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What types of startups can apply to Microsoft for Startups Founders Hub?

To apply for Microsoft for Startups Founders Hub:

  1. Your startup must be engaged in the development of a software-based product or service that will be a core part of your current or intended business - this software must be owned, not licensed from another party.
  2. Your startup has received less than $10,000 in free Azure credits.
  3. Your headquarters is in one of the countries covered by Azure.
  4. Your startup has not gone through a Series D or later funding round.
  5. Your startup must be privately held.
  6. Your startup must be a for-profit business.
  7. Your startup is not an educational institution, government entity, personal blog, dev shop, consultancy, agency, bitcoin, or crypto mining company.
Why was my startup accepted, but allocated fewer than $150K in Azure credits?

Every startup that is accepted into the Microsoft for Startups Founders Hub is assigned to one of three levels. 
The level to which you are assigned is determined by where you are in your startup journey and details provided in your application. As your company and Azure usage grow, you can submit requests to move to the next level and unlock up to $150,000 of Azure credits and additional benefits.   


Here are the criteria for each level when applying for Founders Hub: 


Level 1 with $1000 USD of Azure credits  

  • Your LinkedIn profile is updated and verified. 

  • You clearly describe your startup’s software solution.  


Level 2 with $5000 USD Azure credits  

  • Your startup meets all Level 1 criteria. 

  • Your startup’s incorporation or legal entity status is verified. 


Level 3 with $25,000 of Azure credits  

  • Your startup meets all Level 2 criteria. 

  • Your startup’s domain is verified. 

  • Your business contact email matches your website domain. 

  • You have provided a product demo video. 


Visit our Getting More Benefits section to learn how you can move to the next level with additional requirements, including Level 4 with $150,000 of Azure credits.


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Why do I need to have a LinkedIn account to apply?


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What if my startup is self-funded? Can I still apply?


Can I modify my application after it is submitted?

Application Decision

My application was declined. When can I reapply?


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How long does it take for my application to be reviewed?

Microsoft for Startups Pegasus Program

How can startups apply to the Microsoft for Startups Pegasus Program?


What’s the difference between Founders Hub and the Pegasus Program?


What is the Microsoft for Startups Pegasus Program?


What is Founders Hub?
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