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From your first test user to your millionth customer, receive infrastructure credits that you can use on affordable cloud infrastructure products, including virtual machines, GPU instances, and cloud storage. Join Rise, our cloud computing startup program.


Linode Rise Startup Program

Become a Rise Member

Grow your startup with powerful and easy-to-use cloud infrastructure, cut your monthly cloud bills in half, plus these and other benefits.

Cloud Infrastructure Education for Startups

Infrastructure Credits

Qualify immediately for $500 in cloud infrastructure and earn up to $120,000 during your first year.

Cloud Infrastructure Advisory Services for Startups

Cloud Consulting

Leverage cloud architecture experts to help you build, launch, and scale your business.
Dedicated access to solution engineers to co-create the best solutions that drive profitability for you and your customers

IT Services

Cloud professionals offer guidance on architecture, migrations, and more ($250/hour value).
Cloud Infrastructure Community for Startups


Connect with other program members, alumni, advisors, and Linode resources.
Cloud Infrastructure Support for Startups


Prioritized 24/7/365 award-winning customer support via phone, email, or social media.

"The Macrometa team has received the needed support to build the foundation and infrastructure to launch their company into the marketplace. "[The Linode, now Akamai, team] has been hands-on and fantastic to work with, and really gave us a lot of support to help us get started."


Process to Become a Rise Member

Step 1

Review the Rise Membership Qualifications below and then complete the application process.

Step 2

If your business qualifies, one of our team members will schedule an interview with you to review your application.

Step 3

Following acceptance to the program, your credits are added to your Linode account and the next steps are established with the program coordinator.

Rise Membership Qualifications:

  • Current business has not previously been a part of Rise.
  • Your business is established, is less than seven years old, has a company website, and corporate email. 
  • Your plans include Linode, now Akamai, as one of the primary providers of your infrastructure.
  • If you are an existing Akamai Cloud Computing customer you must plan on expanding workloads to qualify for Rise.

Frequently Asked Questions

Apply to the Rise Startup Program

Receive between $500 and $120,000 in cloud credits during your first year in Rise.
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