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Reach your next milestone with Microsoft for StartupsMicrosoft for Startups is built for all founders at any stage to reach their next milestone through personalized technical tools and business resources. Designed to support all founders from idea to exit, Microsoft for Startups brings together the technology, guidance, and support you need to hit your next milestone. Microsoft for Startups is a global program supported by a team of startup veterans and industry experts committed to providing founders with the resources they need, when they need them, regardless of where they are in their startup journey.
From access to the Microsoft cloud including Azure, Teams and GitHub to deep technical support and mentorship, our goal is to provide a customized set of offerings and resources that grow with these companies from idea to exit.


  • You must be engaged in the development of a software-based product or service that will form a core piece of your current or intended business – this software must be owned, not licensed
  • Your Startup has not already received more than a total of $10,000 in free Azure
  • Your headquarters must reside in the countries covered by our Azure global infrastructure
  • Your startup has not gone through a Series D or later funding round
  • Your startup must be privately held. Your startup must be a for-profit business and is not an educational. institution, government entity, personal blog, dev shop, consultancy, agency, bitcoin, or crypto-mining company


  • Unlock up to $150,000 in free Azure credits
  • Get free access to powerful development and productivity tools including GitHub and Microsoft 365
  • Receive mentorship guidance from business and technical experts
  • Access startup friendly-offers from Microsoft partners
  • Get free access to VivaTech onsite event

About Microsoft

At Microsoft, our mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more. Our mission is grounded in both the world in which we live and the future we strive to create. Today, we live in a mobile-first, cloud-first world, and the transformation we are driving across our businesses is designed to enable Microsoft and our customers to thrive in this world. We do business in 170 countries and are made up of 144,000 passionate employees dedicated to fulfilling our mission of helping you and your organization achieve more.