BizSpark Graduation

Startups who are members of Microsoft BizSpark can access and download a wide range of Microsoft software during the three years they are in the program. BizSpark Startups who are coming up to the end of their three years in the program want to know:

What happens at the end of three years in BizSpark?

The graduation process opens 3 months prior to your graduation date. You will be sent an email inviting you to complete it before your graduation date. Complete the graduation process to get:


Once you complete the graduation process, you will get a license to keep, at no charge, most of the software you downloaded during the three years you were in the BizSpark program.

However, because all versions of Visual Studio 2013 and later now require you to sign in using a Microsoft account associated with an active MSDN subscription, startups will need to renew their MSDN subscription for each user running Visual Studio after graduation. If you decide not to renew your subscription, you can still use Visual Studio Community and Visual Studio Code which are free.

If you have servers in production, you will get licenses to continue to use up to 4 Windows Servers (Standard Edition) and 2 SQL Servers (Standard Edition). The BizSpark team will review requests for startups who need a different configuration.


Completing the graduation process will give you access to LIMITED TIME DISCOUNT OFFERS to purchase* a subscription and/or maintenance to continue to access Visual Studio and keep your software updated for two years:

DISCOUNTED MSDN SUBSCRIPTIONS: renew your Visual Studio with MSDN Subscription at the Professional or Enterprise level enabling you to continue to access Visual Studio, download the latest software, access MSDN technical support and utilize the monthly Microsoft Azure platform benefits at no cost for two years.

DISCOUNTED SOFTWARE ASSURANCE: if you have servers in production, you can purchase the first two years of Software Assurance at a 50% discount, enabling you to access ongoing maintenance and upgrade your servers when a new version is released.

* Discounted MSDN Subscriptions and Software Assurance Offers are available (login required). Offers are available up to 3 months after your graduation date and upon completion of the graduation process.