The startup program is uniquely designed for startups at any stage, offering specific benefits that support businesses as they scale their technology. The startup SKU offers free credits and a 70% discount for two years. The Free Tier account does not. The startup program also offers additional benefits, including mentoring, go-to-market support, and more resources than the Free Tier account.
We consider a startup to be any company—B2B or B2C, in any industry or technology space—that has not yet been acquired or gone public.
Yes. If you consider yourself a startup, you’re welcome to sign up.
We offer a separate program for researchers associated with academic and research institutions, Oracle for Research.
If you are not a startup or researcher, we invite you to explore Oracle Cloud Free Tier, which includes access to our Always Free services and a US$300-value, 30-day trial account that offers a wide range of Oracle Cloud services. You can find more information here.
If you’re an educator looking for computing resources for your classroom, Oracle Academy offers free curriculum, computing resources, and educator professional development. You can join Oracle Academy here.
There are no restrictions on industry or technology areas. We’re open to all types of technologies—but your company must be a startup.
No, the program is open to all startups, regardless of location.
No. Instead, we’ve extended our reach globally. We now operate in every region with virtual offerings to support startups, wherever they are. There are no longer any physical centers or cohorts, so there’s no need to go through an application or selection process. You’re welcome to join Oracle for Startups and begin building on Oracle Cloud today. Click here to get started.
Startups in our program provide solutions in transformative technology spaces such as AI, blockchain, IoT, customer experience (CX), and more. By partnering with Oracle for Startups, they save costs, scale up their technology, and have opportunities to connect with customers around the globe. To read all about the startups in our program, check out our blog.
To join the program and start your own Oracle story, click here.
Yes. Although both are pay-as-you-go (PAYG) accounts, they’re different offerings with different benefits.
Oracle for Startups gives users a 70% discount on IaaS and PaaS products for two years, as well as additional benefits, as part of the Oracle for Startups program. You can learn more here.
Startups will need a major credit card to join. PayPal is currently not available through the self-service enrollment process.
Yes. If you consider yourself a startup, you’re welcome to sign up.
Startups from all countries are able to sign up using a credit card via the self-service sign-up process. Please be sure you’re signing up in the correct self-service sign-up portal. If you’re still having problems, reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org
One startup account is allowed per email ID.
Oracle for Startups provides access to world-class technology at a 70% discount to startups for the first two years. On joining, you’ll also be given access to the Startup Portal, through which you can apply for additional free cloud credits, mentorship, migration support, and market connections.
Read more about the benefits of joining Oracle for Startups. Explore the program.
All startups receive US$500 in free credits when they join. You’re able to request US$1,000 additional credits once you’ve signed up for the Startup Portal and have begun to consume cloud credits. We also have a pay-to-earn program (PDF) where you can receive additional credits as you spend on Oracle Cloud.
Yes. Be aware that the amount you’ll receive can fluctuate and is dependent on the exchange rate against your local currency fixed at a certain point in our financial year. This can be more or less than the stipulated amount. You’ll also be able to apply for US$1,000 additional credits once you’re enrolled in the program.
Qualifying startups (PDF) are eligible to receive benefits for two years. The 70% cloud discount applies for two years from the date of enrollment. Specific benefits and the engagement level with our team vary as you progress through the program.
The free cloud credits received upon joining, as well as the 70% discount, expire two years after your startup enrolls in the program.
The Startup Portal is an exclusive benefit that links startups in the program to enterprise resources, migration support, cloud credits, market connections, and more. Startups can manage mentor requests, request migration assistance, apply for more cloud credits, and qualify for Market Connect directly from within the portal. It serves as a central hub to access resources and benefits on demand.
Login to the Startup Portal.
Credits to Scale (PDF) is an opportunity for startups to decide how much they want to spend on cloud and get two times their chosen amount in free cloud credits. This pay-to-earn promotion allows startups to take advantage of cloud they’re already using while getting free cloud in return—all with a 70% discount.
Startups simply choose the amount they want to use, and, once that is used up, we place two times that amount in their account so they can continue to scale on Oracle Cloud.
How it Works.
CSM representatives are not assigned to startups, but startups get access to an exclusive online Startup Portal for on-demand resources, mentoring, marketing, and more.
You’ll have the opportunity to access market connections to customers, venture capitalists, and events, as well as the potential to unlock media exposure, as you progress through the program.
Startups become eligible by completing specific requirements, including the use of Oracle products and services. You can access the qualification requirements in the Market Connect (PDF) section of the Startup Portal after signing up. These benefits apply to new participants in Oracle for Startups and not current Oracle customers.
Market Connect eligibility requires startups to hit key milestones.
Once these steps are completed, business development managers will connect startups with the Market Connect lead for their region. Startups will discuss their current sales, customers, use case, targeted industry verticals, and the technological aspects of their offerings with the Market Connect team.
The Market Connect lead will then, as appropriate, connect startups to opportunities for business expansion with Oracle Key Account Directors, analysts, events teams, and more.
You are welcome to share that you’re part of the Oracle for Startups program and are using Oracle technologies. You can use our logo via the Media Kit once you’re enrolled in the program.
We do have a specific process for commercial partnerships, however, which will be discussed on a case-by-case basis.
To be considered for the startup gallery, startups need to register for the Startup Portal and complete all the Market Connect steps. If your company is chosen to be featured on the site, the Oracle for Startups team will contact you for further information.
One of the benefits of Oracle for Startups is access to a wide array of resources and expertise. Our mentorship benefit connects startups with an experienced executive for one-to-one mentoring and advice on business, technology, go-to-market strategies, and more.
Oracle for Startups has a global technical team dedicated to supporting startups as they onboard and scale with Oracle Cloud Infrastructure. As part of the Market Connect portfolio of benefits, startups can also connect with mentors from within the Oracle product management organization.
With more than 430,000 customers, Oracle is an excellent partner for the startup seeking to grow their customer base. Reaching Market Connect eligibility through the Startup Portal is the first step for enrolled startups to begin accessing benefits such as customer connections.
Our business development and technical teams host regular webinars to support a startup’s journey to scale with Oracle. These live, interactive sessions include product guidance, demos, startup success stories, and Q&As. You can review and sign up for webinars.
There are also virtual events covering startup-specific topics including funding, partnerships, corporate acceleration, leadership and more—available both live and on demand.
You can find a full list of Oracle products and services here.
We provide all IaaS and PaaS products. Cloud credits cannot be used for SaaS products.
Yes, you’ll have access to these and other Oracle Cloud Infrastructure-based products and services. Examples can be found here.
Yes, migration support is offered on a case-by-case basis depending on your needs. Once you’ve joined, you can request migration assistance through the Startup Portal. Read about migration benefits here.
Yes, enrolled startups have access to MOS, plus the help of the Oracle for Startups team of technical experts.
Accounts have standard PAYG service limits. More information on service limits can be found here.
Quota limits for startup accounts are aligned with Free Tier/promotion account limits. More information on service limits is availablehere.
No. NetSuite pricing is determined by products, users, and more. There isn’t specific pricing for startups.
No. NetSuite SDN partners have access to a sandbox (the membership cost is US$3,000/year).
The 70% discount will apply for two years from the confirmation of your enrollment. It applies to all Oracle Cloud Infrastructure-related products and services.
The 70% discount will be applicable for the first two years upon enrollment. After that, you’ll be able to discuss with our team the best pricing options for your needs.
Yes, startups that enroll in our program will get access to the Always Free tier. Startups joining Oracle for Startups receive US$500 of free cloud credits at a 70% discount, with opportunities to apply for more as you use them up.
Startups also get Always Free services, such as Autonomous Database, which is free for an unlimited time, as well as two Compute VMs, 100 GB block volume, 10 GB object storage, 10 GB archive storage, and a 10 Mbps load balancer. Always Free is a great resource for anyone who wants to experiment, build, and test in Oracle Cloud.
Members of Oracle for Startups can see the Always Free services in their service console. More information is available here.
Yes. You’ll need to terminate your ‘Always Free’ cloud account, and then enroll in Oracle for Startups.
Please reference this page. See the section “Creating a service request using the console.” Log in to your trial account, as you need to make the request from the account you wish to terminate. You can log in here.
In the “Describe Issue” box, reference that you signed up for the Always Free account by mistake and that your intention was to enroll in Oracle for Startups.
All startups enrolled in the program will automatically convert to PAYG once the initial promotional credits are consumed. If a startup earns more credits at any point during the duration of the program, the account will revert back to the “free” mode and the startup will not be billed while credits remain in the account.
Startups can use the console to upgrade to a different pricing model at any point during the duration of the program (monthly flex or annual).
When a startup upgrades to a different pricing model (monthly flex or annual), any unused credits will be forfeited.
Yes, this is an option available to startups at any time. Please note that on conversion the startup-exclusive 70% discount will no longer be applicable.
Yes, startups can upgrade to monthly flex or PAYG at any time. There’s an option within the console to do so; this will connect them with an Oracle sales representative.
Yes. Once a startup has exhausted the initial US$500 credits, any additional spend will be automatically charged to the credit card provided upon enrollment.
PAYG customers are invoiced monthly.
The discount is applied on the back end and is not visible on the console. You can review your credit usage in the Account Management tab under Cost Analysis.
Open the navigation menu in the Cloud Console. Under Governance and Administration, go to Account Management and click Payment Method.
Click Edit Card.
Type your information and click finish.
Refer to this link.
Startup accounts receive a 70% discount off the standard rate card for all IaaS and PaaS.