Amazon Web Services unveils AWS Activate for startup cloud customers

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has announced the availability of AWS Activate, a structured package of resources for startups, including AWS credits, training, developer support, a special startup community forum and special offers from third parties.

AWS Activate bundles resources in packages, designed to enable startups of different types to easily and quickly get started with AWS and successfully use the AWS platform to help grow their businesses.

Cloud computing allows startups to go beyond the often restricted resources they have and use on-demand, pay-as-you-go services that can be adjusted as needed, while allowing these startups to focus on what really matters – serving their customers and innovating.

AWS Activate helps address startups’ needs for technology, support, knowledge sharing and additional resources that make it even easier to use the cloud to grow their businesses.

The service is offered in two packages: A Self-Starter package, which any startup can apply for, and a Portfolio package, which can be applied for by startups in select accelerator, incubator, venture capital seed funds or entrepreneur organizations.

Amazon web servicesThe company has also launched the Startup Forum that gives them a way to learn from and interact with a community of peers building world-changing apps on AWS.

Startups accepted into AWS Activate may have access to special offers, such as product discounts, from select third-party companies in the AWS ecosystem, providing startups with additional valuable technologies and tools.

With the Self-Starter package, startups receive access to AWS free usage tier, one month of developer-level AWS support, Web-based training and one self-paced lab, AWS Startup Forum and access to offers on products from select third-party companies.

With the Portfolio package, eligible startups receive AWS credits, business-level AWS support for up to one year, Web-based and instructor-led training, including class labs and credit for four self-paced labs, startup forum privileges and access to offers on products from select third-party companies.

“Many of the world’s most successful startups already build their businesses on the AWS cloud. Based on feedback from VCs, startups and entrepreneurs, we developed AWS Activate to help even more startup organizations get going quickly by leveraging AWS to help build their business,” said Adam Selipsky, vice president, Amazon Web Services.

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