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BizSpark is a Microsoft program that provides free Microsoft products - software design and development tools to qualifying software development business startups for 3 years. After the 3 years are over, it is possible to get the same benefits via a paid subscription.
BizSpark was established in 2008. More than 45,000 companies have joined BizSpark and it reaches across 100 countries. BizSpark helps businesses to have access to software development tools, connections to important industry players, and by providing marketing visibility in order to gain recognition. It also enables the user to have access to Windows Azure, which is a cloud platform for the creation of web applications and services. In order to be eligible for BizSpark, the startup company must develop software, be privately owned, less than five years old, and generate less than one million dollars in annual revenue. There is also no cost in order to join.
BizSpark qualified members are grouped into the following types:
- BizSpark startups
- BizSpark network partners
- BizSpark Plus partners
- BizSpark One companies
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