On Friday June 17th Miles Deegan and myself of Microsoft presented at the Daresbury SCI Business Breakfast Networking Event.
Once a month, a group of over 100 such individuals, meets in the Daresbury Innovation Centre to start their Friday with an hour or two of high-value networking. The presentation was aimed at Microsoft Windows Azure Cloud Services within SME and Microsoft BizSpark programme for start-up companies.
A program that provides Software, Support and Visibility for Software Startups.
Fast and easy access to current, full-featured tools and platforms you need to design, develop, test and demonstrate your software application. Here’s a sample list of the software you have access to:
ASP.NET: a technology for building dynamic web applications
Expression Studio: tools for designing and building web and Windows client applications and rich media content
SQL Server: all editions of our database server software
Visual Studio: a comprehensive suite of development tools designed to help software developers create innovative, next-generation applications
Windows 7, Vista, XP: the latest and legacy Windows operating systems – for design, dev, test and demo only
Windows Azure Platform: access to our cloud computing platform
Windows Server: all editions of our server operating system
For those familiar with Microsoft Products, BizSpark includes access and licenses to most of the software included in a Visual Studio Ultimate with MSDN Subscription.
A connection to over 2,000 BizSpark Network Partners. These are active members of the global ecosystem: university incubators, hosters, government agencies, investors, consultants, influential bloggers and financial institutions who can provide guidance, mentoring and resources.
Email support, online training and invitations to local technical events for entrepreneurs working with early adopter technologies, like Windows® 7, Microsoft® Silverlight, Windows® Azure and Microsoft® SQL Server 2008.
Developer support through managed newsgroups, online library, online concierge, newsletters, conferences, blogs
Two technical support incidents per start-up
Start-ups have the opportunity to achieve global visibility to an audience of potential investors, clients, and partners by profiling their company and posting offers and events in the BizSpark online networking hub, BizSpark Connect. Startups may also be highlighted as a featured company and be promoted as BizSpark "Startup of the Day” on Microsoft.com/BizSpark and BizSpark’s social media sites.
To qualify for the programme you must meet the following criteria:
Less than 3 years old
Making Less than US $1 million in annual revenue
There is no fee to enroll in Microsoft BizSpark
If you want to enrol on the programme you can do this most simply through Daresbury SIC who is a network partner.