We are proud to announce that Microsoft today launched BizSpark, an exciting new offering that will enable software startups to leverage Microsoft development and platform technologies to deliver Next Generation Web and Software + Services applications.

BizSpark offers early stage companies resources at no up-front cost, including:

  • Software:  fast and easy access to Microsoft’s current full-featured development tools, platform technologies, and production licenses of server products for immediate use in developing and bringing to market innovative and interoperable solutions with no upfront costs and minimal requirements.
  • Support:  professional technical support from Microsoft (MSDN) and community support from BizSpark “Network Partners” around the world who provide a wide range of support resources for software startups (e.g., entrepreneur incubators, associations, & investors).
  • Visibility:  global visibility to an audience of potential investors, clients, and partners.  Startups will have the opportunity to complete a profile in the online Startup directory (BizSparkDB) which highlights promising companies, including the “BizSpark Startup of the Day”

How to get started

In order to qualify your company/organization needs to fulfill the following requirements:

  1. Building a software-based product or service.
  2. Have been in existence for less than 3 years.
  3. Generate less than $1M (USD) in revenue.
  4. Be privately held.

Free software? What do I get?

  • All the software included in the Microsoft® Visual Studio® Team System Team Suite (VSTS) with MSDN® Premium subscription
  • Expression® Studio Version 2
  • VSTS Team Foundation Server (standard edition)
  • Production use rights to host a “software as a service” solution (developed during participation in the BizSpark Program, on any platform) over the Internet, with regard to products including:
    • Microsoft Windows Server® (all versions up to and including Enterprise)
    • Microsoft SQL Server® (all versions)
    • Microsoft Office SharePoint® Portal Server
    • Microsoft System Center
    • Microsoft BizTalk® Server
    • Microsoft Dynamics® CRM (coming soon)
  • In addition to the core program offering, BizSpark startups will be eligible for other Microsoft offerings, such as:
    • Microsoft Azure™ Services Platform

This information is representative and not comprehensive.  Products, versions, availability and additional benefits are subject to change without notice.  The current BizSpark program offering details can be found here.

Please visit Microsoft BizSpark and Microsoft Startup Zone for more information and to begin enrollment.


Patrick Svenburg