Digital Realm Entertainment Inc is an interactive entertainment software startup company based in Kigali, Rwanda. They aim to develop some of the best-unique worlds and experiences that tell African stories through games. Digital Realm was founded by Thomas Shiva who has experience as a gamer, designer and digital artist.

Microsoft Startup Founders Hub provides founders with free resources to help overcome the problems of startups. According to Investopedia as of March 2021, only 80% of startups survived after one year. And most business owners say that reasons for failure include money running out, being in the wrong market, lack of research, bad partnerships, ineffective marketing and not being an expert in the field.

The Founders Hub is centered around three key areas which are unlocking innovation for all by eliminating traditional barriers founders face such as understanding venture capital requirements, facilitating technology benefits that grow by helping founders speed up development with free access to GitHub and the Microsoft Cloud with the ability to unlock additional benefits over time and access to mentorship and guidance wherestartups get to connect with industry veterans, access tailored startup-centric training and innovate quickly with expert technical guidance.

On the 6th of October 2022 the team at Digital Realm® announced their acceptance as follows “Another milestone achieved! At Digital Realm Entertainment Inc,  We are happy to publicly announce that we are officially accepted to the Microsoft for Startups Founders Hub family. Building a startup business in Africa is a hard process and access to technology infrastructure is one of the major constraints businesses face when starting…Which is why this will be a great opportunity for our company to scale and grow our platform & solutions with services such as Azure – Microsoft’s Cloud Computing Platform as the backbone of The Realm which will offer us special needed resources to get started.”

This news comes after Microsoft announced in March 2022 that it has a new initiative to support 10,000 African startups in the next 5 years.