On 15th November 2013 the Microsoft Corporation company   has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Tanzania Commission for Science and Technology (COSTECH) and its autonomous entity Dar Teknohama Business Incubator (DTBi) to cooperate and enable technology based startups, innovators and the software developer community in Tanzania to grow their skills and build businesses with Microsoft support.

The company aims to offer incubator communities with increased access to software, skills development opportunities and a means through which innovative start-ups can access capital investment, benefit from international outreach and scale their businesses to the world through Microsoft’s cloud computing solutions.

Minister for Communication,Science and Technology Prof Makame Mbarawa(right) with Microsoft  Director of imorato partnerships Leila Charfi(left) witness the event of signing the Memorandum of understanding from COSTECH,DTBI and Microsoft executives. From right side is the Microsoft East Africa LTD, Country Manager East and South Africa Erick Odipo. COSTECH Director  General,Dr Hassan Mshinda and DTBI Chief Executive Officer Eng George Mulamula

Minister Mbarawa said the memorandum of understanding which was signed today is a great opportunity for COSTECH, DTBi and Microsoft as it will have great positive impact on the economy of the country and the stakeholders. “Today, technologies like mobile banking are still very young, but the room for innovation in this and other ICT space is enormous. - Now is the time to be a technology entrepreneur in Tanzania in particular and Africa in general. There is a new, giant, untapped market in Tanzania, just waiting to be served.  Both the economic and social benefits will be tremendous. Minister Mbarawa said.

Prof Mbarawa also stated that Institutions like COSTECH/DTBi and supporters like MICROSOFT are key in enhancing innovation and entrepreneurship to young innovators and start-ups to create locally-inspired solutions to local problems, which in most cases are bankable.

Speaking during the signing of memorandum which took place in COSTECH offices in Dar es salaam Microsoft General Manager East and Southern Africa Eric Odipo, said that with this new cooperation, Tanzanians technology developers and Technology based entrepreneurs now will have an opportunity to incubate their ideas and develop them to successful enterprises’ that solve the daily challenges facing the communities we live in.

“Through the 4Afrika Initiative, we are deeply committed to helping accelerate African innovation and we hope these efforts will help us reach more people who are looking to turn their great ideas into a reality that can empower their community, their country and Africa at large”, He added.

Minister for Communication,Science and Technology Prof Makame Mbarawa speaks before the Signing of the Memorandum of understanding.He is flanked by Microsoft  Director of imorato partnerships Leila Charfi (left).Right is Microsoft East Africa LTD, Country Manager East and South Africa Erick Odipo.

COSTECH Director General,Dr Hassan Mshinda (first right) explains the meaning of the Memorandum of understanding to the Tanzanian economy.He said the Memorandum of Understanding will enable COSTECH/ DTBi to get support from Microsoft in the areas such as training, BizSpark Network, Devices, International volunteers to train start-ups, access to Microsoft networks of incubators, Top-up competitions and internship. In collaboration with Microsoft, DTBi will work with the University of Dodoma to tap innovative ICT youth who will be admitted in the DTBi incubation program to become the future entrepreneurs.

Dar Teknohama Business Incubator Chief Executive Officer ,Eng George Mulamula(left) appreciates the support of the Microsoft Company