OpenShift Startup Program

From development to launch to scale, the OpenShift® Startup Program is designed to give you the resources, support, and environment you need to succeed.

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Features and Benefits

The OpenShift Startup Program is free to join and gives you access to a package of benefits.

OpenShift account credit

$750 in credits for 6 months, enough to develop and launch your application and continued credits once you're ready to scale.

Customer support

Enjoy the award-winning Red Hat® support provided to OpenShift Online Pro customers.

Experienced startup team

Communicate with an experienced team for application and operational support, marketing opportunities, early access program consideration, product feedback, and more.

Marketing opportunities

Get featured in the OpenShift Application Gallery, the OpenShift Blog, social media, or on our customer pages to help promote your products.

Red Hat OpenShift Online

OpenShift takes care of operations so you can focus on your product. Write in the languages and frameworks you choose, and leverage the security, scaling, and support from Red Hat.

Extended community

Receive prioritized access to early access and beta services, invitations to speak at local events, access to OpenShift Commons, and the ability to tell your story to a wider audience.


Learn how the OpenShift Startup Program has helped privately-held software startups

OpenShift Startup Program FAQs

You will be notified within 2 weeks if you have been accepted into the Startup Program at which point you will be asked to confirm enrollment. Only accepted applicants will be notified, although we may contact you if we need additional information.

The Red Hat OpenShift Online Startup Program provides $750 in credits for 6 months. This can be applied toward the $50 platform fee for the OpenShift Online Pro plan, which includes 2GiB memory and 2GiB persistent storage, Red Hat professional support, custom domains, and prevents your applications from automatically idling.

Due to high demand, please allow up to 2 weeks for us to review your application. Only startups that have been accepted into the program will be notified.

The account credits are initially applied for 6 months, but extensions, discounts, and custom options can be negotiated based on your participation and need.

In addition to the award-winning Red Hat® support, you will have a dedicated contact for any additional questions you have. See the support scope and OpenShift Online Pro Basic SLA for more details.

Ready to apply?

If you are a privately-held software startup developing a SaaS-based product or service and looking for resources on OpenShift Online, please apply. See the FAQs above for country and other restrictions. If you are a non-profit, educational institution, open source initiative, or freeware provider, please consider applying for the Resource Grant Program.

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