It was our great honor to announce this week (during the Extreme CRM conference) that ClickDimensions was invited to the Microsoft BizSpark One program. Becoming part of this exclusive program validates our direction and gives us the resources we need to be successful. Below is how the program is described on the official BizSpark One page on the Microsoft site:
"Microsoft BizSpark One, seeks to accelerate the growth of high potential startups through a one-to-one relationship between Microsoft and the startup. In this unique, invite-only program, startups are paired with a dedicated relationship manager. This manager works with the startup to promote visibility, expand the startup's network of investors and mentors, expose it to business opportunities, and develop cutting-edge applications."
What is very exciting for us is that we are the first Microsoft Dynamics CRM ISV to be invited to join the program. Further, we are the first marketing automation provider in the program. We were selected after a long and exclusive process involving a pitch to the Microsoft Emerging Business team and a vote by its members. Knowing that Microsoft's CRM 2011 release is going to be an extremely viable and competitive offering, we can't help but be optimistic about our future. From what we are told, a startup can receive no greater level of endorsement or support from Microsoft than what is provided by BizSpark One.
According to the official BizSpark One program overview guide, the program provides the following benefits:
- Accelerated time-to-market through technical resources, guidance and premier support
- Insight into Microsoft technology roadmaps through meetings with business and product groups
- Increased market visibility through tailored PR and media outreach
- New contacts through participation in Microsoft events and key industry events
- New business opportunities through introductions to Microsoft technology partners, channel partners, and customers
Further, BizSpark One provides a customized relationship with a committed partner, including a single point of contact and an engagement plan that's tailored for our unique needs. We've also been made aware that our contact can develop us with BizSpark One funds and resources. What's not to love about that? Thank you Microsoft!