AWS Activate provides startups with a host of benefits, including AWS credits*, AWS support plan credits, and training, to help grow your business. Activate benefits are designed to give you the right mix of tools and expert support so you can succeed with AWS while optimizing performance, managing risk, and keeping costs under control.

How To Get Free AWS Credits in 2020


Brex is an emerging platform for startups to manage their credit cards, payments, and other financial information. Their cards are packed with benefits for startups, including up to $5,000 in AWS credits. If you’re building a new company, it’s certainly worth considering using Brex as a platform.

Product Hunt

Product Hunt is a great platform. We’ve had multiple projects featured on Product Hunt, and it can drive early customer adoption when used correctly. Their Ship platform allows startups to claim up to $7,500 in AWS credits. There is a monthly fee for Ship, but the program offers a tremendous amount of benefits to early stage companies.


AWS has partnered with TechSoup Global to provide up to $2,000 per year in AWS credits. For nonprofits, this is a great advantage, and you reap the benefit annually as opposed to once.

AWS Activate

AWS Activate is Amazon’s premiere program for startups. Through Activate, startups are eligible for up to $100,000 in AWS credits. Check here to see if your funding institution is an Activate partner.

Work with an AWS Partner

Not eligible for Activate?

If you want to reap the benefits of significant AWS credits, but you aren’t funded by an AWS Activate partner, then there is still another option. Working with a certified AWS Consultant may allow you access to a significant amount of credits. This is a great solution for companies that are emerging startups or existing enterprises that are looking to transition to AWS from another cloud provider or on-premise solution.