Microsoft BizSpark Starts Up Startups

I became a Microsoft BizSpark Partner around the first of the year, because I felt it is a great opportunity to help promote other startup companies in getting software, licenses and tools that Microsoft offers for next to nothing. Recently, local involvement during the past couple of weeks has been worth a blog post. The background of BizSpark is this, 

  • Improve startup company success by providing MS Tools
  • Community Driven Support
  • Visibility to high-potential Startups

   To be eligible for BizSpark you need to be

  • engaged in development of software product or service which will serve as the foundation of your startup
  • privately held
  • been in business for less than 3 years
  • Less than $1 million in revenue annually

So this is it in a nutshell...After being with BizSpark for 3 years MS asks for a fee of $100 dollars, but you still keep all the software and licenses.

Most of the companies that have shown interest are young and consist of a couple of employees. Most of them I have never heard of or met the owners. Some are local and some are somewhat close however recently I am starting to see and hear from some familiar faces wanting to join. Individual people like me that are starting companies to take advantage of BizSpark. People I have known to always 'work for the man' are starting to branch out and take control of there development career! Contact me if I can help you join too.

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Posted by: BayerWhite
Posted on: 5/18/2009 at 2:49 AM
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