Wharf42 Selected as a Microsoft BizSpark Partner

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Providing access to global BizSpark program will aid business connector in rapidly accelerating international growth

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The BizSpark program is aimed directly at the types of organisations Wharf42 works with and their ability to get companies plugged into the Silicon Valley ecosystem quickly and efficiently makes them a unique piece in the New Zealand tech start-up jigsaw

Wharf42, a Tauranga, New Zealand-based business connector focused on identifying high-potential NZ technology start-ups, getting them to Silicon Valley and plugging them into that region's vast technology ecosystem, announced its acceptance into the Microsoft BizSpark program as a Network Partner.

Wharf42 exists to help New Zealand tech start-ups overcome barriers to entry into the global technology marketplace, including the shortage of capital, development and commercial expertise constraints, difficulty in establishing long-term international connections and the lack of predictable and transparent engagement processes.

“We're pleased to have been recognized by Microsoft for our abilities and experience in supporting emerging technology companies,” said Brett Roberts, CEO of Wharf42. “BizSpark is an innovative program that will enable us to help New Zealand technology start-ups to rapidly compete internationally.”

“It’s great to have Wharf42 on-board as a BizSpark partner,” said Scott Wylie, Director Developer & Platform Group, Microsoft New Zealand Ltd.

“The BizSpark program is aimed directly at the types of organisations Wharf42 works with and their ability to get companies plugged into the Silicon Valley ecosystem quickly and efficiently makes them a unique piece in the New Zealand tech start-up jigsaw.”

BizSpark will be one cornerstone of the portfolio of services that Wharf42 offers to emerging technology companies who qualify for the program. To be eligible for the Microsoft BizSpark program, startups must be actively engaged in development of a software-based product or service 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.

“BizSpark helps software start-ups succeed by giving them access to software development tools, connecting them with key industry players, and providing marketing visibility,” added Thiago Almeida, Developer Evangelist, Microsoft New Zealand Ltd. “New Zealand has a very healthy tech start-up community and we look forward to working with Wharf42 to grow Kiwi businesses, get them offshore and help make them successful.”

About Wharf42
Wharf42 is a Tauranga, NZ based business connector focused on identifying high-potential NZ technology start-ups, rapidly deploying them to Silicon Valley and plugging them into Silicon Valley's vast business and funding ecosystems. http://www.wharf42.co.nz

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