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AWS Activate – Get Your Startup Off the Ground with AWS

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The AWS cloud is a very nice home for startups. You can start small (perhaps with nothing more than a static web page hosted on Amazon S3) and then grow to world-scale as your business develops and grows. You can even participate in the annual AWS Startup Challenge!

In order to make it even easier for startups to make use of AWS, we are launching the AWS Activate program today. This program provides you, as a startup entrepreneur, with resources that will help you to build your application and to succeed with AWS.

AWS Activate is a free program that is available to entrepreneurs located anywhere in the world. It includes training, support, AWS promotional credit, special offers from third parties, and a new Startup Forum. AWS Activate benefits are available as part of the Self-Starter and Portfolio Packages, to startups that have not previously received them.

Self-Starter Package
The Self-Starter Package is right for you if you are doing your own thing. You have access to the following benefits:

As a member of this program you can also receive an additional $100 in AWS Promotional Credit by attending a sponsored hackathon or a Startup Weekend event in a city near you. If you organize hackathons, you can learn more about this program by emailing

Portfolio Package
If you are a member of an accelerator, an incubator, a seed fund, or another organization that focuses on and assists entrepreneurs, then you may be eligible for our Portfolio Package. The Portfolio Package gives startups access to the following benefits:

  • AWS Promotional Credit
  • One month to one year of AWS Support at the Business level
  • AWS Technical Professional and AWS Essentials training
  • Credit for four self-paced AWS Training labs
  • Access to the Startup Forum

We are already working with accelerators and seed funds all over the world; contact the director of yours to learn more. If yours isn’t a member, direct them to the AWS Activate page and have them email us at .

Special Offers
We want to make sure that you are making use of the latest and greatest tools and technologies when you build your startup. We have worked with some third party vendors to line up some special offers for you. To learn more, take a look at the Activate page.

Startup Now!
Visit the AWS Activate page to learn more about how to gain access to the benefits listed above.

— Jeff;


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Jeff Barr

Jeff Barr

Jeff Barr is Chief Evangelist for AWS. He started this blog in 2004 and has been writing posts just about non-stop ever since.