Microsoft for Startups

Your partner in startup success.

Microsoft for Startups is a global program providing technology and business support designed to help B2B startups quickly scale.

Unlock exponential value for your startup team

Leverage Microsoft’s commercial marketplaces, our enterprise sales team, and ever-expanding partner ecosystem to reach key global customers.

Here are just a few ways our program members receive support:

  • A dedicated Startup Engagement Manager to unlock the right opportunities for your venture.
  • A customized Go-To-Market plan to maximize joint marketing and special events with Microsoft.
  • 24x7 technical support.
  • A worldwide enterprise sales force paid to connect your solutions to their accounts.

Sound good? Let's get started

Tap into resources to develop or migrate your solution, get it in front of customers, and scale your business.

Trial Microsoft for Startups
Designed for Individuals: Ideation Funded: Product Market Fit
Cloud Technologies

Azure Free Account

Microsoft Teams (Free)

Developer Tools

Visual Studio Community

Technical Support

Azure Basic Support

  • Unlimited 24x7 technical, billing and subscription support.
  • Work one-on-one with a Microsoft Engineer to architect, design, implement, migrate, or grow your applications.
Business Enablement

Microsoft Partner Network

  • Customized Go-To-Market plan tailored to your business.
  • Bidirectional qualified lead-sharing.
  • Go-To-Market and joint-selling opportunities.
  • Dedicated Success Manager support.
  • Quarterly account planning.
  • Customer access events.
  • Promotion via PR and social media.

Some helpful guidelines

We prioritize enterprise technology, or B2B, startups who can best serve our customer base and will benefit most from the program. New member applicants are evaluated using the following criteria:

  • Offering an innovative technical solution that supports customers in their digital transformation
  • Less than seven years in existence
  • Less than $25M in total annual revenue
  • Seed, Series A, B, or C stage (or validated equivalent)

How do I apply?

Microsoft for Startups works with select accelerators and VCs to support startups and startup ecosystems world-wide. If you are a funded startup interested in applying to the program, ask your startup-enabling organization for the Microsoft for Startups package sign-up details unique to your organization.

Access the application page.

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Frequently asked questions about Azure and Startups

  • Yes. Please refer to the following:

    • You must be engaged in development of a software-based product or service that will form a core piece of you current or intended business - this software must be owned, not licensed.
    • You cannot have received more than $10,000 of free Azure in the past.
    • Your headquarters must reside in the countries covered by our Azure global infrastructure.
    • You must be a privately held company.
    • You must operate a public website on your own domain.
    • Your contact email address domain must match your public website.
    • Your funding information must be verifiable.
  • We will contact you within 5-10 business days of submission.
  • The qualified offer is designed to help companies that are focused on growth, so it’s less applicable for consultancies and small businesses. If you are a small business or consultancy you can get started with a free trial.
  • Please contact us via the following form.