AWS Activate Founders

for Self-Funded Startups

Funded Startup? Learn about AWS Activate Portfolio here

Start building with $1,000 USD in AWS Activate credits

AWS Activate Founders is a free program open to self-funded and bootstrapped startups that empowers you to innovate, build, and grow. With $1,000 USD in AWS credits*, $350 USD in Developer Support credits, and best practice architectural guidance, you can quickly get started on AWS, go to market faster, and lower your costs. Whether you are just getting started, or already building on AWS, AWS Activate helps you go further.

Explore the benefits of AWS Activate Founders

Get started on AWS at ZERO cost
Activate Founders provides $1,000 USD in AWS credits, valid for two years, so you can experiment and build nearly anything that you can imagine. AWS credits are applied to your AWS bill to help cover costs associated with eligible AWS Services.
Get technical help during business hours

Receive $350 USD in AWS Developer Support credits, valid for one year, that cover technical support via email during business hours as well as general architectural guidance as you build and test. You can open an unlimited number of cases while your support plan is active.

Get best practice guidance

AWS Developer Support also provides access to AWS Trusted Advisor and AWS Personal Health Dashboard. These tools check and provide guidance on provisioning resources following best practices helping you increase performance and improve security.

New! AWS Activate Console
You’ll find insightful guidance on choosing the right AWS services, building on AWS, optimizing costs, trainings and events to attend and so much more. Plus, the Activate Console also makes it easy to track and monitor your AWS credits and costs, take advantage of exclusive offers, and get real-time updates on the health of your AWS environment. Log in now.
Exclusive Offers
Take advantage of special offers only available to AWS Activate members including discounts, free products, memberships, services and tools. We’ve carefully curated exclusive offers from trusted organizations to help your business grow.

 

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

 

How to apply and get started

Step 1

Click here to apply for AWS Activate Founders. You will first be redirected to log into AWS. If you do not have an AWS account, you can create one for free here.

Step 2

Select AWS Activate Founders, complete the application form in full and submit – it takes just a few minutes to complete.
 

Step 3

Look out for a confirmation email from AWS. It takes on average 7-10 business days to process applications.
 

Step 4

Start building on AWS!
The world’s most comprehensive and broadly adopted cloud platform.
 

Step 1

Click here to apply for AWS Activate Founders. You will first be redirected to log into AWS. If you do not have an AWS account, you can create one for free here.

Step 2

Select AWS Activate Founders, complete the application form in full and submit – it takes just a few minutes to complete.

Step 3

Look out for a confirmation email from AWS. It takes on average 7-10 business days to process applications.

Step 4

Start building on AWS! The world’s most comprehensive and broadly adopted cloud platform.

Eligibility criteria

To apply to AWS Activate Founders, your startup must meet the following criteria:

  • 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 functioning company website or web profile
  • Startup must be less than 10 years old
 
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There’s a reason the world’s hottest and most successful startups use AWS: we’re on a mission to help you succeed, from inception to IPO.

“AWS and the AWS Activate program have greatly sped up our technology development. AWS provides us the power and flexibility to run an unlimited number of experiments in parallel for our machine learning-based algorithms, along with the corresponding abilities to store and easily work with the needed large datasets. The ability to develop our technology rapidly and cost-effectively is a godsend to any startup.”

Scott Novich
CTO and Co-founder, Neosensory

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Learn more about startups on AWS

Thousands of startups are leveraging AWS Activate to build and grow their business. Learn how startups, including DoorDash, Airbnb, Ralali, and Deliveroo have transformed their businesses using AWS.

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