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NEW DELHI, INDIA: Microsoft has invited applications from technology enthusiasts across India for its BizSpark India Start-up Challenge.

In its third year, the contest is aimed at discovering and supporting the next wave of promising start-ups in India, said Microsoft.

The company claims that the competition aims to help start-ups succeed by giving them access to software development tools, connecting them with key industry players, and providing marketing visibility.

"The BizSpark India Start-up Challenge aims to nourish and support the entrepreneurial ecosystem in India by providing software startups with access to world class technology during their inception, and giving them a better chance of success and in turn creating jobs, wealth and innovation", said K Rajinish Menon, director - ISV & Cloud Strategy, Microsoft Corporation India (Pvt) Ltd.

10 finalists from each region will be short listed on the basis of their ingenuity, creativity and innovation and they will get a chance to present their business plan to a distinguished jury at the Regional Finals in 10 different cities, added the release.

Each regional winner gets the privilege to pitch at national finals in Bangalore on 4th June, 2013 to compete for the National Top 3 positions.

"It's inspiring to see the thriving startup community in India especially those of tier ii and tier III cities of India, and Microsoft is committed to providing these startup entrepreneurs with a holistic approach to their initiatives", he added.

The release further added that the teams are contesting for a grant prize of $70K in cash and $2 Million worth of non-cash prizes such as Windows Phones, liaisons with venture capitalists, an exclusive connect with Microsoft account management teams to evangelize the solution, relevant training, as well as a BizSpark Plus membership.#crosoft announces BizSpark Start-up Challenge 2013.

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