Every startup is unique. Regardless of where they reside or what platform and tools they use, our goal is simple – we aim to help early stage companies accelerate innovation and get their stuff in the hands of customers as quickly as possible.
With that in mind, today we are announcing an update to our BizSpark Plus program. Starting on July 1st, we will be offering $120,000/year of free Azure cloud services to qualified startups around the world.
To make this happen, we are partnering with over 150 startup accelerators in 47 countries including Techstars, ERA, MassChallenge, Seedcamp, and 1871. Check out the following video to hear what some of them had to say:
These organizations are in the trenches, providing the marketing and business support that early stage companies need to be successful. The offer expands our existing BizSpark Plus program which, in addition to open source friendly Azure, provides free software, developer tools, and technical support to help startups be successful.
We have spent a tremendous amount of time listening to better understand what startups need to be successful. From deeper support for open source technologies and tools on Azure to running and managing 7 accelerators in 7 countries, via our Microsoft Ventures programs, we’re taking the feedback to heart. If you’re interested in taking part in this program, we encourage you to reach out to your local accelerator to see if you qualify and visit Microsoft.com/startups to learn more about the program. You can also check out this video with more details on the offer.
Stay tuned for more from us soon.