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Yes, I am a member of the Microsoft BizSpark program since last 8 months.
And we are just a two person team[^]. So number of person on the team doesn't matter.
Following are the main conditions to enter in the program.
- You need a officially registered company in your country.
- Your team size should be less than 10 people. (counting everyone - non tech people - full time accountant, everyone)
- Your company must be less than 3 years old.
- Your company must be earning less than a million dollar a year.
- You should have a decent product / concept.
You could find a BizSpark network partner in your area. or let me know if you need an introduction / reference. I would be happy to introduce you to the BizSpark team. And after that you can submit your application for a review.
Here are[^] some of the benefits, which I find most valuable.
Yes, that's a good idea. Because this is not an automated process (which I was hoping), you will have to interact with a real person back and forth. So you need your idea / concept materialized in a presentable form. (They also do not care about your funding status or office space. In-fact if you are looking for funding they also have Microsoft Ventures, and if you are looking for an office space they also have BizSpark Incubation Centers.)
In our case I had the product ready using the 'express editions' of Visual Studio and SQL Server, and a 6 months trial of Windows Server (Crazy!). I was just looking for the 1500 Hrs. of Windows Azure Free Hosting per Month (it's even better now, they give us $150.00 monthly credit). So instead of submitting a business plan, executive summary and other documents, I just gave them 'demo account' login info, and we get selected within few hours.
But I remember, they asked me why I am not approaching them using any network partner (which I had no idea at that time, that there are incubator programs and BizSpark evangelists in my area). so I just told them I didn't know anyone who can reference me.
I attempted to get in but was totally unprepared and rightly rejected, you are doing the right thing getting as much preparation as possible. Make it easy for them to approve you, have all your info ready before starting.
Never underestimate the power of human stupidity