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Build the future

Microsoft for Startups Founders Hub helps startups radically accelerate innovation by providing access to industry-leading AI services, expert guidance, and the essential technology needed to build a future-proofed startup.

Open to all—sign up in minutes with no funding required.

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Investors go niche and early in AI startup deals

From Pitchbook and Microsoft for Startups: Discover key trends in the AI startup space including record financing, outlier deals, and opportunities at the cutting edge.

Microsoft for Startups Founders Hub

Discover a platform that grows with you.

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Accelerate innovation with free access to leading AI models

Get up to $150K (USD) to use toward free access to the latest generative AI models, including OpenAI GPT-4.

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Ship faster with essential tools and technology

Get the tools and tech your team needs to build with up to $150k (USD) in Azure credits, GitHub, Microsoft 365, LinkedIn Premium, and more.

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Unblock barriers with expert guidance

Solve business and technical challenges quickly with unlimited 1:1 meetings with experts from Microsoft.

“No other cloud provider comes close to what Microsoft offers startups.”

Tal Kollender
CEO and Co-Founder, Gytpol

Drive limitless innovation with AI

Get free access to industry-leading AI services, accessible for every startup.

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Build with AI from day one with up to $150K (USD) in credits to access leading AI models through Azure, including OpenAI GPT-3.5 Turbo and GPT-4, Llama 2 from Meta, and more.


Experiment with large language models for free with $2,500 (USD) in OpenAI credits.


Get 1:1 expert advice from Microsoft AI experts, plus content and programming to keep you up to date.


Deploy with peace of mind, knowing all deployments are secure and backed by Microsoft’s principles for responsible AI.

“How we differentiate from competitors is by centering our infrastructure around AI.”
“We are focused on building and delivering the best experience to our customer—and Microsoft’s outstanding AI tools and infrastructure solve the problems our customers need to address.”

Andy Pandharikar
CEO and Founder, Commerce.AI

Grow your startup with access to expert guidance

Technical advisory and consulting

Access 1:1 technical advisory with expert engineers at any stage to get help across a range of topics, including learning the latest in AI, choosing the right products, optimizing infrastructure, reducing costs, boosting performance, and road mapping.

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Expand your network with 1:1 access to a global team of experts and mentors

Learn from subject matter experts, successful former founders, and venture capitalists from M12 who can provide unlimited 1:1 guidance on topics including industry best practices, scaling your organization, go-to-market strategy, and fundraising.

“We’ve been blown away by this level of help, and plan to use it more as we continue to scale our business.”
“By connecting with experts from the Microsoft network, we’ve been able to gain invaluable insights on our Teams integration, co-selling with Microsoft, fundraising, AI, and more.”

Alex Poe
CEO and Co-Founder, Chambr

Speed up development and conserve runway with essential tools and technology

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Up to $150,000 (USD) in Azure credits

Conserve runway while you build with AI. Credits can be used across Microsoft AI products and include access to a range of models including OpenAI GPT 3.5 Turbo and GPT-4, all backed by the security promise of Azure. Credits are redeemable over time so you have the support you need, when you need it.

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Free access to the development tools your team depends on

Startups in Founders Hub get free access to GitHub Enterprise, VS Code, Azure OpenAI Service, and more.

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Startup-friendly offers from trusted partners

From development to compliance and security, our startup-friendly offers help you do more with less. Access dev tools like Bubble​, sales and marketing platforms including LinkedIn Premium and LinkedIn Sales Navigator​, and business tools like Stripe Atlas, and so much more.

Run more efficiently with free access to Microsoft tools and platforms

Microsoft Teams |Microsoft 365 | GitHub Enterprise | Visual Studio | Microsoft Azure | Microsoft Dynamics 365 | Microsoft Power Platform
“Access to Azure AI services and the broader Microsoft product portfolio give us the ultimate building experience.”

Jyoti Kukreja
Chief of Staff, Aisera

Support throughout the startup lifecycle

As your startup grows, Microsoft for Startups Founders Hub offers specialty programs that can provide additional support at every step of your journey.

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Why build your startup on Azure?

Industry-leading AI innovation

Future-proof your startup by accessing Azure’s industry-leading AI infrastructure, that includes large-scale models and easy-to-use APIs, at any stage in your journey.

Azure makes deploying AI easy so you can focus on what matters—your customers.

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Integration with the dev tools you love

Azure's integration with GitHub, VS Code, and more means reduced time-to-market with streamlined workflows, automated deployments, and fewer devs required.

We’re open source friendly, too, so you can use the tech you prefer, including Python, Node.js, MySQL, and PostgreSQL.

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An all-in-one platform for SaaS startups

We’re proud to have the longest-running program designed to help startups sell into the enterprise, unmatched by any other cloud.

With enterprise-grade security and compliance features, Azure is a leading choice for startups looking to sell to enterprises in any industry.

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“We decided that to be a high-growth company selling to the Fortune 1000, it made business sense to partner with Microsoft and to build on Azure.”

Evan Reiser
CEO and Co-Founder, Abnormal Security

Discover the startups we’re helping scale to the next level

Take your idea to the next stage with Microsoft for Startups Founders Hub

Leading AI innovation | Azure credits | Development tools | Expert guidance

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