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Are you a startup organization?  Perhaps your the next greatest Silverlight control vendor or have a great app?  I want to help.  If you’re a Silverlight startup (or any startup really for that matter), reach out to me.  If you haven’t heard of BizSpark yet, you’re potentially missing out.

If you meet the following criteria:

  • privately held company
  • in business less than 3 years
  • generate less than USD $1 million in revenue

you may qualify to get access to production licenses for development tools, platform products and server licenses for immediate use.  Take advantage of this and the Web Platform Installer to jumpstart your biz.  Read the details about BizSpark here: How BizSpark Works.

I’m one of the BizSpark Champs and want to help our startups out there – no matter what you are doing – be successful quickly.  Obviously I’d love to see some Silverlight/RIA goodness, so if you’re in that camp, be sure to let me know!  You can reach out to me via my contact information to start a dialogue.

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Remember DreamSpark, the program for students in higher education to get access to the developer tools and platforms from Microsoft at no charge?  How about some love for individuals in startup organizations trying to create the next great innovation in technology as a service, an application, some Silverlight love perhaps :-)?

Done.

A new program has just launched for startups.  From the site it is described as:

Microsoft® BizSpark™ is a global program designed to help accelerate the success of early stage startups by providing key resources when they need it the most:

  • Software. Receive fast and easy access to current full-featured Microsoft development tools, platform technologies, and production licenses of server products for immediate use in developing and bringing to market innovative and interoperable solutions. There is no upfront cost to enroll.
  • Support. Get connected to Network Partners around the world — incubators, investors, advisors, government agencies and hosters — that are equally involved and vested in software-fueled innovation and entrepreneurship who will provide a wide range of support resources.
  • Visibility. Achieve global visibility to an audience of potential investors, clients and partners
    As a Microsoft BizSpark member, you’ll be tapping into a rich, vibrant ecosystem of peers, partners and support resources around the globe, helping you grow and succeed. Microsoft BizSpark is the quickest way to get your Startup fired up.

Source: http://www.microsoftstartupzone.com/BizSpark/Pages/At_a_Glance.aspx

So what do you get as benefits in the program?

    • All the software included in the Microsoft® Visual Studio® Team System Team Suite (VSTS) with MSDN® Premium subscription
    • Expression® Studio Version 2
    • VSTS Team Foundation Server (standard edition)
    • Production use rights to host a “software as a service” solution (developed during participation in the BizSpark Program, on any platform) over the Internet, with regard to products including:
      • Microsoft Windows Server® (all versions up to and including Enterprise)
      • Microsoft SQL Server® (all versions)
      • Microsoft Office SharePoint® Portal Server
      • Microsoft System Center
      • Microsoft BizTalk® Server

There are key requirements for qualifying, so be sure to read about them.

To qualify for BizSpark, your startup 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[1],
  • Privately held,
  • In business for less than 3 years[2], and
  • Generating less than USD $1 million in annual revenue[3].

To be eligible to use the software for production and deployment of hosted solutions, startups must also be developing a new "software as a service" solution (on any platform) to be delivered over the Internet. Source: http://www.microsoftstartupzone.com/BizSpark/Pages/Do_I_Qualify.aspx

You can read all about the program details on the BizSpark information site.  So if you are a startup and looking to accelerate, take a look at this program.  It looks like the BizSpark team is also creating BizSparkDB, a center for startups to be profiled and visible.

What are you waiting for?  See if you qualify and then enroll!