Huawei Cloud Announces Spark Programme for Middle East SMEs
Huawei Cloud has announced the launch of ‘Spark’, a new startup ecosystem support programme aiming at empowering SMEs to develop their cloud capabilities. This initiative is the first step towards supporting Huawei Cloud partners in line with the recently launched Oasis Programme, where Huawei announced plans to invest $15 million over the next three years to accelerate the development of technology enterprises and ecosystems in the Middle East.
Spark will support more than 50 SMEs, each will receive up to $15,000 fund support on Huawei Cloud in addition to cloud training during the first phase of the programme. A select group of SMEs will then join Spark Accelerate Programme, where they will receive further technical support from Huawei Cloud experts to help transform their businesses in the cloud and evolve their offerings.
Frank Dai, President of Huawei Cloud Middle East, said, “SMEs play a prominent role in Middle East economies, where they contribute by far the largest share of national economic output. However, they face unique challenges, including a shortage of a skilled digital workforce and a lack of resources to digitize operations. By empowering more SMEs to succeed through Spark and similar programmes, we can jointly cultivate an even stronger technology ecosystem in the Middle East.”
Huawei Cloud delivers a smart experience for people, cities, and enterprises in all scenarios, as part of Huawei’s commitment to providing reliable, secure, and cost-effective cloud services to empower applications, and help organisations of all sizes grow in today’s intelligent world. To support a wider cloud rollout, Huawei has unveiled several programmes to help the region cultivate digital experts and build the local ecosystem. It recently announced a support programme for developing 3,000 cloud experts in the region as part of the Huawei Cloud Oasis Programme. The Oasis Programme includes USD7.5 million to be allocated for partner development, over USD2.5 million to be put behind credits and other cloud resources, and more than USD4.5 million in marketing support for programme projects.