AWS Activate is a package of resources designed to help your startup get going on AWS. If you've already signed up and were accepted, see below for more information about how to access the benefits included in this program.

Builders, Portfolio or Portfolio Plus Packages:

If you have been approved for a Builders, Portfolio or Portfolio Plus package, the corresponding AWS Promotional Credit has been automatically applied to your AWS account.

You can find the exact amount, expiration date, remaining balance and applicable AWS services your credit can be redeemed for, under the "Credits" tab in your AWS Account.

Event Promotions:

If you signed up through a special event promotion, you will receive a confirmation email with the AWS Promotional Credit code.  

To redeem the code, go to the "Credits" tab in your AWS Account.


  1. Go to the Payment Method section of the Billing Console and verify that your credit card on file is valid. Support enrollment will fail if your credit card is not up-to-date.
  2. You will automatically be enrolled into the AWS Business Support plan trial upon Activate Portfolio or Porfolio Plus package application approval. If you signed up for Activate Portfolio or Portfolio Plus package prior to December 2, 2016 and your application was approved, please follow the support enrollment link in your Activate welcome email to get started.

Your trial date will start on the day you receive your confirmation email.

Once enrolled in the AWS Business Support plan trial, you can create and manage support cases and access other support related content and services by logging into the Support Center.


We've created accounts for you on our training portals and granted you complimentary access to the AWS Technical and Business Essentials Online Trainings ($600 value each) and 80 credits for self-paced labs ($80 value).

Online Training:

To access the trainings for the first time, log in using your unique registration link found in your welcome email. You'll need to log in to your Amazon.com account through this link or create a new account if you don't have one.

In-Person Training:

Portfolio and Portfolio Plus packages offer you the option to take AWS Technical and Business Essentials in person. These in-person trainings are only available in select locations, where training is “sold” by AWS. Click here to find a class near you. To attend an in-person training, please request a voucher by contacting us. Training vouchers only apply to AWS-delivered classes. 

The first time you log in to self-paced labs, use the "AWS Activate first time sign in" link and input your User ID (the email address you used to sign up for AWS Activate) to generate a new password. Your account will have 80 credits pre-loaded when you log in.

Click here to access self-paced labs.


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