Microsoft BizSpark Plus announced today is offering startups $60,000 worth of Windows Azure cloud-computing and storage services under a program working with startup accelerator TechStars.
"BizSpark Plus is an extension of the Microsoft BizSpark program, designed to accelerate the success of startups around the world. BizSpark Plus works through select incubators and accelerators such as TechStars to provide value-added products and services to high-potential startups," Microsoft stated.
There will be several offers from Microsoft through this program, the first being Windows Azure for BizSpark Plus, that will provide up to $60,000 in Windows Azure compute and storage to select startup accelerators and their startups at no cost. TechStars will be able to empower each of its startups with this Windows Azure offering over a 24-month period, at no cost.
"Our passion is helping startups succeed around the world by providing funding and mentorship from the best and brightest Internet entrepreneurs and investors on the planet. The enhanced relationship with Microsoft will allow us to provide our founders with even more valuable support and services," said David Cohen, founder and CEO of TechStars. "Access to technologies such as Windows Azure and other software and services from Microsoft through the BizSpark Plus program gives our companies a leg up in the all-encompassing race to scale and succeed."
In addition to offering this to TechStars, Microsoft is making this offer available to all founders whose accelerator is part of the Global Accelerator Network, a network of nearly 40 high-quality accelerators from around the world that follow a model similar to TechStars.
For more information about the program, visit BizSpark Plus website.