Microsoft BizSpark – Northern Ireland launch, March 12th 2009




Microsoft Bizspark - NI Launch

Date: 12th March

Time: 08.00-10.00am

Location: Malone House

Momentum is delighted to host a two hour breakfast briefing along with Invest NI and Microsoft for software companies and start-ups to focus on the key issues for software companies and the support which is available to fast track their development.

This event is being organised to launch the Microsoft BizSpark Programme in N.Ireland. Momentum has recently signed up as a Network Partner in this programme which is specifically designed to facilitate the development of promising technology start-ups."

Invest NI will discuss their new R&D programme which will assist companies to invest more in R&D. Invest Northern Ireland’s ‘Grant for R&D’, which is part funded by the European Regional Development Programme, will make it easier for companies to access financial support from the £50 million allocated by Invest NI, to promote investment in innovation-focused projects from 2008 to 2011.

Invest NI Speaker - Nigel Carr

Key note Speaker

Ronan Geraghty - A member of Microsoft Ireland's Developer and Platform Group, Ronan is primarily responsible for working with Software and Service vendors from Ireland and Northern Ireland. Ronan runs Microsoft's BizSpark Program aimed at delivering software, support and visibility to Ireland's tech Start-ups

About Microsoft Bizspark

Microsoft BizSpark provides entrepreneurs with fast and easy access to Microsoft software including development tools and server products with no upfront costs, it provides discounts on the purchase of Dell hardware and preferential rates from Internet hosters, enabling companies to get their products and services online faster and more cost effectively. In addition, BizSpark start ups receive professional support from Microsoft as well as community-driven support from a range of Network Partners. BizSpark companies will also have enhanced opportunities to interact with and meet those in the venture capital community who are actively seeking investment opportunities.

The Bizspark programme

Microsoft's BizSpark Programme is open to all tech start-up companies who are privately held, less than 3 years old and have less than $1m annual revenue developing a software product or service.

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08.00 - 08.30 -Breakfast and networking

08:30 - 08.35 -Short introduction from Momentum.

08:35 - 08.55 - Invest NI presentation on new R &D programme and support for early stage companies.

08.55 - 09.15 - Microsoft BizSpark programme - Ronan Geraghty.

09:15 - 09:25 – Chance to hear from a NI company already on the programme- Speaker TBC

09.25 - 09.40 - Discussion

Cost: Free

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