Microsoft and Be – a Possibility Partnership!

We are delighted to announce Microsoft as a Be. Lab strategic partner!

This relationship is the first of what we, at Be, are calling 'Possibility Partnerships'. These partnerships will be essential to this next phase of our work. Our Possibility Partners will provide us with sustainable multi-year financial and in-kind support, help us develop the elements of our access innovation ecosystem, and model to others what is possible by undertaking their own access innovation journey through the Be. Lab.

These are organisations who are ready to take a globally disruptive leadership position around accessibility.

As Be seeks to generate the next wave of social change for people with access needs, Microsoft and the Be. Lab form a natural and powerful partnership with deep mission alignment. Microsoft aim to ‘empower every person and every organisation on the planet to achieve more’, and are actively targeting the burgeoning access market – building accessible products and services through world-leading inclusive design practices

Shortly after Minnie and Megan visited Microsoft HQ in Seattle earlier this year, Microsoft Global invested Be. Lab seed funding, and the Microsoft New Zealand crew came onboard as development partners. We have piloted the Be. Lab workshops with members of the Auckland-based Microsoft team, and generated a vision and roadmap for Microsoft New Zealand’s access innovation journey. The team are now working with us on a sizable portfolio of projects – some of which seek to innovate within Microsoft, while others explore mutually-beneficial opportunities to position Aotearoa as a leader in access employment, innovation, and entrepreneurship – more on all that very soon!

As part of the Be. Lab and Microsoft New Zealand partnership, we are pleased to introduce the two newest members of our Fab 50 network: Barrie Sheers, and Vanessa Sorenson.