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Microsoft BizSpark ™ Launched in November 2008, the BizSpark program is designed to help accelerate thesuccess of entrepreneurs and early-stage startups globally. The program provides fast and easy access to current, full-featured software development tools and platforms, and a connection to over 2,000 BizSpark Network Partners – including university incubators, hosters, government agencies, investors, consultants and financial institutions – all with a common goal of supporting entrepreneurship. BizSpark startups also have the opportunity to achieve global visibility to an audience of potential investors, customers, and partners by profiling their company and posting offers and events in the BizSpark online networking hub, BizSpark Connect.

 

What is Microsoft BizSpark?

Microsoft BizSpark is a global program designed to help and accelerate a startup company by providing the resources

Resources

  • Receive fast and easy access to current full-featured Microsoft development tools, platform technologies, and production licenses of server products for immediate use in developing and bringing to market innovative and interoperable solutions. There is no upfront cost to enroll.

    Development Tools, Platform Technologies and Production Licenses

    • All the software included in the Microsoft® Visual Studio® Team System Team Suite (VSTS) with MSDN® 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 nternet, with regard to products including:
      • Microsoft Windows Server® (all editions up to and including Enterprise)
      • Microsoft SQL Server® (all editions)
      • Microsoft Office SharePoint® Portal Server
      • Microsoft System Center
      • Microsoft BizTalk® Server

    This information is representative and not comprehensive. Products, editions, availability and additional benefits are subject to change.

  • Get connected to Network Partners around the world — incubators, investors,advisors, government agencies and hosters — that are equally involved and vested insoftware-fueled innovation and entrepreneurship who will provide a wide range ofsupport resources.

    Microsoft Developer Network (MSDN)

    The Microsoft Developer Network (MSDN) is a set of online services designed to help developers write applications using Microsoft products andtechnologies, including Web developers, hardware developers interested in the operating system, developers standing on the various operating systemplatforms, and developers leveraging the API and scripting languages of Microsoft’s many applications. The information is presented through assorted media:Web sites, newsletters, developer conferences, trade media, blogs and software distribution.

    • MSDN Library :- A library of official technical documentation content intended for developers developing for Microsoft Windows®.
    • MSDN :- Each of your registered developers will get access to a MSDN subscription.
    • Technical Support :- Support for two incidents per Startup. This doesn’t literally mean just two phone calls: Your two incidents are attended to by Microsoft until they are fixed, nomatter how many calls it takes.
    • Customer Support :- Unlimited program support for non-technical issues to ensure your startup never misses a beat.
    • Global Community :- Enrollment in Microsoft BizSpark connects you to a global community of peers, the Microsoft BizSpark Network Partners; they will provide you with anexclusive array of world-class services, catered to Startups, to help guide you through all the dilemmas that entrepreneurial ventures face. And you’ll getpriceless visibility with potential customers, partners and investors. Expect to network and mingle with some of the hottest contacts in the industry.
  • Achieve global visibility to an audience of potential investors, clients and partner. As a Microsoft BizSpark member, you’ll be tapping into a rich, vibrant ecosystem of peers,partners and support resources around the globe, helping you grow and succeed. MicrosoftBizSpark is the quickest way to get your Startup fired up.

    Raising Your Profile

    You have the opportunity to profile your company in the online Startup directory, BizSparkDB, on www.Microsoft Startup Zone.com, giving you exposure topotential investors, partners and customers. Every week, Microsoft features Microsoft BizSpark Startups on the Microsoft Startup Zone Web site — just let usknow about your innovation and you could be featured.

Program Eligibility Requirements? Extremely minimal:

If you're a privately held company building a softwarebased product or service (even using open source code), in business for less than three years and have less than USD$1 million in annual revenue, you're in.

1. For complete eligibility requirements, please visit
http://www.microsoft.com/bizspark.

Microsoft is committed to the success of your Startup — and because spending money is the last thing you need to be doing when you’re just starting up, there’s no upfront cost to enroll.

2. Your participation in Microsoft BizSpark lasts as long as three years from the date of enrollment, unless you choose to exit the program early (or go public or are otherwiseacquired). Renewal in the program is annual. Microsoft will assess a USD$100 program offering fee when your Startup exits the program.

Microsoft® BizSpark™ benefits to entrepreneurial community organizations:

Advance innovation - Give software startups access to valuable technology-based benefits and cross-platform interoperability—at no cost to your organization.

  • Advance innovation - Give software startups access to valuable technology-based benefits and cross-platform interoperability—at no cost to your organization.
  • Build community - Connect with new, high-potential technology startups that are already a part of the Microsoft BizSpark software program.
  • Gain marketing visibility- Enjoy marketing exposure as a Microsoft partner via on Microsoft Web properties, podcasts, webcasts and newsletters; plus joint PR and marketing initiatives.


Microsoft BizSpark One seeks to accelerate the growth of high potential startups through a one-to-one relationship between Microsoft and the startup. In this unique, invite-only program, startups are paired with a dedicated relationship manager. This manager works with the startup to promote visibility, expand the startup’s network of investors and mentors, expose it to business opportunities, and develop cutting-edge applications. In some countries, BizSpark One goes a step further by forming Advisory Committees to help address common startup needs such as access to leading seed and venture capital organizations.

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Windows Azure Platform Benefits for BizSpark Members

Develop and deploy applications to the Windows Azure platform, an internet-scale cloud computing and services platform hosted in Microsoft data centers.

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Microsoft BizSpark offers a diverse range of business and technical training, including classroom training, e-learning, certification, Microsoft Press books, skills assessments, and more. Training courses are offered at no charge or at highly subsidized fees. Further, BizSpark startups also have access to a wide variety of training courses & training events offered locally through BizSpark Network Partners such as pitch competitions, and so on.