Oracle said it expanded its global startup ecosystem in a bid to increase the impact and support for the wider startup community, reach more entrepreneurs worldwide, and drive cloud adoption and innovation, according Telecompaper. The expansion includes the launch of a new virtual-style, non-residential global programme named Oracle Scaleup Ecosystem, as well as the addition of Austin to its residential Oracle Startup Cloud Accelerator programme. The addition of Austin brings the residential programme to North America and expands the accelerator’s reach to 9 total global locations.
Oracle Scaleup Ecosystem is the new non-residential, virtual-style programme designed for startups and venture capital and private equity portfolio companies to enable hyper-growth and scale. Oracle’s Scaleup programme is collaborating with  PE and VC firms and will be aimed at high-growth entities across EMEA, JAPAC, and the Americas, as well as some investment groups and strategic partners. The programme offers mentoring, R&D support, marketing/sales enablement, migration assistance, cloud credits and discounts, and access to Oracle’s customer and product ecosystems.
Industry veteran and Amazon Web Services (AWS) alum Jason Williamson has been tapped by Bradford to lead the Oracle Scaleup Ecosystem programme.
Oracle Startup Cloud Accelerator will select five to six startups per cohort, supporting two cohorts a year. The inaugural programme took place at the Oracle office in Prestige Tech Park, Bangalore. It was expanded at the start of 2017 to 7 other cities, Bristol, Delhi–National Capital Region (NCR), Mumbai, Paris, Sao Paulo, Singapore and Tel Aviv.