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Microsoft pairs up with incubators to offer free cloud services

Microsoft pairs up with incubators to offer free cloud services
Microsoft New Zealand is offering Kiwi startups free cloud computing services through a new partnership with business incubators The Icehouse and Creative HQ as part of the BizSpark Plus programme.

Microsoft New Zealand is offering Kiwi startups free cloud computing services through a new partnership with business incubators The Icehouse and Creative HQ as part of the BizSpark Plus programme.
 

BizSpark Plus means both incubators can offer services to the value of $60,000 on the Windows Azure platform over two years, and a discounted subscription after that. The offer is an extension of the Microsoft BizSpark programme, which provides startups with free software and support services for three years.

Creative HQ chief executive Steve O’Connor said it was encouraging to see large companies like Microsoft investing in startups.
 
“Microsoft was a startup once and it can clearly see the value in nurturing today’s up and coming companies.”

Thiago Almeida, Microsoft developer evangelist, said The Icehouse and Creative HQ were the natural choice when Microsoft was looking for partners.

“The Icehouse and Creative HQ both have proven track records for producing world-class startups and we are excited at the opportunity to work together to help startups when they need it most – with  products, resources and connections."