Houston accelerates growth by accelerating entrepreneurship

Houston accelerates growth by accelerating entrepreneurship


In August of 2017, Hurricane Harvey made landfall in Texas with devastating results, displacing tens of thousands of Houston area residents and impacting untold numbers of businesses in and around the city. But whereas most mayors in the aftermath of such an event would have focused on building back their city, Houston mayor Sylvester Turner took a more innovative approach: he proposed building the city “forward.” For this, he turned to Microsoft—specifically, a partnership between Microsoft, the city of Houston, Rice University, and other public and private entities aimed at developing Houston into the nation’s first truly smart “smart city” and a mega-hub for startups and entrepreneurs. Watch this informative video to discover how programs like the Microsoft Ion Smart Cities Accelerator in midtown Houston are not only helping the city recover from the costliest hurricane in U.S. history, but also spurring economic growth by increasing the town’s digital capabilities and fostering entrepreneurship.

Customer story: City of Westminster College | What is voice?

Customer story: City of Westminster College | What is voice?


For a student who is hard of hearing, it can be difficult to communicate in class. That’s why Esam Baboukhan, the e-learning manager at the City of Westminster College (CWC), introduced Teams to facilitate the learning experience for every student, regardless of their ability to hear. Since then, Esam has seen improved student teamwork, especially with students that previously had to communicate through an interpreter. It’s one way that the modern workplace has enabled students to collaborate at CWC.

Customer Story: Clifton Coffee

Customer Story: Clifton Coffee


Clifton Coffee Roasters (CCR) is a popular coffee company that profited from the recent boom in café culture. As Clifton Coffee Roasters’ business grew, so did the company leaders’ ambitions. They credit digital business and communication tools from Microsoft with helping them to grow and scale their business. Now, they provide additional services like technical support and delivery service to coffee shops across the UK. Check out this video to see how Clifton Coffee Roasters upgraded their teamwork strategy to grow their business.