Today we launched a global programme known as BizSpark targeted at early stage software start-ups, with resources including access to Microsoft platform software and development tools with no upfront costs. The program will also provide access to technical support and marketing visibility from Microsoft, as well as support through a select group of network partners – industry associations, government agencies, university incubators and investors. Here in New Zealand, Incubators New Zealand, the New Zealand Software Association, the Angel Association New Zealand and Mindscape are among the initial network partners in the BizSpark programme. These organisations are working with software start-ups and can provide access to the BizSpark programme in addition to the other business and growth mentoring they normally provide.
If you are a software start-up that isn’t working with one of these business incubation organisations, you can still apply to the BizSpark programme here.
So what can start-ups get when they join the programme:
This program lasts 3 years. There are no upfront costs. No Commitments. Start ups just have to pay USD100 at graduation.
Start-ups get access to BizSpark either through a Network Partner (e.g. Incubators NZ, NZ Software Association, Angel Association NZ and over 300+ entrepreneurial-focused organizations with a strong track record to helping young and promising technology companies succeed or through Microsoft BizSpark Program Leads (called “BizSpark Champs”). Start-ups can find both at Microsoft.com/bizspark.
Eligibility: BizSpark is available to start-ups that fit the following criteria.
www.microsoftstartupzone.com/bizspark has all the detailed program information.
If you have any questions, you can contact me via the ‘Email’ link at the top of this blog.
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