Annie is a startup ecosystem and community leader. She’s built and run 15+ accelerator programs globally with deep knowledge of startup communities across the US, Europe and Australasia. She’s invested in hundreds of startups through these programs and has lost count of how many entrepreneurs she’s worked with over the years. Annie joined Microsoft earlier this year as their global head of their Startup programs, based out of Sydney. This role covers the broad market offers Microsoft provides to the startup community, and also the ScaleUp initiative. The ScaleUp program works with later stage enterprise startups to help them get ready to sell to a large customer audience. Based in 8 cities globally, the ScaleUp programs offer a genuinely unique opportunity for startups not only to grow in their home markets, but into international locations as well.
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