1. Startup Eligibility Requirements1: An eligible startup must have the following characteristics at the time of joining:
• Actively engaged in development of a software-based product or online service that will form a core piece of its current or intended business2,
• Privately held,
• In business for less than 3 years3, and
• Less than US $1 million in annual revenue4
Examples of BizSpark enabled products and online services:
a) A Rich Internet Application (RIA) where most of the application’s functions are hosted (either by the Startup or managed hosting services). For example, an application to help make airline reservations.
b) An application for a desktop or mobile phone. For example, a game.
c) A combination of a) and b) above, where local function is complemented by a hosted component. For example, an application that helps a user select a local restaurant which uses a GPS to locate the user and a hosted service to locate nearby restaurants.
Not Eligible: Dashboards, HTML editors, utilities, and similar technologies are not considered a primary service or application.
To be eligible to use the BizSpark software for production and deployment of hosted solutions under BizSpark, Startups must also be developing a new "software as a service" solution (on any platform) to be delivered over the Internet.
To meet this requirement, your software must:
Add significant and primary functionality to the Microsoft software.
Be owned, not licensed, by you.