Microsoft announced it will begin offering free software and online services to certain tupes of startups. The program, dubbed BizSpark, will be rolled out in 82 countries starting today.
The program targets early stage software startups, with resources including access to Microsoft platform software and development tools with no upfront costs. The program will also provide access to technical support and marketing visibility from Microsoft, as well as support through a select group of network partners – industry associations, government agencies, university incubators and investors – chartered with advancing entrepreneurialism.
Microsoft is also launching the BizSpark DB where they will promote startups that are developing innovative software applications, offering visibility with an audience of potential investors, clients, partners and peers. Startups must enroll in BizSpark through a Network Partner. If they are not already engaged with a Network Partner, they can go to Microsoft.com/BizSpark and find one or get connected with a designated Microsoft Employee who can help them enroll.