- Global Program Fosters the Success of Innovative Startups Committed to Microsoft’s Platform Technologies.


CARY, NC – Nov 5, 2008 – Research Triangle Business Advisors (RTBA) today announced that it has been selected to join the Microsoft BizSpark Program as a Network Partner. The BizSpark Program is a new global program designed to accelerate the success of early stage Startups by connecting them to Network Partners: active members of the global software ecosystem who can provide coaching, mentorship, guidance and resources to BizSpark Startups. BizSpark creates an ongoing, mutually beneficial ecosystem between Microsoft, Startups and Network Partners.

“This is an amazing opportunity for any startup struggling with the overlapping challenges of fulfilling the technology needs for development, while managing limited funds in a pre-revenue company” according to Rich Kramarik, Managing Partner – Research Triangle Business Advisors.

Microsoft is committed to helping entrepreneurs transform their ambitions into sustainable, dynamic businesses and to foster innovation and entrepreneurialism. To this end, the BizSpark Program provides Startups with software, support and visibility at a time when they are most valuable and least affordable—during their first three years, with no upfront costs and minimal requirements.

“As a provider of key support services to startups, Research Triangle Business Advisors is uniquely positioned to help us accelerate the success of early stage startups in North Carolina. Their solid reputation as executive coaches/mentors and ability to help companies eliminate roadblocks to success complement the objectives of this effort. We are pleased to have them be an integral part of this exciting new program, as a BizSpark Network Partner” says Cliff Reeves, General Manager - Microsoft Emerging Business Team.

BizSpark gives Startups fast and easy access to Microsoft’s current full-featured development tools, platform technologies as well as production licenses to bring to market innovative and interoperable solutions for the next generation of user experiences. 

To be eligible for the Microsoft BizSpark Program, Startups must be actively engaged in development of a software-based product, service, or technology platform that is a core piece of their business model, have been in business less than three years, and have less than USD$1M in revenue. Startups may enroll for the program by obtaining sponsorship from a designated BizSpark Network partner. “RTBA is proud to be a local designated partner and will continue to provide startups with a variety of support services, including sponsorship in the BizSpark program,” says Bob De Contreras, Managing Partner – Research Triangle Business Advisors.

About Research Triangle Business Advisors
As business advisors, we have been helping executives and entrepreneurs launch and/or operate successful businesses for the past five years with a primary emphasis on sales, marketing, strategic focus, business planning and executive coaching. The Research Triangle Business Advisors (RTBA) partners have each been helping their respective companies, co-workers, and clients for over 30 years with an approach that has become the first priority of our company – we are here to help people succeed. The RTBA partners have a unique and comprehensive skill-set especially attuned to the needs of independent businesses - we help small to medium-sized businesses eliminate the roadblocks to success.


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