AWS Activate

AWS Activate offers startups free tools, resources, and more to quickly get started on AWS

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Build and scale with up to $100,000 in AWS Activate credits
AWS Activate provides startups with a host of benefits, including AWS credits*, AWS support plan credits, and training, to help grow your business. Activate benefits are designed to give you the right mix of tools and expert support so you can succeed with AWS while optimizing performance, managing risk, and keeping costs under control.
AWS Activate credits
Have AWS Activate credits automatically applied to your AWS account to help cover your AWS service usage.
AWS technical support
Receive AWS Business or AWS Developer Support from AWS experts, including architectural guidance and best practices as you build and test.
AWS training and resources
Learn from AWS experts to enhance your cloud skills and knowledge. Receive training and materials to help you be more effective and do more in the cloud.

*AWS Activate Credits are subject to the AWS Promotional Credit Terms & Conditions.

Explore Program Tiers
Choose the program right for you. AWS Activate has two programs designed for startups with or without funding.
Self-funded and bootstrapped startups

Activate Founders is designed for early-stage startups with no institutional funding. To apply, please review the application criteria below:

  • New to AWS Activate Founders
  • Have not previously received credits from AWS Activate Portfolio
  • Have an active AWS Account
  • Startup must be self-funded, unbacked or bootstrapped – no institutional funding or affiliation with an Activate Provider
  • A company website or web profile
  • Startup must be less than 10 years old
Self-funded and Funded startups

Activate Portfolio is designed for early and growth-stage startups associated with a venture capital firm, accelerator, incubator, or other startup-enabling organization that is also an AWS Activate Provider. To apply, please review the application criteria below:

  • Startup must be unfunded or funded (up to and including Pre-Seed, Angel, Seed, Debt Financing and Series A)
  • Have your Activate Provider’s organization ID
  • A company website 
  • LinkedIn profile (applicant)
  • An active AWS account
  • Must not have previously received AWS Activate credits at equal or greater value from the same or different Activate Provider
  • Must not have exceeded $100,000 USD in awarded or redeemed AWS credits from AWS Activate
  • Startup must be less than 10 years old
AWS Activate Providers
If you are a venture capital firm, accelerator, incubator, or other startup-enabling organization interested in providing AWS Activate Portfolio benefits to your startups, complete the online form and an AWS representative will be in touch.
If you are a startup interested in applying for AWS Activate Portfolio, ask your startup-enabling organization for their Activate Organization ID.
Learn more about AWS Activate Providers >>
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