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Didem Un Ates

Director, Partnerships & Startup Success, Microsoft Startup Growth Partners (aka Microsoft Accelerators)



Following her Electrical Engineering and Management studies at the University of Pennsylvania, Didem started her career with management consulting at CapGemini in Boston, MA. She then contributed to the disruptive growth of mobile industry in EMEA during her eight years with Motorola. After graduating from Columbia Business School in 2005, Didem continued her career at Greenwich Consulting and British Telecom in the U.K.

Her passion for convergence of online, mobile, and digital media led her to join Microsoft’s Information & Content Experiences Group. Together with her team, Didem has signed more than 1,500 partnerships with the leading media companies in 57 markets during her first years with Microsoft.

As part of her role at Microsoft Startup Growth Partners, she currently works with corporate, government, and VC/ accelerator partners to expand and to deepen Microsoft’s impact on the global startup ecosystem. Didem also manages a global team of ‘success managers’ who support high potential startups scale by connecting them with Microsoft’s various business units as well as global sales channels.