Excerpts from the blog of Don Dodge
Director of Business Development, Microsoft Emerging Business Team
"Microsoft (recently) announced BizSpark, a global program designed to help accelerate the success of early stage software startups. Microsoft has worked with startups for many years by providing software, support, and introductions. But the programs were little known and narrow in scope. BizSpark is world wide, and now includes over 300 Network Partners who can offer the program directly to startups.
"BizSpark provides Visual Studio, Windows Server, SQL Server, SharePoint, MSDN, Microsoft Office, and lots more.
"VentureBeat describes BizSpark:
'It's an enticing free upfront three-year package, bundling together software, support and promotion for no upfront cost - requiring merely a $100 payment when you leave the program. It’s an aggressive move by Microsoft to ensure that technology startups at least consider using Microsoft’s tools when they are putting together their initial infrastructure - and comes a time when competitors are bidding for the business of those same startups by offering them low cost, often open source initiatives.'
"By joining BizSpark, Startups get:
Software: fast and easy access to Microsoft’s current full-featured development tools, platform technologies, and unlimited 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. Startups will also get access to the community technology preview (CTP) of the Microsoft Azure Services Platform.
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. Network Partners are incubators, investors, advisors, government agencies and hosters who are vested in software-fueled innovation and entrepreneurship.
Visibility: a dedicated online startup directory, BizSparkDB, on the Microsoft Startup Zone website (www.microsoftstartupzone.com)where we will highlight promising companies from around the world, including the "BizSpark Startup of the Day". Through their relationship with Microsoft and BizSpark Network Partners, startups will achieve global visibility to an audience of potential investors, clients and partners."
Microsoft BizSpark Program Application
As a Network Partner of the Microsoft BizSpark Program, the eCoast Angel Network can offer technology startups fast, easy access to current, full-featured Microsoft development tools and production licenses of server products; professional technical and expert business support; plus global visibility to new markets.
To be included in the program, your startup must be privately held and meet the following criteria:
- Actively engaged in development of a software-based product or service that will form a core piece of its current or intended business,
- In business for less than 3 years, and
- Less than US $1 million in annual revenue.
To go forward you must do two more things:
Fill out the application below and hit "Submit." The information you provide here will help us to know who you are if you ever choose to apply for funding.
Press the Microsoft BizSpark button below the application and enroll yourself directly into the BizSpark Program.