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Microsoft is very proud of our global partnership with Startup Weekend, and especially of our local sponsorship and support of Startup Weekend Auckland happening on the weekend of June 15 at the ecentre in Albany.

Our sponsorship is made possible through BizSpark, our program to help startups succeed. The program gives startups free access to our whole range of software, and provides them with support and visibility in the market.

With close to 350 startups on the program here in New Zealand and growing fast, we have a long list of successful stories to tell. A lot of our startups are using our open and flexible cloud platform Windows Azure for creating and hosting their web applications and services. If interested in the platform we have a promotion ending VERY soon where you help with scientific research by deploying a pre-developed solution to a free Azure trial account, and are in to win some epic prizes so get in quick http://aka.ms/win

Another awesome opportunity for startups is to develop great Metro style apps for the Windows 8 and Windows Phone marketplaces. Windows 8 will run on millions of devices across the world, making it the single biggest platform opportunity available to developers!

We have recently launched BizSpark Plus, which will cover up to $60,000 of your production Windows Azure usage over two years and will have other offers coming soon; you just need to be nominated through one of our partners, which include Startup Weekend or the ecenter.

Microsoft has a true commitment to fostering innovation and ensuring a bright future for startups. BzSpark and our relationship with Startup Weekend is a great way to ensure that happens. So good luck with your pitches at Startup Weekend Auckland, and we will see you there!

Thiago Almeida

Technology Evangelist
Microsoft New Zealand
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