Microsoft BizSpark

Microsoft BizSpark is a global program designed to help accelerate the success of software startups. BizSpark provides entrepreneurs with Software, Support and Visibility:

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Get fast and easy access to current, full-featured Microsoft development tools, platform technologies and production licenses of server products to design, develop, test and bring to market your software application. For those familiar with Microsoft Products, BizSpark includes access and licenses to most of the software included in an MSDN Ultimate Subscription.

Here’s a sample list of the software you have access to:

ASP.NET: technology for building dynamic web applications.

Windows Server: all editions of our server operating system.

SQL Server: all editions of our database server software.

Expression Studio: tools for designing and building web and Windows client applications and rich media content.

Visual Studio: a comprehensive suite of development tools designed to help software developers create innovative, next-generation applications.

Windows: the latest and legacy Windows operating systems.

In addition, BizSpark Startups have access to Microsoft’s Cloud Computing Platform:
Windows Azure

Develop and deploy applications to the Windows Azure platform, an internet-scale cloud computing and services platform hosted in Microsoft data centers. Windows Azure offers a simple, comprehensive, and powerful platform for the creation of web applications and services.


Receive two technical support incidents per startup. Each incident is managed by Microsoft until they are resolved, no matter how many calls it takes.

Receive access to MSDN Ultimate managed newsgroups, online library, and so on.

Get connected to one of over 2000 BizSpark Network Partners around the world—incubators, investors, advisors, government agencies, and hosters—that are equally involved and vested in software-fueled innovation and entrepreneurship, and who will provide a wide range of support resources, including expert mentoring.

Receive business development and technical training at highly subsidized costs or in many cases, no costs.


Startups have the opportunity to achieve global visibility to an audience of potential investors, customers, and partners by profiling their company in, BizSpark Connect, the virtual networking hub that enables them to find each other and post offers and events. Startups may also have the opportunity to be highlighted as a Featured Startup on


To qualify for BizSpark, your Startup must be:
  • Developing Software
  • Privately held
  • Less than 5 years old
  • Making Less than US $1 million in annual revenue*

**This requirement has been adjusted to add local variances calibrated to local economic conditions in the startup’s place of business, below. If a Startups’ place of business is not listed below, then the revenue limit is US $1 million.
USD $750,000 China
USD $500,000 Korea, Malaysia, Poland, Russia, Spain, Ukraine
USD $250,000 Egypt, Thailand, Turkey, Vietnam

Windows Azure Platform Benefits for BizSpark Members

Develop and deploy applications to the Windows Azure platform, an internet-scale cloud computing and services platform hosted in Microsoft data centers.

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