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Confluent Cloud startup program FAQs

What is Confluent Cloud?

Confluent Cloud is the industry's only fully managed, cloud-native event streaming platform powered by Apache Kafka. Apache Kafka is an open-source, distributed streaming platform that enables 100,000+ organizations globally to build event-driven applications at scale. Built and operated by the original creators of Apache Kafka, Confluent Cloud provides a simple, scalable, resilient, and secure event streaming platform for the cloud-first enterprise, the DevOps-starved organization, or the agile developer on a mission.

What is the Confluent Cloud startup program?

The program offers $10,000 in Confluent Cloud promo value to early stage startups. The program is designed to help startups build event-driven applications quickly and easily using Confluent's fully-managed Cloud product.

Confluent is partnering with Y Combinator to launch this program, and participation will initially be limited to current and past YC portfolio companies. Please see eligibility requirements below.

How can I apply for the program?

Please fill out the application and someone from our team will contact you.

How do I know if my startup qualifies for this program?

Startups are chosen based on the following eligibility criteria

  • YC current batch or alum
  • Company is Series A or earlier funding stage
  • Less than $5MM total funding
  • Not a current Confluent Cloud commitment customer
  • Has not previously participated in Confluent's startup program

What if I am not a YC portfolio company? Can I still apply?

Unfortunately, we are not yet accepting applications from companies outside of the YC community. However, Confluent works with companies of all sizes to offer the right products for your needs. Please contact us to find out how we can help.

When will I hear back on my application?

We will get back to you within 5 business days after you submit your application.

What will I get for being part of the program?

You will receive a promo code worth $10,000 for redemption against Confluent Cloud products and support. Here are some examples of what you can do with $10,000 on Confluent Cloud.

UnitsLength (months)Cost / unit / monthTotal cost
Scenario 1: Dev cluster on Basic; Prod after 6 months
Basic cluster112~$50$600
Standard cluster16~$1,500$9,000
Developer support112~$29$348
Scenario 2: Development environment with ksqlDB
Basic cluster312~$50$1,800
ksqlDB (CSU)412$158$7,603
Developer support112~$29$348
Scenario 3. Development environment with S3 Sink Connector
Basic cluster612~$50$3,670
S3 Connector112$400$4,800
Developer support112~$29$348

How will I receive my promo value?

You will receive instruction in an onboarding email if your startup is selected for the program. You will need to sign up for a Confluent Cloud account and provide us with the Cloud Organization ID of your newly created account. After receiving this information, we will generate a unique promo code for your organization and send it to you via email. You will have 30 days to claim the code by entering it on the Billing & payment page directly within your Confluent Cloud account. For more information, refer to instructions here.

Where can I view the promo value applied to my Confluent Cloud account?

You can view your promo value usage and remaining balance on the Billing & payment page.

Can I transfer my Confluent Cloud promo value to another account?

No. The promo value is uniquely generated for your organization and cannot be shared or transferred to another account.

What will happen if I use up all my promo value?

That's great! Sounds like you're building some amazing applications on Confluent Cloud. Please contact sales if you would like to learn more about ongoing discounts for your organization and access to additional resources and services.

You may also continue to use your existing account with no disruption in service. Beyond the $10,000 promo value, you will be charged for any additional usage on a monthly basis moving forward. You can find the detailed pricing info here.

Does the promo value expire?

The promo value will expire one year from the date you the code is redeemed via the Confluent Cloud Billing & Payments interface. Any unused promo value will be forfeited at the time of expiration.

What if I have leftover promo value at the end of 12 months?

All unused promo value will be forfeited on the expiration date shown on the Billing & payment page within the Confluent Cloud web interface.

Additional usage beyond that point will be charged on a monthly basis moving forward. You can find the detailed pricing info here.

What type of technical support is included in Confluent Cloud for Startup Program?

Access to technical support is as easy as signing up to one of our paid support plans through the web UI. Just like with any usage of Confluent Cloud, support costs can be covered with your promo code balance.

Developer Support is recommended to maximize your product experience. You can find more support plans and pricing info here.