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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.
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Microsoft for Startups Founders Hub
A platform that grows with you.
Accelerate innovation through Microsoft AI
Infuse AI into your product with free OpenAI credits and up to $150k towards Azure's leading AI services for all skill levels—from beginner to expert.
Ship faster with essential tools and technology
Get the tools and tech your team needs to build with up to $150k in Azure credits, GitHub, Microsoft 365, LinkedIn Premium, and more.
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.”
CEO and Co-Founder, Gytpol
Unlock limitless innovation with AI
Harness the power of AI with free access to industry-leading AI services, accessible for every startup.
Build with AI from day one with $2,500 of OpenAI credits and up to $150,000 of Azure credits to use across Azure AI services.
Automate feature implementation with free access to Azure OpenAI Service, including GPT-4*, ChatGPT, and DALL·E 2 for every level of expertise.
*GPT-4 currently available by waitlist only
Deploy with peace of mind, knowing all deployments are secure and backed by Microsoft’s principles for responsible AI.
Keep your startup current on opportunities in AI through content, programming, and meetings with experts.
“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.”
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.
Expand your network with 1:1 access to a global team of experts and mentors
Access and 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, fundraising, and much more.
“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.”
CEO and Co-Founder, Chambr
Speed up development and conserve runway with essential tools and technology
Up to $150,000 in Azure credits
Credits can be used across Azure products so you can run experimental development across our portfolio, including Azure OpenAI Service. Credits are redeemable over time so you have the support you need, when you need it.
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.
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, business tools like Stripe Atlas, and so much more.
“Access to Azure AI services and the broader Microsoft product portfolio give us the ultimate building experience.”
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.
Why build your startup on Azure?
Industry-leading AI innovation
Future-proof your startup by accessing Azure’s industry-leading AI infrastructure, trusted by OpenAI, 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.
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.
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 chosen by startups looking to sell to enterprises in any industry.
“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.”
CEO and Co-Founder, Abnormal Security