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Unlocking Microsoft for Startups Founders Hub member benefits: a comprehensive guide

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Microsoft for Startups Founders Hub brings people, knowledge and benefits together to help founders at every stage solve startup challenges. Sign up in minutes with no funding required.

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.

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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.

Tackle recruitment and upgrade lead generation with access to LinkedIn products

Addressing pain points around hiring talent, finding customers and networking with peers, qualified members can now access each of four LinkedIn products:

Qualified members can get a three month subscription to Recruiter Lite, Sales Navigator Core, and LinkedIn Premium Business, and up to $1000 in credits with LinkedIn Ads. These benefits allow startups to leverage the broad spectrum of LinkedIn services to drive their businesses forward.

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.

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See how real people use your site with Microsoft Clarity

Microsoft Clarity helps your startup understand user behavior and discover ways to improve your site. Instant heatmaps show the areas on your landing pages that drive engagement and how far users scroll. Session recordings capture how people browse your site and the obstacles they face. Behavioral insights can reveal user frustrations with your UX—so you can turn problems into opportunities for success. Having robust analytics on your customers is now simpler and more affordable by combining our partner offers with the official Microsoft Clarity plugin for Bubble’s no-code web app builder.

“Microsoft Clarity is the tool every Startup needs be customer obsessed. Identify issues on your online product and make changes that improve your KPIs.” – Ravi Yada, Principal Product Manager, Microsoft Clarity

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, Bubble, Ansarada, Drata, and more with new trusted partners being added regularly.

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.

Mentor Network

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.

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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.

Sign up for Microsoft for Startups Founders Hub today.

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