Penang CM YAB Chow Kon Yeow with K. Raman (second from left) at the MOU signing

When tech-giant Microsoft comes calling, everyone takes notice.

This is what happened when state agency, Digital Penang signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Microsoft to drive digital transformation and build digital skills among local startups and SMEs, while empowering the developer scene in the state.

The collaboration is in line with Penang’s Digital Transformation Masterplan to develop a digitally engaged society.

The MOU signing was held on the sidelines of the World Congress on Information and Technology 2022 (WCIT) held at the Setia Spice Convention Centre in Penang recently.

Present was Penang Chief Minister YAB Chow Kon Yeow along with the managing director of Microsoft Malaysia, K. Raman.

Also present was Dr Seah Sean, organising chairman of WCIT 2022 and the chief executive of Digital Penang, Tony Yeoh, Azizah Ali, Chief Marketing & Operations Officer of Microsoft Malaysia among others.

To support the state of Penang’s goal of strengthening the local startup ecosystem, Digital Penang will leverage the Microsoft for Startups Founders Hub, a borderless platform designed to fuel innovation and empower the ambitions of startup founders by providing them with access to resources and tools to help turn their ideas into reality.

This collaboration is also in tandem with Microsoft’s recent initiative with Cradle to provide startups and digital natives in Malaysia with a global platform to scale their innovations with the integration of the Microsoft for Startups Founders Hub within the MYStartup platform.

Digital Penang and Microsoft will also explore collaborative opportunities to deliver digital skilling initiatives to SMEs in the state through the Microsoft Learn platform, which provides globally recognized certifications that affirm these SME owners’ digital competencies.

To help drive more women participation in technology, Microsoft will also extend support to female developers through the Code; Without Barriers initiative.

“We are thrilled to collaborate with Digital Penang to empower the local startup and SME ecosystem, in support of its goal to boost the State’s inclusive digital economy. Opportunities are abundant for startups, SMEs, and market disruptors in this digital era and we are glad to extend the Microsoft for Startups Founders Hub platform to startups and digital natives in Penang – providing them with access to upskilling opportunities and mentorship, personalized technical guidance, along with Microsoft’s technologies and tools.” said Raman.

Source – Microsoft Malaysia