Announcing: Microsoft BizSpark

Announcing: Microsoft BizSpark

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Today we launched Microsoft BizSpark, an exciting new offering that enables software startups to leverage Microsoft development and platform technologies to deliver next generation web and Software + Services applications.  It has been over 6 months in the making and it is such a relief to now be able to talk about it openly :)

Microsoft BizSpark is designed to accelerate the success of early stage startups by providing access to:

  • 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
  • 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 have the opportunity to complete a profile in the online Startup directory (BizSparkDB) which highlights promising companies, including the "BizSpark Startup of the Day"

BizSpark is available to startups that fit the following criteria:

  • A private company building a software-based product or service (not intended for consultants/SIs - Microsoft Action Pack is the entry level program for those partners)
  • In business for less than 3 years
  • Less than $1M in revenue
  • Nominated by a Network Partner (referrals are also facilitated by the BizSpark portal)

There is no cost to enter the program and you can participate for up to 3 years.  There is a nominal $100 fee at the time of exiting the program.

Getting Started:

  1. Eligible startups should get more detail on the program from http://www.microsoftstartupzone.com/BizSpark
  2. Go to www.microsoft.com/bizspark and identify a Network Partner they'd like to engage. If you are a US-based startup, you can contact our BizSparkBizDesk (866-833-0848) with any enrollment questions.
  3. Download the bits, connect with a designated hoster, and build your solution
  4. Tell the world!  Highlight your company/solution via http://microsoftstartupzone.com/BizSparkDB
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