Microsoft is lending a helping hand to entrepreneurs. The technology company announced this week its Microsoft BizSpark program will be included in Startup America Partnership“™s software offerings.
“Microsoft is an entrepreneurial company at heart, and we recognize that today’s startups are tomorrow’s customers and partners,” said Dan’l Lewin, corporate vice president for strategic and emerging business development at Microsoft. “We look forward to welcoming thousands of new companies to the Microsoft BizSpark program, and we’re pleased that our U.S.-based members will have access to the growing resources offered through the Startup America Partnership.”
The Startup America Partnership was created by a group of entrepreneurs seeking to inspire and assist other entrepreneurs. The partnership works with the U.S. government to help startups succeed by connecting fledgling businesses with cost-effective tools and services, training and mentoring.
“Microsoft has been a longstanding and active participant in the entrepreneurial community and has formidable assets to contribute to the success of the Startup America Partnership,” said Carl Schramm, president and CEO of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and founding board member of the Startup America Partnership. “Thousands of young entrepreneurs and technology companies have already benefited from its programs.”
Microsoft“™s BizSpark will give participating companies free access for three years to Microsoft“™s software portfolio. Startups can use the program to develop its own software products.