Microsoft for Startups Founders Hub is a new, innovative platform offering support for all startups at every stage of their journey, from ideation to exit. We are democratizing access to the resources you need to build your startup from the ground up – from free cloud credits to build your product, to software and technical advisory.
When you become a member of Microsoft for Startups Founders Hub you receive a range of benefits that grow with you as your company grows. Benefits are available at every stage of your startup journey and are designed to help accelerate your startup’s growth, provide guidance at key inflection points and help your company succeed.
Benefits to help you build your product and team
Every entrepreneur and startup founder wrestles with stretching limited resources and making tough decisions about where to focus efforts on a tight budget. Microsoft for Startups Founders Hub was developed to help alleviate some of that worry. We provide you with the resources your company needs to build your product in the cloud and accelerate towards finding product market fit.
Build your product with Azure credits
As a Microsoft for Startups Founders Hub member, you will receive Azure cloud credits to build your product. We have removed restrictive timelines and inflexible benefits so founders can develop at their own pace, not ours. Founders will receive customized credit offers that grow with you.
As your company expands, you will become eligible for up to $150,000 in Azure credits over four years. Members also receive free 24/7 Azure Standard Support.
Increase developer velocity and automate workflows with GitHub Enterprise
All Microsoft for Startups Founders Hub members will receive up to 20 seats for one year’s subscription to GitHub Enterprise, the largest and most advanced development platform in the world. This is one of our most popular benefits, enabling startup teams to collaborate from anywhere in the world with many features to make your life easier with automated workflows.
Save money and boost team productivity with Teams and Microsoft 365
Instead of relying on disparate productivity and collaboration tools, founders can save time and money with free access to Microsoft 365, formerly known as Office 365. This software suite includes Teams, Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint and more, giving you the collaborative office tools you have worked with for years to manage your startup. Members receive a one-year subscription to Microsoft 365 Business Standard for up to ten seats.
Startup-friendly offers from trusted partners
Microsoft for Startups Founders Hub is building the most comprehensive basket of benefits for our members, teaming up with trusted partners offering best-in-class solutions.
Members will get access to offers from OpenAI, Ansarada and Drata, with more to follow.
To learn more about these offers from trusted partners, read this post.
Work smarter with free business insights software
Microsoft for Startups Founders Hub lets you tap into the widest range of Microsoft services to ensure you always have access to the tools you need to meet your objectives.
- Microsoft Power Platform: Analyze data, build solutions, automate processes, and create virtual agents with access to Power BI, Power Apps and more. Founders get 10 seats for one year
- Dynamics 365: Connect your data, processes, and teams with intelligent business applications. Up to five seats for one year.
- Visual Studio Enterprise: Design, build, and deploy complex enterprise applications with Video Studio, up to five seats for one year.
Mentorship and Guidance Benefits
We have heard repeatedly from entrepreneurs about their struggle to find the right mentor and the lack of one-to-one support when encountering technical challenges. Our mentorship and guidance benefits are aimed at closing this support gap for you and your company.
Having a strong and diverse network of advisors is crucial to startups in the growth phase. We are making this historically inaccessible resource available to Microsoft for Startups Founders Hub members through our Microsoft Mentor Network. With a carefully curated team of mentors from a variety of backgrounds, you will be able to book one-on-one time with the people who can guide you on any number of topics, from idea validation to fundraising and networking. Due to program constraints, this benefit is not currently available to all members, but we hope to extend this to all founders shortly.
Self-guided learning and personalized training content
No one expects every founder to be an expert in all things from day one. Along your journey you will encounter new ideas that raise questions you never knew to ask. To help you with all the things you don’t know, Microsoft for Startups Founders Hub has developed tailored training paths for founders to help you expand your core skillset and learn more about running a business, building a team and making your startup attractive to investors and customers. This easy-to-access content is designed to help founders get to the next level. Available to all members.
Azure Technical Advisory
As you scale your business, Microsoft for Startups Founders Hub will provide you with access to technical advisory sessions that include personalized build recommendations and best practices for building on Azure. Due to program constraints, this benefit is not currently available to all members, but we hope to extend this to all founders shortly.
To learn more about our mentorship and guidance benefits, read this post.
To learn more about who should apply to Microsoft for Startups Founders Hub and our acceptance criteria, read our FAQ.