Microsoft hosted a series of workshops and seminars for local business leaders and entrepreneurs, sharing emerging trends in technology and discussing how technology innovation can help local businesses grow, transform and build the local economy. Cloud computing, in particular, will enable businesses to take advantage of massive computing power, while saving significantly on costs and enjoying greater security, data resilience, and data availability.
Microsoft representatives visited with members of the Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry (UMFCCI). They discussed how small and medium-sized businesses can use technology both to improve their cybersecurity profile while at the same time scaling their operations to meet growing demand in Myanmar and abroad, leveraging the recently announced ASEAN Economic Community.
Microsoft also hosted a workshop for the Myanmar Young Entrepreneurs Association, which focused on tactics for helping start-up companies succeed. Topics included how to find funding, access new markets and get hold of technology resources. Attendees were introduced to Microsoft’s universal technology platform and had the opportunity to practice pitching their business ideas to experts with experience in venture capital and corporate finance.
“Microsoft has always been committed to developing human capital and helping young people and entrepreneurs through our three-pronged SPARK program, namely YouthSpark, BizSpark and DreamSpark,” said Astrid Tuminez, Southeast Asia Director of Microsoft’s Corporate, External and Legal Affairs team.
“As Microsoft builds momentum in Myanmar, we will sustain our commitment as a trusted, long-term and committed technology partner, helping to empower every person and every organization in the country to achieve its potential. We have always worked hand-in-hand with local partners in promoting economic development through the use of technology,” she added.
In addition to meeting with local business owners, Microsoft also met with management from the Yangon Stock Exchange, where they shared ways that modern exchanges from the region and globally are helping to protect companies and investors with cybersecurity best practices.