Microsoft Announces Major Sponsorship with 1776 Campus, Inc. (1776)

Washington, DC (PRWEB) June 27, 2013

Microsoft and 1776 today announced a sponsorship agreement that will bring Microsoft’s industry, business, and technical resources to the world’s most promising startups in the heart of Washington, DC.

1776 is an incubator platform, located a few blocks from the White House. Opened in April, 2013, the 1776 Campus includes co-working and mentorship programs for hundreds of startups and an events venue that has rapidly become the center of gravity for the DC startup community. With an emphasis on startups involved in education, energy, health care and government, 1776 members get access to the political, intellectual, social, and financial capital that make Washington, DC unique.

As a founding sponsor, Microsoft will be highly engaged in all facets of 1776 including working closely with 1776 staff educating members in the areas of technology and industry, participating in key events. Microsoft is committed to bringing industry, business and technical expertise to the startups at 1776 by providing their time, people resources and educational tools to help startups succeed.

“1776 is a major initiative for the US economy and aligns directly with Microsoft’s commitment to provide startups and early stage companies the resources they need to succeed,” said Dan Kasun, Senior Director of Platform Evangelism at Microsoft Public Sector. “Empowering entrepreneurs with technology like Windows Azure, Windows 8 and Windows Phone, and support through programs such as Microsoft BizSpark is part of the strong commitment that Microsoft has towards economic development and innovation. 1776 provides the structure and catalyst for helping the most promising startups tackle our most pressing challenges.”

“Microsoft has always been committed to bringing forward bold, innovative solutions in education, healthcare, government, and other important sectors of the economy,” said Evan Burfield, cofounder of 1776. “By partnering with 1776, Microsoft can use their open platforms, extensive distribution network, and deep domain expertise to help promising new startups to tackle the biggest problems in the world.”

About 1776
1776 is a platform to reinvent America by connecting the hottest Start Ups from around the world with the assets of the most powerful city on Earth. In the heart of Washington, D.C., just a few blocks from the White House, 1776 is where startups tackling major national challenges in education, energy, health care, government, and all other highly regulated industries can engage to build the future of our economy. For more information, visit or follow at @1776dc.

About Microsoft
Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.

About Microsoft BizSpark
Microsoft BizSpark is a global program that helps software startups succeed. With over 45,000 startups from 100 countries in the program and a global network of 2,300 BizSpark partners, Microsoft provides great business value to young technology companies around the world. At no cost, the program provides a wide range of Microsoft technology, technical and business expertise, and enhanced market visibility. BizSpark Plus is an extension of the foundational BizSpark program providing higher value offerings through a network of leading regional incubators and accelerators around the world. More information is available at Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.