Jennifer Marsman wrote a great post on her MSDN blog about the benefits of BizSpark and how to get started with the program. This step-by-step tutorialcan help get you enrolled as well.

This is a cross-post from my blog, which can be found here.

 Perks of the program:

  • http://wootstudio.ca/startups/bizspark.aspx
  • Windows 8 / Windows Phone developer accounts
  • Visual Studio Ultimate 2013
  • Windows 8
  • Office 365
  • $150 / month Azure credits
  • Website hosting, virtual machines, databases, and mobile services
  • Visual Studio Online (Formerly TFS)
  • 90 Days of pluralsight + DigitalTutors training
  • Free marketing support with Microsoft
  • UnityVS, for debugging Unity games within Visual Studio
 

Who qualifies?

  • Actively engaged in development of a software-based app, product, or service that will form a core piece of your current or intended business.  (NOTE: you must be building a product!  Startups providing consulting services are not eligible.)
  • Your company is privately held, and in business for less than 5 years.
  • Makes less than US $1 million in annual revenue

Whether you are a student, startup, or an indie game developer, Microsoft views you as a welcome addition to our startup program.

A code to get you started

Click on this link to sign yourself up!  The BizSpark team will take a look at your profile, and you'll hear back in a few days. If you do sign up, feel free to shoot me an e-mail and see how else I can help you!

Some additional resources: