ISLAMABAD - Microsoft Pakistan has organised two BizSpark Camps at Microsoft Innovation Centre where 9 technology products, developed by six start-up companies, were showcased. This was the first initiative of its kind where the ideas of young entrepreneurs were actually transformed into a mature product. The first camp was based on Windows Phone 7 Development and the second one was on Windows Azure Development. The projects were diversified from a game to live score updates. There were also solutions related to e-banking, e-commerce and personal security. The showcasing event was attended by 80 professionals including developers, IT pros and students, and executives from Microsoft, P@SHA and TiE. The main highlight of the event was the deployment of projects on Multi Touch Screens where the attendees could actually witness the applications in real time. Staff Reporter Sharing his views on the programme Kamal Ahmed, Country General Manager Microsoft said: We want to do everything through which we can equip the young talent in Pakistan. Through BizSpark, Microsoft has tried to facilitate these young start-ups with the knowledge and tools they need to harness the magic of software, which will help improve lives, solve problems and become a catalyst for economic growth in Pakistan. Addressing the audience, JehanAra, President P@SHA said: BizSpark camps have been instrumental in nurturing start-ups and encouraging entrepreneurs to transform their ideas into market ready products. Several young companies have benefited from the program in Pakistan and have added their strength to empowering the local software economy as a result. Also present during the event were Imtiaz Noor Muhammad, Executive Director, TiE; Shoaib Khalil, Marketing Manager, Microsoft Pakistan; and Zafar ul Islam, Enterprise Technology Strategist. BizSpark Camp is a subset of Microsofts BizSpark Program launched last year. For many technology startup companies, achieving and sustaining business success is a tough proposition. Many succumb to myriad challenges along the way - from funding to marketing to changing market conditions. Looking at these concerns, Microsoft Pakistan, in partnership with Pakistan Software Houses Association for IT & ITES (P@SHA), The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE) and Tech Angels Network (TAN), launched Microsoft BizSpark programme. This programme is targeted towards early stage software companies, providing them with resources including access to Microsoft platform software and development tools with no upfront cost.