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:
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!
Well you should probably get to be friends with your local Microsoft DEs (Developer Evangelists). They are always your best one stop shop for getting connected with any Microsoft programs like BizSpark as well as general support/help with MS tools.
Here is a link to MSDN that has the current UK DEs: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-gb/ff978915 As for BizSpark it looks like a lady by the name of Bindi Karia is the current head of the UK BizSpark by looking at this blog: http://www.bizspark.com/Blogs/united_kingdom/default.aspx. So if you hit a wall with help from the DEs then maybe try connecting to her directly, but do work with your DEs first. They are very helpful resources to get to know.