Any of you who like to keep abreast of major developments within the worlds of enterprise and technology, will no doubt be aware that data analytics has skyrocketed in significance in recent years.
One specific area that startups are seizing upon as a high-potential means of growth and development is location analytics, which help them to ‘geo-enable’ their business data allowing for deeper insights and a more informed approach to problem solving!
It would seem that ‘location, location, location’ is more true today than it ever has been!
Although it might sound rather sophisticated, complex, or indeed niche, the range of businesses which could gain a competitive advantage through the use of location analytics is really very broad.
Fortunately and rather usefully, a global player in this industry is making great strides to help spread the benefits of this technology to new and emerging business.
Esri Startup Program
We are rather pleased to share with you a global, free and growing programme which is equipping startups and emerging businesses with the tools to build location and mapping analytics capabilities into their products.
The programme, created by Esri, delivers Geographic Information System (GIS) software, to build geospatial technology into their solutions and business models.
The free programme lasts for 3 years and will endow startups with ArcGIS online services, software development tools, ready-to-use content, training, technical support, global partnership opportunities, and co-marketing to help entrepreneurs starting technology product businesses with a mapping and location component.
What will you get?
Qualifying startups receive 3 interconnected and vital offerings; Online Services and Software, Support and Training, Community and Co-Marketing.
Online Services and Software: These are the tools needed to add maps, routing capabilities, and location analytics to your products and business including; ArcGIS Online, ArcGIS for Server Enterprise, Esri Developer Network, ArcGIS for Desktop, ArcGIS Pro, and Esri CityEngine.
Support and Training: The programme combines a dedicated support centre, extensive knowledge base, expert publications, $1500 credit for E-Learning courses, and access to professional services to ensure your proficiency, helping you to make the most of the opportunities that the superior online services and software provide.
Community and Co-Marketing: The opportunity to leverage and participate with an extensive community of experienced entrepreneurs, partners, developers and GIS industry experts. Esri has a global community of over 350,000 clients, 7,000+ Esri employees, selling into 230+ countries serving customers across all 7 continents. Members join as an Emerging Partner in the Esri Partner Network (EPN), a network of more than 2,000+ partners worldwide. They also get to take advantage of opportunities for event participation and co-marketing and networking with industry experts.
Who Can Apply?
Any startup business that has identified the potential benefits of embedding advanced mapping and location services into its products and business operations.
But beyond this there are a few other stipulations and criteria that Esri would like to you fulfil. You must:
Build either software as-a-service (SaaS) or platforms as a service products,
Have been founded less than 3 years ago,
Generating less than $1 Million (£651K) annually at the time of entry into the programme.
Visit esri.com/startups to apply. Hundreds of startups from around the globe are already enrolled in the programme; to learn more, and to see if it would be the right fit for your business, visit the Esri Startup Program site, where you will find all the information you need.