft corporate vice president, Technology & Civic Engagement.

“As a company built on empowering every person and every organization on the planet to do more and achieve more, it was a natural fit for Microsoft to become MassChallenge’s first corporate partner,” Lewin says.

Last year, we were able to show off our city — and MassChallenge — to delegates from Australia at our #JoinedUp meeting, helping our Australian friends create new policies and ideas by showcasing what works best in Boston. And we’re excited to see that Australia has adapted some of these practices into their own work.

U.S. startup accelerator MassChallenge will soon set up its first Bridge to MassChallenge program in Australia, with Microsoft as its founding partner, the Australian government announced Tuesday.

Read more about Australia’s Bridge to MassChallenge program on Microsoft On The Issues.

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