AWS Activate

AWS Activate is a free program specifically designed for startups and early stage entrepreneurs that offers the resources needed to get started on AWS
Build or scale with up to $100,000 in AWS Activate Credits*
AWS Activate provides startups with low cost, easy-to-use infrastructure needed to scale and grow their businesses. With AWS Activate, startups get access to the resources they need to quickly get started on AWS - including credits, technical support, and training.

*Credits are subject to the AWS Activate Provider you are associated with. Confirm with your AWS Activate Provider or AWS representative on the amount of AWS Activate Credits you are eligible to receive.

"We would not have been able to create and deploy our app to thousands of commuters across South Africa without AWS Activate."
                - Skhona Khumalo
                Director of Operations, Khwela
Program Benefits
AWS Activate benefits are designed to give you the right mix of tools and access to expertise so that you can be successful with AWS while optimizing performance, managing risk, and keeping costs under control.
AWS Activate Credits
Receive AWS Activate Credits automatically applied to your AWS account that covers your AWS service usage.
AWS Technical Support
Receive AWS Business and 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 skills and knowledge. Receive training and materials to help you be more effective and do more in the cloud.
Choose the package right for you
AWS Activate has two packages designed for startups with or without funding. Learn about the two packages below, and which option is best for your startup.
Non-funded or Bootstrapped Startups

The Founders package is designed for bootstrapped startups with no institutional funding. The startup must not be affiliated with a venture capital firm, accelerator, or incubator. Requirements for this package include:

  • Must have an AWS Account ID
  • Must not have previously received AWS Activate benefits
  • Must not have institutional funding or affiliation with an accelerator or incubator
  • Applicant's LinkedIn profile and a company website or web profile

Learn more about the Founders Package »

Funded Startups

The Portfolio package is designed for startups associated with a venture capital firm, accelerator, incubator, or other startup-enabling organization that is an AWS Activate Provider. Requirements for this package include:

  • Must have an AWS Account ID
  • Must have an Organization ID from an AWS Activate Provider
  • A company website

Learn more about the Portfolio Package »

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 funded startup interested in applying to the AWS Activate Portfolio package, ask your startup-enabling organization for the AWS Activate sign-up details unique to your organization.
Learn more about AWS Activate Providers >>
Featured Startups
"The AWS Activate program was there to help us build our product. When you're just a couple of people in a room it's pretty hard to go build an enterprise-grade product. Luckily, we were able to leverage Amazon's ecosystem to go build our product."
                - Patrick Kolencherry
                Co-Founder & CTO, Pristine, Inc