Microsoft BizSpark Lounge at Launch Academy

Launch Academy has been given the premier opportunity to partner with Microsoft and house one of their 30 Windows Store App Labs! From Berlin to London to Vancouver, Microsoft has only opened 30 of these labs around the world to help entrepreneurs, app developers, and designers gain access to a vast amount of resources. Most importantly, the Windows 8 Lab provides entrepreneurs and app developers access to the newest Windows 8 devices, gain technical expertise from top notch Window's experts, as well as receive guidance on app design from leading designers and digital agencies. All of these resources are available to entrepreneurs for not cost. Register today for a Windows Store Application Lab at Launch Academy. Gadgets Galore

The Launch Academy Windows 8 Lab is stocked with the latest Windows 8 devices. From the Microsoft Surface to the XBOX to the Ultrabook, the Windows 8 Lab has it all.  Stop by the lab to play the latest released Xbox game and to be up to date with the latest technology tools and gadgets.

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The Startup Movement

If you are a software startup, then Microsoft Bizspark is the program for you!

"Microsoft® BizSpark® is a global program that helps software startups succeed by giving them access to software development tools, connecting them with key industry players, and providing marketing visibility. The program also includes access to Windows Azure, a flexible, comprehensive, and powerful cloud platform for the creation of web applications and services. In addition, BizSpark offers technical support, business training and a network of over 2,000 partners to connect members with incubators, investors, advisors, government agencies and hosters. Since it was established in 2008, more than 45,000 companies in over 100 countries have joined BizSpark."

Register for the Microsoft BizSpark program (Step-by-step video)

If you are a developer, the Microsoft Developer Movement is for you!

"Microsoft Canada is starting a new developer program called “The Developer Movement” to promote app development on Windows Phone, Windows Azure and Windows 8. The program gives you access to free development toolkits and get inspiration from apps published by other developers. And you can collect points in every step of the way by participating in this program to redeem for rewards like a Samsung Laptop, Xbox bundle, Canon DSLR camera and more."

Register for The Developer Movement and get rewarded for the apps you build.

Expert Opinion

Drop into Launch Academy any Monday (9am-5pm) to meet with Microsoft whizzes, Thomas Lewis (@TommyLee) and/or Andrew Howell (@and_how).

So what are you waiting for, come check out the Windows 8 Lab at Launch Academy today!

 

Additional Resources:

Start Building Apps:

o   Windows 8

o   Windows Phone 8

o   Windows Azure

Learn about the Windows Store opportunity