Microsoft hosted its first "BizSpark One Summit" at Mountain View, Calif., a program that offers Microsoft technologies and gives support to young companies pioneering new business and technologies.
BizSpark One is helpful for people starting new ventures because the program mitigates initial investments in software and technology infrastructure, costs that can be prohibitively expensive for new companies. David Ossip, CEO of BizSpark One startup Dayforce -- which provides services to companies that help streamline employee performance and efficiency -- says BizSpark One gave him and his company critical support in getting off the ground. "What BizSpark allowed us to do is take advantage of Microsoft toolset," explains Ossip. "Microsoft tools are the best."
Matthew Clark and other organizers also hope that the relationships the participants make at the conference will be lasting. His goal is that in 10 years these connections will still be intact, and the relationships will be strong. "The more vibrant and active the BizSpark One alumni network," says Clark, "the more valuable the program becomes to the startups in it."