Amazon Web Services provides startups with low cost, easy to use infrastructure needed to scale and grow any size business. Some of the world’s hottest startups, including Pinterest and Dropbox, have leveraged the power of AWS to easily get started and quickly scale.
AWS Activate is a program designed to provide startups with the resources needed to get started on AWS. Join some of the fastest-growing startups in the world and build your business using AWS.
Watch this video to learn how AWS Activate can help your startup.
For startups doing it on their own. All startups can apply.
For startups in select accelerators or seed funds.
If you're a startup affiliated with an accelerator, incubator, or Seed/VC Fund, talk to the firm director to find out if there's a Portfolio Package available for you to apply for.
All startups can apply for the Self-Starter package. We also have custom packages for startups in select accelerators, Seed/VC Funds, and entrepreneur programs.
||Portfolio Plus Package
|For startups doing it on their own.
||This package is designed for startups doing it on their own or work with select startup organizations.||This package is designed for startups in select accelerators, incubators, and Seed/VC Funds.|
|AWS Free Usage Tier*
$50 to $1,000 AWS Promotional Credit
|$2,000 to $15,000 AWS Promotional Credit for 2 years (amount varies by portfolio/accelerator partner)
or $100,000 for 1 year**
|1 month AWS Support
at Business level
2 months to 1 year AWS Support
|2 month to 1 year AWS Support
at Business level***
|AWS Essentials Web-Based Training ($600 value) and 8 tokens for Self-paced labs (normally $30/lab)
||AWS Essentials Web-Based Training ($600 value) and 8 tokens for Self-paced labs (normally $30/lab)||AWS Essentials Web-Based Training ($600 value) and 8 tokens for Self-paced labs (normally $30/lab)|
|1:1 Office Hours with AWS Solutions Architects||
1:1 Office Hours with AWS Solutions Architects
|1:1 Office Hours with AWS Solutions Architects|
|Startup Blog and Startup Forum
||Startup Blog and Startup Forum
|Special "Self-Starter" Third-party Offers
Special "Portfolio" Third-party Offers
|Special "Portfolio" Third-party Offers
|Sign up »||Learn more »||Learn more »
*Joining AWS Activate will not reset the AWS Free Usage Tier if you've already used it.
**The Activate Portfolio packages are limited to startups which have raised no more than one round of capital. The AWS Promotional Credit is offered to qualified companies for 1 or 2 years based on selection. Effective start date used to calculate 1 year or 2 years of AWS Promotional Credit validity will be the date you became affiliated with your accelerator, Seed/VC Fund, or other startup organization.
***Portfolio offers may include additional AWS Business Support credit for up to $5,000 in value. Portfolio Plus offers may include additional AWS Business Support credit for up to $10,000 in value.
"As a technology startup operating in the cloud, we're constantly looking to improve our server platform from cost efficiencies to performance and scalability. AWS Activate is great for finding technical resources, getting professional support, and connecting with a broad community of developers to get the most out of our cloud computing environment."
– Eric Feng, CTO Flipboard
“Programs like AWS Activate make our job of helping new companies change the world easier in that it helps startups get access to the technology resources they need more quickly. We work closely with startups to help them leverage AWS, and AWS Activate makes this simple.”
– David Cohen, Founder and CEO TechStars
We work with accelerators and seed funds all over the world, including:
AWS Activate is free to join, and gives you access to a package of services and benefits. See the Benefits page for more detail.
“As a leading Developer Tools startup, Nitrous.IO is constantly evaluating and adopting cutting edge tools that our customers depend on. Our AWS Activate membership allows us to leverage the AWS team's diligence to explore some of the best tools available without having to incur time or monetary costs. As a partner in the program, we offer teams the ability to move their entire development infrastructure into the cloud on one of our premium plans.”
– AJ Solimine, CEO and Co-Founder Nitrous.IO
Whether you’re already an AWS Activate member, or just want to explore technical learning opportunities, the AWS Pop-up Loft is your help and learning destination. The AWS Pop-up Loft is now open in San Francisco, as a space and community where startups and anyone interested in AWS can drop in, hang out, and receive in-person AWS technical guidance from our experts at no charge. The architects and engineers who helped build services such as Amazon EC2, Amazon S3, and Amazon RDS are taking up residence in this space and are available to help you on demand. The AWS Loft is open Monday - Friday, from 10AM-6PM, and remember, you can access the services and resources at the AWS Loft at no charge. Learn more here and register here »
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