About the BizSpark program, my startup got rejected multiple times because we do some consulting work to finance our product development.
Even though we can certify that the BizSpark software wouldn't be used for consulting work (ie clients provide it), they just don't care.
That's just silly.
I manage the BizSpark program in the US and I am sorry that you've had this experience. While BizSpark is specifically for the development of a specific product, and not for use for consulting services, if you're working on a specific product and you fit
the requirements of being a) private company, b) under 3 years old, c) making under $1million USD per year, then you certainly qualify. Can you email me at
firstname.lastname@example.org and we can get it all squared away? Sorry for the inconvenience, look forward to solving this with you soon.