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Startup companies given access to Microsoft BizSpark

05 November 2008

Microsoft BizSpark has been launched, a program designed to give young companies a boost at a time when credit and funding are more difficult to come by.

Announced this week by Microsoft at the Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco, the program targets early stage software startups, with resources including access to Microsoft platform software and development tools with no upfront costs.

The program will also provide access to technical support and marketing visibility from Microsoft, as well as support through a select group of network partners - industry associations, government agencies, university incubators and investors - chartered with advancing entrepreneurialism.

There are no upfront costs and minimal eligibility requirements. After 3 years, participants begin to pay the licensing fees.

The program is supported by a global network of organisations such as economic development agencies, university incubators, hosters and investors. These include the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA), European Business Angel Network (EBAN) and The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE). These organisations provide guidance, mentorship and resources to help drive startup success.

Startups can enroll in BizSpark through a Network Partner. If they are not already engaged with a Network Partner, they can go to www.microsoft.com/BizSpark .

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