In 2008 Microsoft launched BizSpark globally. It is a 3 year programme designed to support software development startups by offering a comprehensive array of the latest products that are aimed at facilitating growth and success. Participation gives members Visual Studio Ultimate and MSDN subscriptions at no cost. This includes access to over 900 products such as Microsoft Azure, Visual Studio, Windows Server and Windows 8. Everything you need to succeed, without the price tag.
The tools are just one aspect of the BizSpark approach. Members are also afforded access to Microsoft’s Azure cloud platform – eradicating the restrictive costs often associated with hosting servers and purchasing storage capacity as a small business.
It’s a package designed with technology start-ups in mind. Licensing and hosting fees can be difficult to honour when you’re starting out. Microsoft would like to give you the tools needed to build a business without the sleepless nights.
To qualify for BizSpark, you must be developing a software product or apps, your business must be privately held with a turnover of less than R5 million and you must be in business for less than 5 years. If that’s you go to www.bizsparksa.co.za to sign up.
To further enhance BizSpark, Microsoft South Africa has partnered with the Jobs Fund where we are identifying 600 of our most inspiring technology early stage businesses to invest in their growth and development. It’s a 360° view that centres on you, the startup. The cash invested into your businesses is channelled to engage experts to provide technology, technical and business support and builds a community that is focused on how you work, how you view the world and how you are getting out there to change it.
Microsoft BizSpark will be exhibiting at Cards & Payments Africa 2015- visit them at the show