Build with $500 USD and Scale with up to $25,000 USD

AWS Activate Program is a free program open to startups that empowers you to innovate, build, and grow. Start from Activate Founder Package for $500 USD in AWS Activate credits*, AWS workshops & trainings 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

Eligibility Criteria

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

  • Have an active AWS Account
  • Startup must be less than 10 years old
  • Startup must be unfunded or funded (up to and including Pre-Seed, Angel, Seed, and Series A)
  • A valid LinkedIn profile (applicant)
  • A valid company website or web profile
  • 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

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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Start building with US$500 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 >>


FAQs

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 Program. Please explicitly state your supporting VC, accelerator or incubator. You may be eligible for initial credits more than US$500. You may apply and 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.

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

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