Accepting Applications for Microsoft BizSpark Program for Startups

As part of the AfriLabs partnership with Microsoft 4Afrika, BongoHive became a BizSpark Network Partner, as an AfriLabs member. Thus, the Startup community of BongoHive and the bigger startup community of Zambia are invited to join the program and benefit from it to boost their businesses.The BizSpark program was launched in 2008 around the world to support startups by providing software, support, and visibility. Today the BizSpark network has 50,000 startups in 100+ countries, and 2500 partners.It is a free program offering:

Full-featured Microsoft software development tools, platform technologies, and server products to build software applications. Startups also get Windows Azure benefits enabling them to quickly build, deploy & manage web application. More info online
Startups get access to investors, advisors and valuable offers to help run their business, find talent and obtain financing. Startups also get access to technical, product
training & support.
Opportunity to achieve marketing visibility to help promote their business. They can be nominated to be Featured Startups at the worldwide level and get global visibility.

Eligibility Criteria:
– Privately held. In business for less than 5 years
– Having at least one software development project
– Having a revenue less than $1M.
The duration of the program is three years. Please visit the BizSpark F.A.Q. and consult the fact sheet for additional information.

If you are eligible for this program, send an email to lukonga[a] in order to join the program.

Over 1000 African startups joined BizSpark since its launch. Here are some testimonials from Nigeria, Uganda and Tunisia: