In addition to the support and benefits founders get from the Microsoft family of products and services in Microsoft for Startups Founders Hub, we also offer a portfolio of trusted partner offers to provide maximum value to our in-program startups. These exciting partner offers are tailored to the needs of startups today.
Developer Tools and Prototyping
OpenAI’s third iteration of its Generative Pre-trained Transformer language model is revolutionizing the way startups approach natural language processing. GPT-3 provides your startup with a startling range of AI-powered features including GPT-3–powered search, conversation, text completion, and more.
Microsoft for Startups Founders Hub members receive $2,500 in credits and free access to the OpenAI team ($2,500 in value).
OpenAI’s API provides a general-purpose “text in, text out” interface, allowing you to try it on virtually any English language task. All our startups will have the opportunity to leverage the power of natural language processing in a huge variety of use cases, from generating chat text to writing code.
We’ve received high praise from founders taking advantage of this offer, with startups finding access to GPT-3 technology to be a gamechanger. Take, Marie Toft at Emotionise, who said they have been, “amazed at the power of GPT-3. We’re training AI to generate and identify audiences’ concerns, desires and emotions to empower users to write engaging content that gets results. GPT-3 has allowed us to go much further, much faster and achieve very high accuracy rates.”
Bubble, is at the forefront of the the no-code revolution with its software development platform that empowers people without programming skills to design, develop, and launch their own applications, tech products, or tools.
Members of Microsoft for Startups Founders Hub can receive $3000 in credits for the Bubble platform to build fast and responsive web applications that scale. In addition, startups will also get a 50% discount on any of Bubble’s Bootcamps, which are valuable to startup teams looking to acquire fundamental Bubble skills, understand the conceptual structures of an app, and develop building techniques to help structure your first application.
Emmanuel Straschnov, Bubble founder and co-CEO, said, “We are proud to partner with Microsoft for Startups, a platform completely aligned with our goal of empowering founders to build a sustainable, long-term business and championing their most ambitious vision.”
CodeSee is a code visualization tool for the lifecycle of your code. You can manage context from planning and shipping features, pass that info along for code reviews, then teach others about what you did and why that is always up to date.
CodeSee auto-generates and auto updates a map of your codebase, showing the impact a code change will have so you can prioritize features that will drive revenue. With its code automations, you can scale development, delegate code tasks and iterate quickly while aiming for product-market fit. Achieve better developer onboarding, improved feature delivery, and 50% faster code reviews, all with CodeSee.
Members of Microsoft for Startups Founders Hub receive three free months subscription to CodeSee Business Plan with an additional three months with a 25% discount (total value of $109).
Founder and CEO of CodeSee, Shanea Leven, said, “CodeSee is partnering with Microsoft for Startups because all startups should have complete visibility of their code from day 1. Having visibility into your code prevents problems that will inevitably happen, like a developer leaving, or working with contract developers, or onboarding new team members. CodeSee prevents code knowledge issues so you can focus on growing your company.”
Massdriver helps operations professionals focus on scalability and reliability without toiling over infrastructure configuration changes. Massdriver’s visual designer can reduce infrastructure development times by 90% while giving startups staging/production parity out of the box and total control of their infrastructure when they need it—all in their Azure account.
Microsoft for Startups Founders Hub members receive $10,000 in credits for unlimited seats over the first 12 months.
Cory O’Daniel, Massdriver co-founder and CEO, said, “We’re extremely excited to be partnering with Microsoft for Startups to put the immense capability of Azure into the hands of all engineers, regardless of their experience with cloud technologies. Massdriver allows users to quickly and easily design and deploy secure, scalable cloud architectures using a simple diagramming interface. With Massdriver, founders can focus on building their product instead of navigating the complexities of the cloud.”
MongoDB Atlas provides a first-class developer experience through a flexible document data model and unified query interface, while meeting the most demanding requirements for resilience, scale, and data privacy. Built to empower developers, MongoDB Atlas has comprehensive ecosystem integrations including Azure App Services, Functions, and more, to seamlessly add Atlas to existing architectures.
Microsoft for Startups Founders Hub members can receive up to $5,000 in MongoDB Atlas credits, valid for one year.
Sales, Marketing and Customer Management
Some of the challenges we hear again and again are the pains of hiring talent, finding customers and networking with peers and investors. To help with those needs, we are delighted to add LinkedIn to our pool of benefits.
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.
LinkedIn products do not allow concurrent subscriptions. Please note, LinkedIn Premium Business is included in the Recruiter Lite and Sales Navigator Core subscriptions. Once you’ve redeemed one LinkedIn benefit (excluding Ad Credits) you will need to cancel your free 3-months subscription to redeem a new LinkedIn benefit.
“Part of growing a business is reaching the right audience at the right time, whether that’s finding a buyer or recruiting new hires with the skills needed to succeed,” said Scott Roberts, VP of Business Development at LinkedIn. “Microsoft for Startups Founders Hub is designed to give startups the tools needed to grow their business and with the inclusion of LinkedIn offerings, we’re going to help create connection with the audiences that matter most to them.”
Close was founded in 2013 with the simple goal of doubling productivity for every sales rep. Close CRM is an out-of-the-box CRM and sales process platform designed specifically for startups and growing teams.
Close is now available to all members of Microsoft for Startups Founders Hub with a $2500 credit towards any of Close’s subscription plans. In addition, members will get free migration or import assistance and access to the Close sales library.
Microsoft for Startups Founders Hub member Lukas Pfahlsberger of Noreja has already been working with Close. He said, “Close offered a very fast and uncomplicated way to transfer our loosely collected leads into a proper sales pipeline. Other CRM solutions we tried had too much overhead and were not really suiting our needs as a small startup.”
Stripe Payments is a platform helping small and large companies accept mobile and web payments. Designed for growth, Stripe’s complete payment system allows you to receive payments and transfer money worldwide with their smart APIs and products. Whether you’re creating a software subscription service, an on-demand marketplace, or an e-commerce store, Stripe’s payment platform helps you build and scale your business online.
Members of Microsoft for Startups Founders Hub who access the Stripe Payments benefit will received $25,000 in fee free payment processing.
Stripe Atlas is a powerful, safe, and easy-to-use platform for forming a company. It creates the legal documents, files the paperwork, and applies for your tax ID number so you can set up your Delaware incorporated company in minutes. By removing lengthy paperwork, legal complexity, and numerous fees, Stripe Atlas helps you launch your startup from anywhere in the world.
Members of Microsoft for Startups Founders Hub receive a 50% discount on the incorporation fee worth $250.
Mercury offers banking* for startups — at any size or stage. With an intuitive product experience, founders can access free checking and savings accounts, debit and credit cards, domestic and USD international wire transfers, Treasury, venture debt, and more — and manage their business with confidence. Mercury also offers vibrant community programs that provide founders with the connections, advice, and resources to help them build the next great companies. Launched in 2019, Mercury is trusted by more than 100,000 startups.
*Mercury is a financial technology company, not a bank. Banking services provided by Choice Financial Group and Evolve Bank & Trust, Members FDIC.
Microsoft for Startups Founders Hub members get expedited application approval and $750 cash when you deposit $50,000 in your Mercury bank account within 90 days of approval. In addition members are eligible for $250,000 in accounting services, software and other perks.
Members also receive free checking and savings accounts, ACH transfers, domestic and international wires, and more (up to $30,000 in value).
Nick Dellis, Mercury VP of Revenue, said, “Mercury was created by founders for founders after experiencing first hand that other banking options just weren’t built for the modern entrepreneur. Like Microsoft for Startups Founders Hub, we prioritize and champion the experience and journey of tech-enabled founders. We are excited to partner with a community aligned with that vision.”
Miro is an online collaborative whiteboard platform to bring teams together, with hundreds of ready-made templates for startups. Whether it’s whiteboarding an idea, sprint planning, or customer journey mapping, Miro can help you and your team scale faster together.
Microsoft for Startups Founders Hub startups will have access to two market-leading offers from Miro:
- Team offer – ideal for teams of fewer than 10 workers, giving you credits towards the Miro Team Plan
- Growth offer – for larger teams, giving you one month free and a discounted subscription
Co-founder and CEO Chris Dial of Salutare said, “Salutare relies on Miro for product planning and deployment, from customer research to product ideas to specifications and SOPs for deployment. Customers love seeing the real time designs and project plans. It accelerates how fast we can propose, review, and give feedback on ideas. We can all participate together as one team. And we can use it anywhere on any device. A must have.”
Startups invest huge amounts of time and energy in ensuring the compliance of their products and services even as they are evolving and changing. Drata removes the pain of constantly revising your compliance and security status by automating this process.
Drata have waived their implementation fee and discounted the first year ($7,500 in value) for Microsoft for Startups Founders Hub members, enabling you to achieve continuous SOC 2, ISO 27001, HIPAA, & PCI DSS compliance.
Adam Markowtiz, co-founder and CEO of Drata said, “Early-stage founders continuously tell us they wish they had started prioritizing security & compliance earlier. Partnering with Microsoft for Startups allows Drata to help companies build a strong security posture from the start and set up for scalability as they go through their SOC 2 and other compliance framework journeys. Microsoft for Startups has accelerated our relationship with so many partners.”
Ansarada’s AI-powered virtual data rooms help startups automate processes, manage information governance, and deliver vital intelligence on user behaviour.
Microsoft for Startups Founders Hub members get 12 months of free access (up to $15,000 in value) to Ansarada’s board portal and curated startup deal room, which uses data from over 24,000 previous transactions to help you make more informed decisions about your fundraising strategy.
Microsoft for Startups Founders Hub member, Joachim Ackermann of Produgie, told us, “Ansarada was a very productive tool for us in our recent fundraising round as it got us quickly to a well-managed state-of-the-art data room.”
We’re excited to extend these partner offers to our Microsoft for Startups Founders Hub community and cannot wait to see how startups leverage these amazing technologies. Over time we will be releasing more startup-friendly offers from trusted partners, so watch this space to learn more about what we have coming soon for our community.
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