Getting Started with AWS Activate

Activate has two packages specifically designed for funded or non-funded startups. Learn about the two packages below, and which option is best for your startup.

Founder Application requirements include: an AWS Account ID, company website or company web profile, and LinkedIn profile link.

Portfolio Application requirements include: an AWS Account ID, Org ID, and a company website.

Apply to become an AWS Activate Member today
Founders Package
Bootstrapped startups that have no affiliation with a venture capital firm, accelerator, or incubator should apply. Startups with crowdsourced funding or funding from family/friends may also apply for the Founders Package. All startups eligible for AWS Activate Founders receive the same benefits package. Please see below for details.
AWS Credits
  • $1,000 USD AWS Activate Credits
  • Valid for 1 year
Technical Support Plan
  • $350 in AWS Developer Support Credits valid for 1 year
  • 7 Core AWS Trusted Advisor Best Practice Checks
  • Email access to 1 primary Cloud Support Associate and General Architectural Guidance

Startups with crowdsourced funding or funding from family/friends qualify for the Founders Package.

Portfolio Package
Startups associated with an AWS Activate Provider should apply. Your AWS Activate Provider (select venture capital firms, accelerators, incubators or other startup enabling organizations) will provide you with an Org ID: a case sensitive, unique identifier that has four or five characters. The Org ID determines the benefits package that you might be eligible for.
AWS Credits
  • Up to $100,000 USD AWS Activate Credits*
  • Valid for 1 year
Technical Support Plan
  • AWS Business Support Credits* valid for 1 year
  • 24x7 phone, email, and chat access to Cloud Support Engineers and premium response speed
  • AWS Support API, Interoperability, and configuration guidance and troubleshooting

Startups associated with a University Startup Package, Angel Investors, or Startup Organizations such as Co-Working Spaces qualify for the Portfolio  Package.

*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.

Starting with Your AWS Credits

Your AWS Activate Credits are automatically applied to your AWS account upon receipt of your application approval email. You don't need to take any action. AWS Activate Credits are automoatically applied against your monthly bill.

You can find the exact credit amount, expiration date, remaining balance of your AWS Activate Credits, and the applicable AWS services in the bottom section of the Credits Page on the AWS Billing and Cost Management Console.

If you have more questions regarding Credits, visit our Activate FAQ Page.