Amazon Activate

Amazon Web Services has a free program for startups at CIC called AWS Activate, which provides you with the following:

– $5,000 in AWS credits valid for 2 years.
– Free access to the AWS Essentials 1 day web-based or instructor-led training (normally ~$600/course), plus 8 tokens for self-paced labs (normally ~$30/lab).
– Two months of premium AWS Business Support (up to $5,000).
– Free access to 1:1 virtual office hours with AWS solutions architects.
– Special offers from other companies that help startups, including Chef, Bitnami, Amazon Payments, SOASTA, Podio, CopperEgg and more.

To get signed up, email

Microsoft BizSpark

BizSpark is a suite of Microsoft products, services, and credits designed to give startups the tools they need (software, licenses, tech support, cloud services), as well as market visibility in their network at no cost for 3 years. CIC has recently become a network partner, which means that, as a CIC client, you don’t need to apply directly to Microsoft for to receive these benefits, CIC can pre-approve you.

To qualify, Microsoft requires that your company be less than five years old, be privately held, have less than $1 million (U.S.) in revenue, and be developing software. At the end of three years, companies graduate, retaining perpetual licenses to all the software used while in the program and significant discounts on support and new software. While pre-approval is a benefit for CIC clients only, your Bizspark membership is not contingent on you remaining a CIC client. Once you have been approved, the benefits are yours as long as Bizspark allows.

To learn more about the program, please visit the BizSpark website ( If you are interested, please fill out this form ( and someone on CIC staff will reach out to you with a pre-approved registration link. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to

Rackspace Startup Program

Through CIC’s partnership with Rackspace, CIC startups can now apply to RackSpace’s Startup Program. Qualifying startups can get $2,000 per month credit for a year on public cloud, private cloud, or dedicated server hosting (or a combination of all three), up to $24,000 in credit total. In addition, you get free access to 24/7 app architecture support, promotion, and business and brand mentorship. You can apply by following this link: