Eligible startups must be:
- Actively engaged in development of a software-based product or service that will form a core piece of its current or intended business*. To meet this requirement the software must:
- Be owned, not licensed by the Startup.
- Privately held
- In business for less than 5 years, and
- Bringing in less than US$1 million in annual revenue
Microsoft may permit individual developers or others and/or separate technology entities who may not meet the standard eligibility requirements to join BizSpark from time to time.
 Startups who are actively engaged in software development but have not yet completed the formalities of establishing a business.
 This requirement has been adjusted to add local variances calibrated to local economic conditions in the startup’s place of business, below. If a startup's place of business is not
listed below, then the revenue limit is US$1 million. US$750,000 China; US$500,000 Korea, Malaysia, Poland, Russia, Spain, Ukraine; US$250,000 Egypt, Thailand, Turkey, and Vietnam
*Not eligible for BizSpark