Microsoft BizSpark App Academy Program Kicks Off at The Rob Roy inNEVation Center

Microsoft BizSpark App Academy is currently accepting applicants to participate in the BizSpark App Academy program at The Rob Roy inNEVation Center.LAS VEGAS, NV Microsoft BizSpark App Academy, an app building program designed to help early stage startups develop apps for market, is currently accepting applicants to participate in the BizSpark App Academy program at The Rob Roy inNEVation Center.

The program is designed to provide selected startups the business support necessary to move to the next level. Resources include three months of coworking space at The inNEVation Center, developmental tools, applicable tokens and credits, direct business and technical mentoring from Microsoft employees, marketing support, and Microsoft resources. The BizSpark App Academy is accepting applications through the end of December 2013. The program will initiate on January 6, 2014, and the chosen team will have three months to develop an app for market.

“The BizSpark App Academy and associated Microsoft programs and resources—combined with The inNEVation Center’s onsite resources and entrepreneurial spirit—will provide the selected team the opportunity to collaborate, create, and be inspired,” said Steve Seow, BizSpark App Academy program director and Microsoft technical evangelist. “Microsoft and The inNEVation Center will provide tremendous business support and value to a tech startup to help them create an app for market.”

The ideal Microsoft BizSpark App Academy candidate is a small team, up to three core members, with the minimum team configuration of a business lead and a technical lead. Because the program is app development focused, it’s highly recommended that a third member be a complementary developer (backend and frontend) or a designer.

The selected team will set up shop in The inNEVation Center in Las Vegas. The center fosters collaboration between Nevada entrepreneurs, business leaders, mentors, investors, educators and government agencies.

“Rob Roy, the CEO and founder of Switch, created The inNEVation Center to provide the resources and connections to make programs like the BizSpark App Academy happen,” said Kristi Overgaard, EVP of Awesomeness at The inNEVation Center. “Partnering with our SUPERNAP clients to grow their reach, while stimulating Nevada’s economy is the win-win we envisioned for this important contribution made by Rob Roy.”

For more information, or to apply to the Microsoft BizSpark App Academy program, contact The inNEVation Center at be@innevation.com, or Steve Seow at sseow@microsoft.com. Additional information is available at http://aka.ms/BizSparkAppAcademy.

The Rob Roy inNEVation Center

The inNEVation Center is a philanthropic effort by Switch and its CEO and Founder Rob Roy to support economic diversification in Nevada. As the leader of Nevada’s most successful tech startup, Rob Roy is committed to paying forward the success of Switch. His passion for a more diverse Nevada economy led him to create The inNEVation Center to foster collaboration between Nevada entrepreneurs, business leaders, mentors, investors, educators and government agencies.

The inNEVation Center hosts industry events and provides meeting space, coworking space, executive suites and space for corporate headquarter development with close proximity to the Switch SUPERNAP technology ecosystems. The SUPERNAPS represent innovation, security and reliability for more than 1,000 global clients, from sophisticated startups to Fortune 100 powerhouses. For more information about The inNEVation Center, please visit www.innevation.com.

About Microsoft BizSpark

Microsoft BizSpark is a global program that helps software startups succeed. With more than 45,000 startups from 100 countries in the program and a global network of 2,300 BizSpark partners, Microsoft provides great business value to young technology companies around the world. The program provides a wide range of Microsoft technology, technical and business expertise, and enhanced market visibility. BizSpark Plus is an extension of the foundational BizSpark program, providing higher-value offerings through a network of leading regional incubators and accelerators around the world. More information is available at http://www.microsoft.com/bizspark or http://aka.ms/BizSparkAppAcademy.

About Microsoft

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