BizSpark is a global program that gives tech startups cloud hosting, free software, support and visibility to help them succeed. Over 100,000 startups from 165+ countries have joined BizSpark. This three year program is free of charge and provides
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Your startup qualifies for BizSpark if you are:
If your startup is using $500 or more in cloud hosting and would like Microsoft to cover those costs (up to $5,000 a month for one year) then you need to
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Microsoft Azure is the cloud for all startups. With support for Windows & Linux Virtual Machines right from the gallery you’ll be up and running in just minutes. Don’t want to manage the server yourself? With Azure Websites & Cloud Services you can easily deploy .NET, Node.js, PHP, Python and Java websites and web apps easily and quickly using Git, GitHub, Visual Studio Online, FTP and more.
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The first thing you will need to join BizSpark is a Microsoft Account. What is a Microsoft Account? It’s what you use to sign in to Microsoft devices & services like Outlook, Skype, OneDrive, Office 365 and of course BizSpark.
You may already have a personal account (such as firstname.lastname@example.org) however it’s recommended that you create one for your startup so that you don’t run into issues like having to share your password or linking your company to your personal email/One Drive etc.
Here’s just a few reasons why you may get/got denied from the BizSpark program
Your website is one of the primary ways the BizSpark team validates your startup. If it’s not clear what you do and what you are building, you will likely get denied
So you have a great looking website that clearly tells the story of what you do, but yet you register your company email address with a Hotmail/Outlook/Gmail account. Although that by itself is not a sign that you are doing something shady or anything, but it does raise an eyebrow.
As part of the application process for BizSpark you have to submit a description of your startup. So maybe your website isn’t perfect, or you aren’t yet ready to “open the kimono” publicly. Well now is your chance to really tell the folks at BizSpark what you do! You have 2500 characters, and I suggest you use them wisely.
You qualify for BizSpark if you are a startup that is - Developing technology, software or apps - Less than 5 years old - Privately held - Making less than one million annually
You do not qualify for BizSpark if - Your primary business is consulting - Your primary business is e-commerce (selling stuff online versus building an e-commerce platform) - Your primary business is services oriented (think hosting, IT solutions, management etc.)
Now that you’ve submitted your your application you’ll have to wait for it to be reviewed and ultimately approved or denied. Either way you should expect a response to your primary account email within 5 business days. If you have not heard from us or you have any questions feel free to email the BizSpark team.
Why not take a few minutes to setup your profile. Start by navigating to the BizSpark Portal and use the wizard on the right to add your startups logo, select your category, add a summary (helps when people are searching for solutions in our field) and more.
Your profile is visible to other BizSpark members by default. You can click View Profile then Manage visibility to change it.
Did you know each developer (up to 4) get all the benefits of BizSpark? The benefits multiply as each developer gets their very own MSDN subscription. This is very handy and allows you, for example, to scale your Azure benefits and use one subscription for your development environment, one for testing, one for production etc. By adding each developer on your team you multiple all the benefits of BizSpark. Need more than 4 developers? You can request an exception through BizSpark Support.
Start by logging into My BizSpark and clicking on Manage
Click Add and fill out the required information
With BizSpark you get $150 a month for 3 years of Azure credits (per developer). To enable and begin using this benefit complete the following
There is a lot you can do with Azure but the following are just some of the more common ones and should get you up and running quickly!
Azure is the open cloud for startups, check out what you can do with
Want to learn more about Microsoft Azure? Microsoft Virtual Academy has you covered with courses covering key technical topics, including Azure Virtual Machines, Virtual Networks, Platform as a Service (PaaS) implementations and more.
Click here to see a complete list of Microsoft Azure courses. Not sure where to get started? Try these courses:
What kind of software can you get for free with BizSpark? You’ll have access to Visual Studio Ultimate, Windows, SQL Server, Office and way more. Basically almost every Microsoft product available for development and testing!
The best part is all licenses you obtain during your enrollment in BizSpark are perpetual upon graduation, in other words you get to keep what you’ve used.
Accessing your free software is easy, just head over to the MSDN Subscriber Downloads page.
Then select or search for the product you want and select Product Keys to obtain a product key and Download to download the ISO or EXE.
For more information check out the BizSpark FAQ and if that fails reach out to BizSpark Support.
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