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Tech Park gets $262K grant from Microsoft

4 years 3 weeks 17 hours ago Friday, November 21 2014 Nov 21, 2014 November 21, 2014 10:49 AM November 21, 2014 in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Russell Jones

BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Technology Park received a six-figure technology grant from Microsoft Friday, the largest software grant the incubator has received since it started operations in 2001.

Spokesperson Jesse Hoggard said the $262,000 grant includes software and support for Tech Park programs, and will support video game development workshops, hack-a-thons and other community tech training programs.

"We believe in supporting Louisiana business and understand technology is key to Louisiana's success," said Joseph Mitchell, Microsoft Technical Account Manager.

Tech Park Executive Director Stephen Loy said the grant will let them continue to promote tech entrepreneurs and STEM education initiatives in Louisiana.

"We are honored by this generous donation from Microsoft; their investment in our programs will allow us to increase the array of offerings we are able to offer our clients and stakeholders at the Tech Park," he said.

Last year the Tech Park opened a new video game incubator called the Level Up Lab which gives independent game makers access to tools and software to make better games. One such project, "Tadpole Treble" from BitFinity Games, is slated for release in Spring 2015 for the WiiU.


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