Microsoft Sparks Startups with BizSpark Plus

BizSpark Plus just got a whole lot better. Starting on July 1st the current BizSpark Plus offering will increase from $60,000 for one year of Azure cloud services to $120,000. We are partnering with top accelerators across the country to get this in the hands of early stage startups. Techstars, ERA, Seedcamp, 1871 and MassChallenge are part of over a 100 in 47 countries that partnering with the program.

These organizations are in the trenches, providing the marketing and business support that early stage companies need to be successful. The offer expands our existing BizSpark Plus program which, in addition to open source friendly Azure, provides free software, developer tools, and technical support to help startups be successful.  Check out the following video to hear what some of them had to say:

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Watch this video to learn more about the BizSpark program

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Here is the official release.

Win a trip to the 2015 Game Developers Conference!

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Ready. Set. //GameOn.

Win an all access pass and free trip to the 2015 Game Developer’s Conference!

Submit a game that runs on a Windows Platform by February 9th. We will select three teams as winners and provide them all-access passes and a travel stipend to attend GDC 2015.*

Learn more and sign up at http://aka.ms/GameOnInfo

Why should I participate?

The Game Developer Conference is the world’s largest and longest-running professionals-only games conference, where 24,000 interactive games amateurs, professionals and luminaries exchange ideas and shape the future of the industry each year. It’s your opportunity to get immersed in the world of the professional gaming industry, network, learn about the latest technologies, and create job opportunities for when you graduate. And of course, have a lot of fun.

Get started

  1. Build a game using at least one Microsoft platform (yes, desktop games count!). You can also port an existing one to the Microsoft platforms. We have tools and resources to help you do that!
  2. Fill out the submission form to enter the contest
  3. Get users to like your entry on Facebook toincrease your chances of winning. How? Once you have submitted your game to the contest, you will receive an email providing instructions on how to find a Facebook post about your submission posted by the //GameOn Contest Facebook page.

Learn more and sign up at http://aka.ms/GameOnInfo

*Offer good only in the 50 United States & D.C.” to Students enrolled in higher educational institutions..

Every Startup has a Story

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Small businesses are doing amazing things in communities across the country. Not only are their owners ambitious, passionate and incredibly driven people, but small businesses also are driving the resurgence of our economy. In fact, according to the SBA, SMBs are responsible for more than half of the nation’s jobs and account for 54 percent of U.S. sales. There are great stories behind every one of these small businesses, and Microsoft wants to hear them.

We’ve recently launched the Microsoft Small Business Contest for entrepreneurs and small business owners to share their experiences. From now until January 11, SMB owners can submit a two-minute video describing their beginnings, successes, or even challenges, for a chance to win $20,000. Check out the Microsoft For Work Facebook page for more details, and follow the conversation via Twitter using the hashtag #MSSmallBizContest.

Need inspiration for your video? Entrepreneur and small business expert Ramon Ray is rooting for you, watch this as well as our own video about the contest below.

 

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Breakfast Series - BizSpark

Breakfast Series: BizSpark for Startups and Small Business

Microsoft Corporation created the BizSpark program to support entrepreneurship and help startups grow their business. By providing founders with access to leading technology products, business and technical support, and market visibility, Microsoft is assisting young companies in their early years, when they need it most. Read more “Breakfast Series: BizSpark for Startups and Small Business”

Build an App and Your Biz!

It is easy when you are a large company to employ a technology department or hire an outside consulting firm to build you a mobile app. It is more difficult if you are a startup or small business. At times, the startups and small businesses do not have the luxury to outsource a build for an app. Even more, they might not have the time to do it. So how does a startup or small business build an app with no time, no money and little effort?

Welcome to Windows Phone App Studio!

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Add Your Windows Phone App to All Devices!

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If you followed my Windows Phone App Studio tutorial then you are well on your way to become an app developer. Windows Phone App Studio makes it easy to create an app for the WindowsPhone. But why not take that great app idea and make it available for more devices my making it a Windows 8 application. PC’s and Tablets can enjoy your app as well. Check out this video to see how you can enable your phone app to work across multiple devices.

Learn more at http://aka.ms/appstudioeducation

Windows App Studio Updated

Windows App Studio
Windows App Studio is an online tool that allows users to create Windows Phone and Windows 8 applications in a drag and drop environment. You can create simple fan type apps that consume resource from blogs or social sites like YouTube or Instagram or you can get a little fancier by using Data Collections. If you are real courageous you can export your project and have the full source code. Be sure to visit my tutorial to get some in depth help on using App Studio.

In the past few days the site and tool has been updated with new features and training options.

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