InvataCloud, an Adobe Connect-managed hosting service, will be the first Canadian company to join Microsoft’s BizSpark Plus program.
The BizSpark Plus program gives startups $10,000 a month, or $120,000 a year, of free Microsoft Azure cloud services, access to free software and tools like Visual Studio and Office, and connections with enterprise customers.
“When DX met InvataCloud, we were inspired by their vision to increase collaboration and facilitate distance learning. But InvataCloud needed to overcome the challenge of building and managing an infrastructure with the capacity to handle their larger education customers who wanted to reach as many students as possible,” said Mary-Ellen Anderson, VP of developer experience at Microsoft. “InvataCloud was able to leverage Azure credits within our BizSpark Plus offer to scale the cloud to help meet their customer’s needs.”
InvataCloud, one of the first firms to enter software-as-a-service incubator L-SPARK, specializes in Adobe Connect-managed hosting, along with support for Learning Management Systems like Moodle, and Desire2Learn. The company’s aim is to make it easier for universities and corporations to manage distance learning. L-SPARK is one of 150 accelerators and programs wordldwide that recently gained the ability to enter startups into BizSpark Plus.
“As an inaugural member of the L-SPARK Incubator program, InvataCloud has excelled in leveraging the tools and support available within our network,”said Leo Lax, managing director of L-SPARK. ”The team has succeeded in furthering the sophistication of their product offering, taking their startup to new heights in partnerships and customer opportunities.”