Need Some Extra Dough for Your Startup?

By: Carlie McKeon  |  December 23, 2014

business-news-alert-1Want access to a global network of support and entrepreneurs?

If you have a startup idea that you think you have the skills to build, a new partnership between Amazon Web Services (AWS) and online education portal edX will hook you up with $1,000 in credit for completing one of two courses on entrepreneurship.
AWS provides businesses with low cost, easy-to-use infrastructure needed to scale and grow. AWS Activate is designed to provide you the resources needed to get started on AWS. Join some of the fastest-growing startups in the world and build your business using AWS.

Unless you’ve already taken some classes on building a startup, you’re not going to be able to completely BS your way through MITx’s Entrepreneurship 101 or 102 on edX. You actually have to pass the course, but once you make your way through the coursework, you automatically receive $1,000 in credit to spend on processor time and/or storage in Amazon’s cloud.

You also get a few more bonuses meant for those more comfortable with code than administrating infrastructure, including credit for instructor-led training and web classes on using AWS, free support at Amazon’s premium tier, and “office hours” with Amazon specialists who can help figure out how to architect your app or service for Amazon’s instances.

Take a look at the EdX partnership info below. Classes start on January 9, so you have some time before committing.

What do I get?

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

Am I Eligible?

1. Enroll in the verified track in Entrepreneurship 101 or Entrepreneurship 102
2. Receive a passing grade in the course
3. The AWS offer is limited to one per person

How does it work?

When you pass either Entrepreneurship 101 or 102 as a Verified student, you will receive an email with a code that you can use on the AWS site.

Step 1: Sign up at AWS with the coupon code provided

Step 2: Fill out the form edX will email you with your student email address, name and AWS account number

In approximately three weeks, AWS will confirm your eligibility and grant access to your AWS credit.

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