Microsoft has announced it will be now be offering $120,000/year of free Azure cloud services to qualified startups around the world through its BizSpark Plus program. The offer expands Microsoft’s existing BizSpark Plus program, which until this July only offered $60,000/year worth of free cloud services to its members.
Beginning July 1, 2015, qualifying companies will now receive $10,000 worth of Azure credits each month or a total amount of $120,000 for the entire year to power their business. Members will be able to benefit from the productivity, security, analytics, and scalability provided by Azure in order for them to quickly build and grow their businesses.
To make this expansion possible, Microsoft has partnered with over 150 of the world’s top accelerators in 47 countries, including Microsoft BizSpark Plus partner, IdeaSpace.
Through the years BizSpark has provided startups around the world, through their partner accelerators, access to Microsoft cloud services, software, support and visibility. In the Philippines alone, over 948 high potential startups are being supported by the Microsoft BizSpark Program.
On top of Azure, BizSpark members are entitled to free access to other software and tools such as Visual Studio and Office, hundreds of training courses, and exclusive BizSpark offers. By becoming a BizSpark member, startups can also connect themselves to a community of startups, incubators and technical advisors who can provide advice for their business. The program also has Go-To-Market programs to help startups gain visibility and uncover opportunities. Members can also opt to become part of the Microsoft Partner Network to gain access to customers and other benefits.
Startups who are interested in this program are encouraged to reach out to IdeaSpace or Microsoft Philippines to see if they qualify. Visit Microsoft.com/startups to learn more about the program.
“At Microsoft, we strive to create real impact for our country by harnessing the power of technology. With programs like BizSpark, we aim to provide our local startups with access to technologies and trainings that they need. Filipinos are talented and if given the marketing and business support, they can accelerate innovation and quickly develop breakthrough products that have the potential to transform our community,” said Joel Garcia, Director for Developer Experience and Evangelism.