In the emerging markets we are seeing an increase in the start-ups which are being formed. Many become successful and many fail! Most start ups always have an idea of what they want to do but they often lack the technical skills and right market.
The success and failure of any start-up depends mainly on the two things: Business Model and Workforce. What if you could get technical support directly from Microsoft?
Microsoft supports startups, web professionals and students via three major programs known as BizSpark, WebsiteSpark and DreamSpark program respectively.
Microsoft Bizspark program provides all the resources software ,support and market visibility to the startups who are less than 3 years old and have a turnover of less than $1million. In simple words, if you are a software developer, application developer, service provider, etc than you can have all the software which are required for development, from Microsoft along with the training material, which are provided either free of cost or at a highly subsidized price.
The main advantage is that startups get MSDN subscription with Windows Azure at no cost. BizSpark also helps a startup in terms of the market visibility. They also get a chance to interact with the other companies with whom they can partner.
Microsoft WebsiteSpark program is designed for professional designers and developers who aims to make better and efficient websites. Microsoft provides software, support and business opportunities at no cost for the period of 3 years. Software which are provided are Visual Studio, Expression Studio, Windows Web Server 2008 and SQL server 2008 R2 . They get opportunities to interact with other companies and recieve training and development.
Microsoft DreamSpark is a unique program which is specially designed for the academia.Students can download the free software from the DreamSpark site at free of cost. They just need to verify themselves either by using dreamspark key or by urging their college to get themselves registered with it. It also has some interesting training courses powered by PluralSight.
So if you are a technology startup and need some support, you know know where to head for!