For the past few days I have been trying and failing to get onto Microsoft's BizSpark program. I left my day job and incorporated last week and am now setting up my development machines. I really want to get BizSpark as soon as possible to avoid unnecessary expense or compromises with my toolset. I had thought this would be one of the easier steps of starting up.
Can anyone give me some tips for being accepted by this program? I have used a few services so far, only one of which is a BizSpark Network partner:
- HSBC business banking - a BS Network Partner
- a university science park for space in their incubator
- Companies Made Simple (for incorporation)
- various PC component and hardware suppliers
I have no need for any of the other partners' services at this time. So far I've tried applying once via HSBC and twice direct to Microsoft. I just get the standard rejection letter.
I have a company website (on an appropriate .com domain) with email addresses at the same domain. The website is a placeholder since we're not announcing our products widely at the moment. I have described our planned products in the application (or at least as well as one can in 500 words).
I would be very grateful to hear from UK companies who've been through this process or from anyone who can give me a contact at BizSpark in the UK. Alternatively if Microsoft is listening and can help me directly, that's even better!