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Microsoft® BizSpark® is a global program designed to provide startup companies with access to Microsoft software, development tools, technical support and marketing visibility. As part of this program, Microsoft BizSpark offers program participants Microsoft software licenses, including Microsoft Windows Server and SQL Server.


Amazon Web Services provides startup companies with a cloud-based IT infrastructure that allows them to replace up-front capital infrastructure expenses with low variable costs that scale with their business. With the Cloud, startup companies no longer need to plan for and procure servers and other IT infrastructure weeks or months in advance. This is particularly important for cash-strapped startups.

AWS has collaborated with Microsoft to allow you to run your BizSpark-related Windows Server and SQL Server products on Amazon Web Services with no additional Microsoft software licensing costs¹. For start-up companies that want to build on Microsoft technologies, this benefit provides you with the ability to use the AWS Cloud to eliminate capital costs, while providing elasticity and faster time-to-market. See the BizSpark FAQ for more information.


Already a Microsoft® BizSpark® Member?

If you are already a Microsoft BizSpark member, you can get started with your BizSpark benefits on AWS by starting your sign up process here and then visiting the BizSpark site to complete your signup - BizSpark Web Site. Note: You must be the Primary BizSpark Member to take advantage of this offer.

If you want to run the Microsoft software that was licensed to you as part of the BizSpark program on AWS, we will use your BizSpark Subscriber ID number, your name and AWS account number to validate with Microsoft that you are a valid member of the BizSpark program.

Not a Microsoft® BizSpark® Member?

Is your business:

  • Developing Software?
  • Privately held?
  • Less than three years old?
  • Making less than $1 million USD annually?

If so, you are eligible to apply for the Microsoft BizSpark Program. Apply now for the Microsoft BizSpark Program.

¹Standard Amazon Web Services rates apply



Thank you for your interest in running BizSpark Licenses on AWS. Please follow the steps below to sign up.

Step 1: Are you registered in the Microsoft BizSpark program and the primary account?

Yes – Proceed to the next step
No – Apply for Microsoft BizSpark here

Step 2: Do you have an AWS account?

Yes – Please proceed to the next step
No – Please first create an AWS account here

Step 3: Please register your BizSpark Subscriber ID with AWS here

Note: The BizSpark Subscriber ID is a numeric ID of the form 140*. To find your BizSpark Subscriber ID please click here.



Q: What is the Microsoft BizSpark program?

Microsoft® BizSpark® is a global program designed to provide startup companies with access to Microsoft software, development tools, technical support and marketing visibility. As part of this program, Microsoft BizSpark offers program participants Microsoft software licenses, including Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 and Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2. More information about the BizSpark program can be found at the BizSpark program website.

Q: What benefits are available to BizSpark participants on AWS?

For AWS customers participating in the BizSpark program, AWS charges the price of the equivalent Linux offering for any on-demand AWS services, where applicable.

Q: What benefit limits are in place for BizSpark customers on AWS?

Program benefits will not be available on AWS if the customer has configured linked accounts through consolidated billing. Also, customers associating their AWS account with a BizSpark Subscriber ID cannot use Spot, Reserved, or Dedicated instances in conjunction with the program – these products will be charged at the regular Amazon EC2 price.

Q: How does a customer join the BizSpark program?

Microsoft manages the BizSpark program. AWS customers who are not a BizSpark member and meet the requirements on the BizSpark program site may apply now.

Q: How does a customer start using BizSpark benefits on AWS?

The customer will have to register AWS as a network hosting partner on BizSpark’s site. More details are available here. Note: You must be the Primary BizSpark Member to take advantage of this offer. Also, the BizSpark Subscriber ID used to register on AWS is a numeric ID starting with 140*.

Q: Will BizSpark customers have access to the AWS free usage tier?

No. BizSpark customers will not have access to the AWS free usage tier.

Q: Will BizSpark customers have access to discounted pricing on Spot, Reserved, and Dedicated instances?

No. At this time, BizSpark customers will not have access to discounted pricing on Spot, Reserved, and Dedicated instances. These products will be charged at the regular Amazon EC2 prices.

Q: How much does it cost for a customer to use BizSpark programs on AWS?

There is no additional cost to participate in the BizSpark program on AWS.

Q: Will there be a price list for BizSpark customers available on the AWS site?

Customers can rely on the Linux/Unix on-demand instance pricing for applicable instances, as listed on the Amazon EC2 pricing page. The on-demand price applied to a customer’s usage will be displayed on the AWS Account Activity page.

Q: Is this program applicable to all AWS Regions?

It is applied to all AWS Regions except GovCloud.


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