RESEARCH TRIANGLE BUSINESS
ADVISORS SELECTED AS MICROSOFT BIZSPARK NETWORK PARTNER
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
“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
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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