BizSpark is a Microsoft worldwide program that provides startups with affordable software tools and technologies for application development and solution hosting. The program is supported by local Microsoft representatives or champs, and delivered in partnership with the entrepreneur community or network partners. To find more information, visit http://www.microsoft.com/bizspark/ or http://www.microsoftstartupzone.com/
For Network Partners
BizSpark can help provide Startups in your organization fast access to valuable technology-based benefits, at no cost to your organization — a highly attractive offering that supports and advances innovation! Typical network partners include but are not limited to ventual firms, incubators, university incubators, technology councils and centers, business angels, investors, government agencies and entrepreneur organizations.
To become a network partner, contact your local Microsoft BizSpark champ. (If you are in the Washington DC area, please send me an email via the blog.)
For Technology Startups
BizSpark is uniquely designed to accelerate your success by providing fast, affordable access to current, full-featured Microsoft tools and technologies, plus production licensing for hosted solutions. For support, BizSpark unites a global community of technology and entrepreneurial experts who can guide you through the hurdles of growing a new business.
To be eligible for BizSpark, all of the following must be true. Your Startup:
§ Is in the business of software development,
§ Is privately held,
§ Has been in business for less than 3 years, and
§ Has less than US $1 million in annual revenue.To be eligible to use the software for production and deployment of hosted solutions Startups must also be developing a new “software as a service” solution (on any platform) to be delivered over the Internet.