Contrast Media Case Study and Interview

Continuing our series of profiles of New Zealand BizSpark companies, we have Contrast Media. Contrast Media have developed a Mobile Tagging solution named HardLink that uses Windows Azure and Microsoft Tag (or QR Codes). You can also find a video interview with Contrast Media Director, Dave Williams, at the Microsoft Spark New Zealand website.  Contrast…


Interview with BizSpark Network Partner, e-Centre

The latest in our continuing series of interviews with BizSpark start-ups and Network Partners has been posted on the Microsoft Spark New Zealand website. This time we are talking to Steve Corbett, CEO of the e-Centre in Albany.  A number of New Zealand BizSpark start-ups are located at the e-Centre (or are virtual residents). Who…


Litmos is a finalist for the NZ Hi-Tech Awards

Litmos, a start-up in the Microsoft BizSpark programme we profiled here, has been announced as a finalist in the New Zealand Hi-Tech Awards (in the “HiFx Innovative Service Product of the Year” category).   Congratulations to the team (Rich, Nicole and Daniel) at Litmos and good luck!


Litmos Case Study

As part of of our BizSpark promotional activities mentioned in my previous post, we’ve started highlighting local start-ups in the BizSpark programme. Our first case study and video was with Litmos, an online Learning Management System. Here is the case study: Litmos given a head start with BizSpark BIZSPARK CASE STUDY – LITMOS Providing companies…


BizSpark promotional activity

This month we’ve started doing some promotion of our three Spark programmes; DreamSpark, BizSpark and WebsiteSpark.  These are programmes created to help students, entrepreneurs, software start-ups, young web design companies and next Bill Gates’ get started. You might hear some radio advertising we are doing or you can have a look at our new one-stop…


Innovation Academy training for BizSpark start ups

If you are a member of our BizSpark programme for start ups and located in North Island from about Napier north, you probably have received an invitation to some Innovation Academy training next week. This training is designed for start up software businesses and goes beyond just technical training to include business and operations skills:…


WebSiteSpark joins the *Spark Family

Yesterday at PICNIC, Scott Guthrie announced the launch of another member of the family of programmes to help software entrepreneurs get started building their companies. WebSiteSpark is designed for small professional Web development and design companies (referred to as Web Pros) interested in adding proficiency on the Microsoft platform to their business credentials. The program…


Innovation Day for Independent Software Vendors

We would like to invite you to attend the first Innovation Day for ISVs to be held in Auckland. This is your opportunity to ‘get your feet on the ground, head in the clouds’ and connect with Microsoft New Zealand for a day of technical sessions, compelling discussions about the exciting future of the Microsoft…


BizSpark – Helping to ignite software start-ups

Today we launched a global programme known as BizSpark targeted at early stage software start-ups, with resources including access to Microsoft platform software and development tools with no upfront costs. The program will also provide access to technical support and marketing visibility from Microsoft, as well as support through a select group of network partners…