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, Instagram, 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.

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Self-Starter Package

For startups doing it on their own. All startups can apply.


Portfolio Package

For startups in select accelerators or seed funds.

If you're a startup affiliated with an accelerator, incubator, or seed fund, talk to the firm director to find out if there's a Portfolio Package available for you to apply for.

Learn more about Portfolio Packages »

All startups can apply for the Self-Starter package. We also have custom packages for startups in select accelerators, seed funds, and entrepreneur programs.

Self-Starter Package
Portfolio Package
For startups doing it on their own
For startups in select accelerators or funds
AWS Free Usage Tier
$1,000 to $15,000 AWS Promotional Credit
1 month AWS Support (Business level)
1 month to 1 year AWS Support (Business level) †

"AWS Technical Professional" training

"AWS Essentials" training

self-paced labs

"AWS Technical Professional" training

"AWS Essentials" training

self-paced labs

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
Open to all*
Startups in some accelerators or funds may apply*
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*Joining AWS Activate will not reset the AWS Free Usage Tier if you've already used it, and startups who previously received AWS Promotional Credit may not be eligible to receive additional credit.

Includes one month to one year of Business level Support up to $5,000 in value per year.

"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

“When our startup set out to change the way people use email, we looked for technologies that could help us scale quickly and affordably. AWS has helped us manage incredible growth while staying focused on our customers, and AWS Activate takes this one step further by bringing together some of the most important resources needed to build a business on AWS.”  
– Sean Beausoleil, Lead Engineer Mailbox

"Like most of the fast-growing startups we track at Mattermark, we're built on AWS. The AWS Activate program gives us free services like premium Business Support that make it even easier to build on the AWS platform."
– Danielle Morrill, Founder and CEO Mattermark

“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.

AWS Promotional Credit

Office Hours

AWS Support

Startup Community

AWS Training

Amazon Toolbox

Special Offers

Startup Spotlight

"AWS Activate helps companies to grow just as we have grown, by providing startups with the resources needed to get started on AWS." 
– Aaron Kaffen, Director of Marketing Cloudability

“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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