Call for Microsoft Airband Grant Fund applications to overcome barriers to affordable internet access - Microsoft on the Issues

Microsoft has opened its third annual call for applications to the Microsoft Airband Grant Fund. The grant fund seeks to spark innovation to overcome barriers to affordable internet access by supporting high-potential, early-stage startups creating innovative new technologies, services and business models.  

Grantees receive cash investments, access to technology, business development support, mentoring and great networking opportunities.  They are particularly interested in solutions enabling key verticals such as agriculture, education, healthcare and small business.

The grant fund is an integral part of Microsoft’s Airband initiative, which aims to extend broadband access across the United States and, ultimately, connectivity around the globe.

Microsoft is collaborating with internet access and off-grid energy access providers, as well as other private and public-sector entities, on practical, high-impact and scalable approaches to help close the digital divide. The grant fund complements their connected intitiative.

Submission Deadline: Midnight January 31, 2018 U.S. Pacific Standard Time.