AWS Activate Program in Hong Kong

AWS Activate Program is a free program open to startups that empowers you to innovate, build, and grow. Start from Activate Founder Package for $1,000 USD in AWS Activate credits*, $350 USD in Developer Support credits, and best practice architectural guidance, you can quickly get started on AWS, go to market faster than before, and further lower your operational costs. Whether you are just getting started, or already building on AWS, AWS Activate helps you go further.

+AWS Activate credits are subject to the AWS Promotional Credit Terms & Conditions, startups previously issued AWS Promotional Credit may not be eligible to receive additional credit

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Start building with US$1,000 and scale with up to US$25,000 in AWS Activate credits

  • AWS Activate Credits

    Have AWS Activate credits automatically applied to your AWS account to help cover your AWS service usage.

    >> Learn more about AWS Promotional Credit Terms & Conditions

  • AWS Technical Support

    Receive AWS Business or AWS Developer Support from AWS experts, including architectural guidance and best practices as you build and test.

    >> Learn more about AWS Well-Architected Tool Documentation

  • AWS Training & Resources

    Learn from AWS experts to enhance your cloud skills and knowledge. Receive training and materials to help you be more effective and do more in the cloud.

    >> Learn more about whitepapers, support forums, and online learning library

  • Cost Control on AWS

    Prevent overspending by setting up Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) and AWS Budget Alerts. Watch full video >>

Explore Program Tiers

  • Activate Founder

    1. Have an active AWS Account
    2. Startup must be less than 10 years old
    3. Startup must be unfunded or funded (up to and including Pre-Seed, Angel, Seed, and Series A)
    4. A valid LinkedIn profile (applicant)
    5. A valid company website or web profile
    6. Have not previously received credits from AWS Activate Founders^ or Portfolio package

    ^ Not applicable for startups who are affiliated to an Activate provider or backed by institutional funding

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  • Activate Build and Grow

    If you:

    1. fulfill all criteria stated in the Founder Tier
    2. have fully consumed the previous USD1K offer in Founder Tier
    3. are under any acceleration/incubation program, or even backed by VC

    You may be eligible to apply for the Activate Build/Grow Tier which could redeem up to US$10K credits.

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Featured Local Startups

  • By working with AWS, we are keeping our customer accounts secure, in line with Hong Kong financial regulations.

    Igor Wos
    CTO & Co-fonuder

  • Whenever we had a challenging new project, we never had to worry about spinning up new infrastructure because everything is elastic on the AWS Cloud.

    Joyce Wong
    Growth Analyst

AWS Hong Kong Startup Day 2021

Local Case Studies

  • Leverages AWS for High Security and Scalability achieved security standards and compliance certifications such as ISO 27001 and PCI DSS Level 1. Based in Hong Kong, is a financial services company with cryptocurrency products including a wallet, a debit card, and an exchange. The company is using Amazon Elastic Container Service for container orchestration, AWS Transit Gateway for inter-region privacy controls, and AWS Trusted Advisor for regular system assessment.

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  • Dayta AI Enables Retailers to Build Data-Driven Sales Strategies with AWS

    With AWS, Dayta AI is able to avoid upfront hardware costs and offload routine infrastructure management tasks. This has allowed Dayta AI to gain up to 20 percent greater computing price-performance and stay focused on machine learning modelling. Hong Kong–based startup Dayta AI has developed Cyclops, a machine-vision software that retailers use to learn more about their customers’ retail experiences.

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  • FinFabrik Helps Modernize Multi-Asset Trading with AWS Cloud

    Using AWS, FinFabrik can easily make changes and deploy new systems in just 10 minutes, ensuring data privacy and latency targets are met. The fintech uses Amazon Virtual Private Cloud to segregate client networks, Amazon Elastic Container Service to run serverless computing, and AWS Identity and Access Management for account authentication.

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Other Support for Startups

Startup Migration Program

We help startups considering moving their workload(s) to AWS by offering to offset their migration costs through AWS credits, Support plans, and partner funding.

To know more about the eligibility and offer details, please contact us at [email protected].

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Q. How long does it take to process applications?

It usually takes 7 to 10 business days for your application to be processed. Unfortunately, we are unable to expedite application processing.

Q. How many times can I apply for AWS Activate Founders?

If you have previously received AWS Activate Founders benefits, you are ineligible to apply again. You can only receive AWS Activate Founders benefits once. However, if your startup is now undergoing any acceleration/ incubation program or backed by a VC, you might be eligible to apply for extra credits. Please contact us for more details.

Q. I am associated with a venture capital firm, accelerator, incubator, or other startup-enabling organization. Am I eligible for Founders?

Yes. You are eligible to apply for Activate Founder program to redeem US$ 1,000 credits. After you have fully consumed the $1,000 credits within the credits period, you might be eligible to apply for extra credits, please contact us for more details.

Q. I applied for AWS credits through AWS Activate, and they were approved. However, they aren't showing up in my account. What could be causing this?

Your AWS credits can be found in the credits section of your billing and cost management dashboard. If you do not see your AWS credits listed there, please contact us.

Q. Why wasn’t my application approved?

There are many reasons why your application may not have been approved. The most common reason is that your application didn’t meet the program’s application criteria. This includes, but is not limited to 1) reached AWS Activate lifetime credit award; 2) applied using a different email address to the one used to set up your AWS account; 3) no public profile or website; 4) duplicate application; and 5) funding round exceeds Series A. Please refer to your application status notification email for more information and if you still have questions, contact us.

Q. I am a current AWS Activate member. Can I use the AWS Activate logo on my website, or in external communications? Can our startup issue a press release that mentions our AWS Activate credit award?

As an Activate member, you need to comply with our Activate logo guidelines and receive permission from AWS in order to feature the AWS Activate logo on your website or marketing collateral. This also applies to external communications including press releases that mention AWS Activate or AWS credits. View the AWS Activate Logo Guidelines here and email us explaining how and where you would like to feature the logo and or mention AWS Activate. We will get back to you within 5 business days.

For more information about AWS credits and AWS Support Credits, please visit the global Activate FAQs page.

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