• Do you qualify for BizSpark?

    Your startup qualifies for BizSpark if you are:

    • Developing software or apps
    • Less than 5 years old and privately held
    • Making less than US$1M annually

Joining BizSpark is easy:

Get a Microsoft account.

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Sign in to join BizSpark.

You can create a new account or use an existing Microsoft account, but choose carefully. This account will be permanently tied to all your BizSpark activities.

Answer a few questions.

We just need some basic information about your startup to verify your eligibility. But don’t worry. It only takes a few minutes.

Your application is reviewed.

We know it’s hard to wait and we understand how anxious you are to join BizSpark. You will get a response from us within 5 business days.

Download! Build! Publish!

As soon as you’re approved, you can start downloading software & building apps. And, we’ll send you emails with helpful hints on how to take advantage of all BizSpark has to offer.

Don’t qualify for BizSpark?

Unfortunately, not everyone qualifies for BizSpark – you may be over 5 years old, making more than US$1M per year or perhaps you’re a designer or a consultant who isn’t developing software. Here are some other Microsoft programs and offers that might work for you:

Related Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I join BizSpark as a startup?

BizSpark is committed to helping technology startups realize their goals on their own terms and in the shortest amount of time. Through BizSpark, Microsoft's goals are to:

  • Help young and innovative software companies gain valuable experience and expertise in Microsoft technologies, with no upfront costs.
  • Help startups establish connections with local and global startup ecosystems - VCs, angels, incubators, entrepreneur associations, etc.
  • Stimulate vibrant local software ecosystems and promote innovation and interoperability.
  • Support the broadest possible startup audience in a way that complements their values and the organizations that support them.

Who is eligible for BizSpark?

Eligible startups must be:
  • Actively engaged in development of a software-based product or service that will form a core piece of its current or intended business*. To meet this requirement the software must:
    • Add significant and primary functionality to the integrated Microsoft software.
    • Be owned, not licensed by the Startup.
  • Privately held
  • In business for less than 5 years[1], and
  • Bringing in less than US$1 million in annual revenue[2]

Microsoft may permit individual developers or others and/or separate technology entities who may not meet the standard eligibility requirements to join BizSpark from time to time.

[1] Startups who are actively engaged in software development but have not yet completed the formalities of establishing a business.
[2] This requirement has been adjusted to add local variances calibrated to local economic conditions in the startup’s place of business, below. If a startup's place of business is not listed below, then the revenue limit is US$1 million. US$750,000 China; US$500,000 Korea, Malaysia, Poland, Russia, Spain, Ukraine; US$250,000 Egypt, Thailand, Turkey, and Vietnam

*Not eligible for BizSpark
  • If you are developing dashboards, HTML editors, utilities, website, and similar technologies that are not considered primary service or application.
  • If you are a consultant.

Can my company join BizSpark if we do both software development and IT services?

Yes. However, you have to provide a clear description of your software development and how that forms a core part of your business. If the core business is focused on IT service or computer repair, then you won’t qualify.

How long does it take to review my application? I thought it was an immediate enrollment.

Though we receive thousands of applications from around the world every month, we are committed to reviewing and validating the information you provide us within a week.

To expedite processing, please include in your application a clear description of your company's software development projects, and complete as many optional fields as possible. For additional questions, email BizSpark support.