Microsoft is a Global Technology Sponsor of Startup Weekend, and Microsoft New Zealand adds local sponsorship to support kiwis working in this space. In doing so we can help to foster a stronger technology ecosystem, not to mention the positive impact that this has in terms of raising New Zealand’s profile! Besides the sponsorship, we will be present at Auckland Startup Weekend and have Nigel Parker, Director of Development & Platform Evangelism in New Zealand, participating as a mentor to offer his startup expertise and business insight.
Another way that Microsoft supports technology startups, in New Zealand and abroad, is through Microsoft BizSpark. More than 500 Kiwi startups have joined the programme: Pingar, GreenButton, Find.ly, TranscribeMe and Timely are just a few startups that have enjoyed our support through BizSpark.
This program is designed to give young companies a boost at a time when credit and funding are difficult to come by. It targets early-stage software startups, and provides no-cost access to all of the popular Microsoft software and services you’ll need to create and run your solutions – including developer tools like Visual Studio and cloud hosting benefits on Windows Azure. The program also provides access to technical support and marketing visibility from Microsoft, as well as support through a select group of network partners.
We are hosting a pre-event at Microsoft on Friday the 10th of May at Microsoft to talk to you about Windows 8. If you are attending to Startup Weekend, spend the afternoon with us then walk down to Startup Weekend.
All attendees will have the opportunity to be fast-tracked into the BizSpark programme during the weekend. We’re looking forward to continuing the dialogue, and we look forward to work with many more exciting startups. See you there!