Microsoft BizSpark is a program designed to give Microsoft software to software development start-ups for free. If you’re creating software you are an entrepreneur; you are investing time and sometimes money to create software and get it in front of users. Entrepreneurs are startups – new companies, even if it’s only as a sole proprietor. And for software startups, Microsoft has BizSpark.
Check out Bret Stateham's excellent tutorial on enrolling in BizSpark. Bret covers the steps required to enroll, as well as easy to follow instructions on activating your Microsoft Azure and Windows Store Developer benefits.
First, you get access to a Visual Studio Ultimate MSDN subscription. Through MSDN you can claim keys and download installers/iso images for a massive amount of Microsoft software.
Depending on your startup, you may be more interested in the Azure credits.
You also get access to Microsoft evangelists. We'll help with networking and exposure where we can. We host office hours that can discuss anything from a technical issue to monetization strategies. In short, we're here to help you.
Microsoft believes that by helping startups succeed we’re helping to build a valued long-term partnership. Together we can build a more vibrant global software economy. BizSpark helps startups by providing access to Microsoft software when you most need it and can least afford it
Nope. We want to reduce your costs and accelerate your business.
We've got your Windows & Unix needs covered with Windows Server 2008 & 2012, Ubuntu, CentOS & SUSE which can all be easily and automatically deployed in minutes from the Virtual Machine gallery. Need a full stack or different OS? Check out vmdepot.msopentech.com a community driven catalog of preconfigured operation systems, applications and development stacks.
Your apps probably have web components or backends that power them. You can leverage Microsoft Azure Mobile Services as a Backend-as-a-Service to power your mobile app. Add structured storage, user authentication and push notifications to your Windows Store, Windows Phone 8, Android or iOS app in minutes. Turn your user generated data into an API. There are tons of interesting scenarios.
Do you host a website? You can take advantage of BizSpark.
If you’re developing a multiplayer game, Azure can help you here.
If you're developing cross-platform mobile games, look at Microsoft Azure Mobile Services to help with identity & push notifications.
The BizSpark program does not require that you move over your production environments to Azure. Obviously, we believe strongly that Azure can help you. Your BizSpark Azure benefit is yours to use however you choose.
There’s no other way to say this except that you have at least $150/month of Azure benefits available to you. If you’re not convinced, we encourage you to utilize our cloud platform for QA, dev, or even basic website hosting. Use these credits to offset cost. We trust that our product will speak for itself.
With your Microsoft Azure benefits that are included in BizSpark you can easily and quickly setup a website using .NET, PHP, node.js or use the Wizard to setup a site running Wordress, Drupal, Umbraco, .DotNetNuke, DasBLog and more!
Managing a lot of data w/ escalating costs? Your startup may be eligible for our Microsoft Azure 60k Offer.
We do too!
Seriously. Odds are you’re able to run your stack, no matter what it is on Azure.
You keep them. Forever!
There is a graduation process that occurs when you’ve been in the BizSpark program for 1 year or if you reach $1 million in annual revenue before then. It consists of answering some questions and providing feedback. Do that and you get to keep every key for full commercial use.
You have a vague Website or no website at all. Your website is one of the primary ways the BizSpark team validates your startup. If it's not clear what you do and what you are building, you will likely get denied. If you're in "stealth mode", connect with a Microsoft evangelist to get your code.
Are you consulting? Companies that otherwise seemingly meets the requirements but who's company is focused on consulting (building software for clients) are not eligible for BizSpark. You must be building your own technical IP/software/apps as the primary business of your startup.