Aiven helps startups navigate growth with free tech package

01 December 2021

HELSINKI, Finland – Today, Aiven, a software company that combines open source technologies with cloud infrastructure, has opened applications for its new startup program, to aid emerging startups scale fast. The free scheme provides startups with access to market-leading data infrastructure and access to Aiven’s support and expertise, allowing them to focus on their core business.

Startup programs are cornerstones for a multitude of businesses, imparting expertise and resources that help to drive innovation and growth. Aiven’s involvement in a startup program provided a strong foundation for its success story.

Aiven’s CEO Oskari Saarenmaa comments: “For most businesses, the initial years are both the most important and most challenging. The requirement to build technological infrastructure and other frameworks that are necessary for day-to-day operations take away time and resources that could otherwise be spent on value-add tasks that can contribute to the growth of the company.

“At Aiven we understand that startups need faster time to market, robust tools, and total control of their data to gain competitive advantage. Startups need to have confidence that their tech stack will just work without anyone having to waste time babysitting it. That’s time away from what matters for them. And as they focus on scaling quickly, it's critical the tech stack isn’t a bottleneck for growth.”

With a strong track record of giving back to the open source community through its open source program office (OSPO), Aiven is looking to further drive innovation in the wider technology community through the launch of Aiven’s Startup Program, Cluster.

The full benefits of the program include:

  • $100,000 Aiven credits for 12 months
  • Access to Aiven’s expertise and knowledge
  • Aiven solutions and technical support
  • Virtual events about products and practical use cases
  • Promotion through Aiven’s social media channels

Aiven’s long-term investor Earlybird has joined the program as an investor partner. “We are excited to endorse the Cluster program among our portfolio companies. Cluster’s offering is compelling to young startups who want to be both cost-efficient and infrastructure agnostic. Aiven’s team manages databases at a scale and quality level that's unbeatable for an individual organisation”, says Dr. Hendrik Brandis, Co-founder and Partner at Earlybird.

To be eligible to apply to the program, startups must have an affiliation with a partner accelerator, incubator, or venture capitalist, be no older than five years, or achieved funding past Series A. Startups must also possess a full company website and email address.

The application period runs from December 1st to January 16th, with the decision period then ending on February 11th and the program beginning on February 14th.

To learn more about Aiven Cluster, visit: https://aiven.io/cluster

About Aiven

Headquartered in Helsinki and with hubs in Berlin, Boston, Paris, Toronto, Sydney and Singapore, Aiven provides managed open source data technologies, like PostgreSQL, Kafka and OpenSearch, on all major clouds. Through Aiven, developers can do what they do best: create applications. Meanwhile, Aiven does what they do best: manage cloud data infrastructure. Aiven enables customers to drive business results from open source that trigger true transformations far beyond their own backyard. Most recently, Aiven achieved a $2B unicorn valuation and has now raised $210M total funding backed by Atomico, Earlybird, First Fellow, IVP, Lifeline Ventures, Salesforce Ventures and World Innovation Lab. To learn more about Aiven, visit aiven.io and follow @aiven_io on Twitter.

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