I hear Microsoft is offering help to startups. What sort of program do they offer?

QUESTION:

I hear Microsoft is offering help to startups. What sort of program do they offer?

ANSWER:

The program is called BizSpark and it’s under the Microsoft Startup Zone.

Microsoft really has its act together when it comes to helping startups.  We are thoroughly impressed.  BizSpark seems too good to be true… free software, free support, free business referrals.  It is true, and you shouldn’t hesitate to sign up if you plan on using any Microsoft technology or software at all.

Here’s some of what they offer:

  • Software. Receive fast and easy access to current full-featured Microsoft development tools, platform technologies, and production licenses of server products for immediate use in developing and bringing to market innovative and interoperable solutions. There is no upfront cost to enroll.
  • Support. Get connected to Network Partners around the world — incubators, investors, advisors, government agencies and hosters — that are equally involved and vested in software-fueled innovation and entrepreneurship who will provide a wide range of support resources.
  • Visibility. Achieve global visibility to an audience of potential investors, clients and partners As a Microsoft BizSpark member, you’ll be tapping into a rich, vibrant ecosystem of peers, partners and support resources around the globe, helping you grow and succeed. Microsoft BizSpark is the quickest way to get your Startup fired up.
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