Microsoft Malta has signed an agreement with Harvest Technology — that incorporates PTL Ltd and APCO Systems Ltd — through which Harvest is becoming a Microsoft Innovation Centre (MIC) Partner, contributing expertise, knowledge and talent development to all those using the MIC, according to a press statement sent to Business Malta.
“This is the first in a series of new partnerships that the Microsoft Innovation Centre will be announcing over the coming months. Harvest and Microsoft Malta share the same commitment to supporting the growth of the local startup ecosystem and our plan is that through future initiatives, we will keep supporting the community together,” said Kyle Anastasi from Microsoft Malta.
“At a time when Microsoft has been reviewing its MIC programme in other markets, we are proud to say that in Malta, the MIC has been acknowledged for its constant growth and increased role in Malta’s IT ecosystem. We have been growing from strength to strength and the new partnerships that are currently being established keep us in line with our corporate mission to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more” added Kyle Anastasi.
“Partnering and supporting a success story like the Microsoft Innovation Centre is a source of great pride for us because it will give us the opportunity to bring our expertise and market presence to the table,” said Godwin Caruana, CEO of Harvest Technology. “This, together with Microsoft’s technologies, products and expertise should create the necessary synergies and learning opportunities to strengthen the start-up eco-system that is becoming increasingly more relevant in the market,” he added.
Inaugurated six years ago, the Microsoft Innovation Centre has been part of the local tech ecosystem, acting as a point of reference for technology experts, businesses, startups, students and educators to learn more how their work and operations can be improved through Microsoft’s technology, the press statement says.
Microsoft Innovation Centre has hosted and mentored startups since its establishment. To date, over 180 technology startups have been hosted at the MIC where more outreach activities are being organised in line with the evolution of newer technologies such as cloud computing, big data, blockchain, iGaming, artificial intelligence (AI) and virtual reality.