BizSpark - benefits vs risks


We are a small company started a year ago. Our first planned product is a spa management software and we are tending to develop it as an ERP for both service and sales oriented businesses. But soon we realized that the software cannot be done with Visual Studio Express. So we are thinking of applying for Microsoft BizSpark program. So, my questions are,

  • After three years of usage, what if we did not get enough profit to buy a license?
  • Is it compulsory to buy an MSDN Ultimate subscription after three years?
  • What are BizSpark Netwrok partners? Is there any difference between applying through them and applying directly to Microsoft?
  • Is there any risk factors in this program that I have to concern about?
  • Getting Started Microsoft Bizspark

    asked Nov 28 '13 at 19:41
    Abhinandan N.M.
    13 points
    • Did you go look for this information on the bizspark website? – Tim J 5 years ago
    • We're using BizSpark for our startup and it's quite a great platform. From my understanding, no obligation to purchase anything after your 3 years is up. Also, I think you can now _only_ apply via a Network partner. – Carl 5 years ago

    2 Answers


    • You can use BizSpark for 3 years for FREE.
    • Then you could either buy the licenses, or stop using the software provided by Microsoft.
    • For you it's doesn't matter whether to apply through the partners, or directly.
    • I dont' see anything to concern. Microsfot just helps small business for 3 years, and if it helps, most of applicants then buy th elicenses as they earned profit and would like to continue using the same software platform.
    answered Dec 1 '13 at 06:58
    Dmitry Pavlov
    126 points


    If you are predominantly using Microsoft products, then BizSpark is a great program.

    There is no requirement for you to pay anything at the end of the three years, you get to use the software for free, and you get $150 per month to spend on Azure.

    It is not necessary to go through a partner; I was accepted into the program two weeks ago by submitting my details myself.

    answered Dec 1 '13 at 21:03
    1 point

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