Euclid Opportunities, Icap's early stage financial technology project, today announced a partnership with Microsoft BizSpark designed to support start-ups developing innovation in the global financial markets.
The new Microsoft initiative, BizSpark Plus, offers companies in Euclid's portfolio a full range of Microsoft development tools, technical training and professional support resources complemented by access to the Windows Azure Cloud Computing Platform.
Steve Gibson, Managing Director, Euclid Opportunities said, "We are delighted to be working with Microsoft on this project. This relationship is based on the shared aim of supporting the creativity, talent and ambition that resides in the next generation of successful enterprises."
"Entrepreneurship is a critical driver of economic growth, at Microsoft we support entrepreneurs around the world in every way we can," said Cliff Reeves, a General Manager in Microsoft's Emerging Business team. "That includes working with respected incubators like Euclid Opportunities to ensure that their high-potential startups get friction-free access to our best technology as well as our network of partners worldwide."
Mark Beeston, CEO, Portfolio Risk Services at ICAP, added, "This excellent collaboration furthers our aim of building the world's best ecosystem to support the best ideas and innovators in our industry."