Azure for startups

Run lean, stay agile and grow fast

Open source welcome

Azure really is open source friendly and flexible. Use the tools you already know. From Node.js to Ubuntu, bring your favourite open source software tools and technologies to Azure and explore the possibilities. Plus, Azure Marketplace supports your favourite Linux distributions including Debian and SUSE.

Innovation acceleration

Great ideas are why you have got a startup, right? Accelerate your innovation with Azure’s application platform. Build simple to complex projects with an easy-to-use and consistent portal experience that offers the cloud services you need most.

Trusted global scale

Startups may start small, but you will be ready to grow fast and go far, achieving global scale in 34 local regions. Azure has strict processes and practices to secure the platform and also empower you to protect your data and mission-critical applications.

What other startups are saying


Acast unlocks the hidden potential of podcasting for listeners, creators and advertisers.

Read the case study


Affinio harnesses big data to help big brands better engage with their consumers.

Read the case study


LogDNA uses machine learning to rapidly identify and resolve production problems.

Read the case study

Helping startups get started

We are ready to get you up and running—and ready to grow fast. Get started now.

Ready to help you grow

From idea to IPO, Microsoft is uniquely equipped to support startups at every stage of your journey. Whether it is technology enablement, business growth through accelerators and venture funding or connecting you with customers, learn how we can help you grow.

Microsoft Ventures

Microsoft Accelerators

Free account

Get $200 in Azure credits and 12 months of popular services—free

Visual Studio

Subscribers get up to $1800 per year of Azure services


Join Microsoft for Startups and get free Azure services