Grow your startup on Heroku

Heroku is a cloud-based, platform-as-a-service (PaaS) that gives startups a powerful solution for building, deploying, and operating their business-critical apps. The Heroku platform is fully-managed, meaning that we take care of servers, hardware, and infrastructure, so you can keep your team lean and focused on product.

The Heroku for Startups Program provides teams with the resources they need to quickly get started on Heroku—including platform credits, technical support, and networking. You can use Heroku platform credits to pay for essential platform resources and services to run your apps, including:

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The Heroku for Startups Program helps companies get access to the resources they need to quickly build and scale their business. The program delivers a package of resources, including platform credits that can be applied to a variety of Heroku products and services, as well as technical support and networking. Heroku offers a number of packages through select startup accelerators, incubators, Seed, VC funds, and other startup-focused organizations globally.

If you are a startup accelerator, incubator, Seed, or VC fund interested in making a Heroku for Startups package available to your companies, please complete the online form below and we will get in touch with you shortly.

General FAQs

Q: What is the Heroku for Startups Program?

A: We developed the Heroku for Startups Program to help companies get access to the resources they need to quickly build and scale their business. The program delivers a package of resources, including platform credits that can be applied to a variety of Heroku products and services, as well as technical support and networking. We are continually looking for ways that we can expand the program in future.

Q: Who is eligible to participate in the Heroku for Startups Program?

A: Heroku works with select startup-enabling organizations to offer a Heroku for Startups package of resources to their members. Please check with the program director of your startup accelerator, incubator, Seed, or VC fund for more details on eligibility.

Q: What if my accelerator or incubator does not offer a Heroku for Startups Program package?

A: If you are a member of a startup-enabling organization that is not currently working with Heroku, please encourage your organization to complete the form below and become a part of the Heroku for Startups Program, so you and your fellow members can enjoy the benefits.

Q: Do I need to be a Heroku customer to join the Heroku for Startups Program?

A: Yes, you must have an active Heroku account with a valid credit or debit card on file. If you don’t yet have an active account, sign up for Heroku for free.

Q: How do I apply for the Heroku for Startups Program?

A: Please check with the program director of your startup accelerator, incubator, Seed, or VC fund for more details on how to apply.

Q: How long does it take to be accepted into the Heroku for Startups Program?

A: The time it takes to verify applications varies depending on how many requests we receive. Usually, applications are processed within 5-10 business days.

Q: Will I be notified if my company does not qualify for the program?

A: Yes, we will notify you via email if your company does not qualify for the program.

Q: I’ve been accepted to the Heroku for Startups Program. How can I use my platform credits?

A: Your platform credits can be applied to a variety of Heroku products and services, such as dynos, data services, and third-party services available through our Heroku Add-on marketplace. We are continually looking for ways that we can expand the program in future.

Q: How do I migrate my applications to Heroku?

A: Learn more about the range of Heroku deployment methods and how to prepare your codebase to deploy your apps to Heroku in our Dev Center.

Q: Can I transfer my credits to a Heroku account associated with a different company?

A: No. Only the company that originally applied for the credits can use the credits.

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If you are a startup accelerator, incubator, Seed, or VC fund interested in making a Heroku for Startups Program package available to your companies, please complete this online form and we will get in touch with you shortly.

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