Microsoft BizSpark is a global program designed to accelerate the success of early stage Startups. BizSpark provides entrepreneurs fast and easy access to current full-featured Microsoft development tools and productions licenses of server products, with no upfront costs and minimal requirements.
Visit the Microsoft BizSpark website.
Eligibility requirements are minimal: If you're a privately held company building a software-based product or service (even using open source code), in business for fewer than three years, and with less than USD$1M in annual revenue, you're in!
How to enroll
To enroll, you must be sponsored by a BizSpark Network Partner, such as Informatics Ventures. If you have a connection with Informatics Ventures or would like to collaborate with Informatics at Edinburgh or SICSA you can register with Informatics Ventures as your Network Partner. If you are interested in benefiting from the Microsoft BizSpark programme with Informatics Ventures as your Network Partner fill in the questionnaire and if you are a suitable partner for us we will send you your enrollment code. Please email djcr [at] ed [dot] ac [dot] uk (David Richardson) if you have any questions.
Once you have your enrollment code, joining BizSpark is fast and easy. No payment or credit card information is required, and there are no upfront costs. (Microsoft will assess a USD$100 program offering fee at the end of participation in the program, or the end of three years, whichever comes first.)