This tutorial walks you through the enrollment process of BizSpark then activating the included Microsoft Azure benefit.
Who can join BizSpark?
Startup company who is developing software - website, apps,...etc- and making less than US$ 1M annually in addition, it's founded no more than 5 years ago.
What info do you need to start the process?
- Company Email
- Company Website
- MSDN Accounts for your team members. (up to 5 developers)
- You can get up to $750 per month of FREE Azure cloud services for 3 years. ($150 per month for each developer)
- Free software and tools such as Visual Studio, Office and Windows.
- Windows Store Account.
- Technical Support from Microsoft DX Technical Evangelists.
01/ Navigate to http://www.bizspark.com/ and select "Join BizSpark"
02/ If you have an email @outlook/live/Hotmail, click on "Step 2". Otherwise, click on "Step 1".
03/ Sign in using your email @outlook/live/Hotmail
04/ Fill the form and make sure to choose your country. If you got an enrollment code from any of Microsoft representatives, make sure to write it.
05/ Agree to BizSpark EULA
06/ By completing the previous step, we have 2 scenarios:
- In case you used an enrollment code that directly enrolls you in the program, your BizSpark account will be active immediately
- Otherwise, your application will be reviewed then you will be enrolled.
07/ Once you are enrolled and your BizSpark account becomes active, login using your email @outlook/live/Hotmail then click on "My Benefits".
08/ Scroll down till you find "Microsoft Azure Benefit for BizSpark (via MSDN)", then click on "My Account". This will direct you to your MSDN account immediately but sometimes you may need to log in using your email and activate your MSDN membership.
09/ Once you navigate to your MSDN subscription, click on "My Account" then scroll down till you find "Microsoft Azure" and click on "Activate Microsoft Azure".
10/ Fill the form and make sure you select your country. You need to verify your mobile number whether by SMS or Call in order to be able to sign up for Microsoft Azure account.
11/ Once you click Sign Up, you will be directed to the page below. It takes up to 4 minutes to have your Azure account ready.
12/ After creating your account, you will be directed to the page below that means you successfully created your Azure account using BizSpark Benefit.
Adding Team Members (5 Developers = 5 MSDN Accounts = 5 Azure Accounts = $750 on Azure per Month)
01/ Navigate to http://www.bizspark.com/ and click on "My BizSpark".
02/ Scroll down till you find "Manage" the click on "add or delete members"
03/ Click "Add"
04/ Write the First Name, Last Name and email of the team member you want to add then click on "True" button.
05/ Once you are done, an email invitation will be sent to the team member you just added.
06/ This email contains a link as shown below that should be clicked by the invited member to join.
07/ The link will direct the invited member to the page shown below, he/she should sign in using the same email used through the invitation process.
08/ The invited member should complete the form shown below then click "Next"
09/ Then agree to the EULA
10/ On reaching this step, the invited member is now part of BizSpark and can access Azure Benefit through the MSDN account following the same steps explained in the previous section.
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