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Linode Rise


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 for startups program. 


Linode Rise Startup Program

Become a Linode 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.

"As part of Linode’s Startup Program, the Macrometa team has received the needed support to build the foundation and infrastructure to launch their company into the marketplace. "[The Linode 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 Linode Rise Member

Step 1

Download Rise Program brochure and then complete the application process.

Step 2

If your business qualifies, a Linode team member 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 next steps are established with the program coordinator.

Linode Rise Membership Qualifications:

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

Frequently Asked Questions

How is the Linode Startup Program different from other programs?

We built Linode Rise to help us propel our company’s vision forward - accelerate innovation by making cloud computing simple, affordable, and accessible to all. We are deeply committed to the developer community and embrace our role in providing an alternative to costly and complex choices in the market today. Linode Rise partners with entrepreneurs who have a dream and a plan and just need a leg up in realizing that vision. We don’t just take any applicant. We look for applicants who have a conviction for what they are doing, believe in surrounding themselves with the right partners, and make the most of the resources they have. If you are an existing Linode customer, you must plan on expanding workloads on Linode to qualify for Linode Rise.

How many businesses are accepted in the program?

Rather than set limits to the number of members, we are relentless in making sure we find the right members for the program. However, from time-to-time, we do fill up. In those times, we can add you to our waiting list for first consideration for when the program becomes available again.

How much can I expect to save by being a part of the program?

Linode Rise provides a scaled discount based on qualifications throughout the three years of the program.

Year 1: Start with a minimum of $500 in cloud infrastructure and then earn as much as 100% off list price capped at $10,000/month in free credit.

Year 2: As much as 50% off list price.

Year 3: As much as 25% off list price.

How long does the Linode Startup Program run?

The program runs for three years, but members can leave at any time. Additionally, after those three years, alumni of the program continue to receive product discounts.

If I don’t meet all qualifications or what Linode looks for, what other options are there for me?

Please apply if your business is less than 5 years old. We have other programs that we can potentially direct you to that may be more appropriate for your needs.

Can my business be headquartered anywhere in order to be eligible?

Linode is a US-based company, and we are happy to work with any businesses in any country that the US government allows.

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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