Esri Startup Program Onboarding Orientation Blog Series

Blog Post created by KDecker-esristaff Employee on Nov 11, 2015

Esri Startup Program Orientation Blog Series:

The Esri Startup Program has built an Esri Startup Orientation blog series to help you succeed. The focus audience for this blog is primarily accepted and actively enrolled Esri Startup Emerging Partners but we encourage prospective startups to review the content. The series covers a high level orientation and guides to get started on the following topics:

For a bit of background on Esri and the Startup Program, continue reading to learn more.



Who is Esri?

Esri is the market leader in geospatial mapping technology and is used by more than 350,000 organizations worldwide. Our platform delivers location-based solutions for the cloud, mobile, desktop and server. Learn more about our products, esri.com/software/arcgis and developer resources, developers.arcgis.com.

    • Established: 1969

    • HQ: Redlands, CA, USA

    • Revenues: $1+ bn

    • Employees: 3,500+

    • Offices: 10 regional offices in the USA

    • Distributors: 80+ outside the USA

    • Partners: 2,500+ across the world


What is the Esri Startup Program?

The Esri Startup Program is a global program that helps software startups succeed by giving them complimentary up-to three year access to ArcGIS online services, software development tools, ready-to-use content, training, technical support, global partnership opportunities, and co-marketing to help entrepreneurs starting technology product businesses with a mapping and location component, www.esri.com/startups.


Program Qualifications:

Esri reserves exclusive rights for determining eligibility. At minimum, your startup must

  • Build software products, as opposed to offer consulting services.
  • Be founded less than three years from the date of application.
  • Generate less than $1 million in annual revenue at the time of program entry.
  • Align to Esri's strategic goals for the program.


How do you select members? What are the expectations of accepted startups?

The program selects technology-focused startups based on their ability to articulate their product idea and product market fit. Beyond the minimum qualifications, we’re seeking startups who will grow into the next generation of Esri partners. In order to further qualify for the program, we expect startups to be committed to developing and providing a high caliber solution, aligned to the ArcGIS Platform, where real business value is delivered to markets. 


This means you demonstrate and support the following throughout our partnership:  

  • A solid business strategy, supported by a capable team
  • Deliver immediate value by configuring first, and customizing second
  • Esri basemaps included on presentation layers  
  • Solutions developed on the most current version of ArcGIS
  • Create and register web maps, apps, and content
  • Use ArcGIS as the system of record to store & maintain geographic information
  • Integrations with Esri user’s ArcGIS systems
  • Leverage unique ArcGIS identities (named user model) for everyone accessing the platform
  • Ensure customer success by providing initial and ongoing guidance, long-term support, and returns on their technology investments 
  • Commitment to support the GIS community


When you apply, consider

  • How is your solution going to drive adoption of the ArcGIS platform?
  • How can Esri help you drive greater adoption of your solution?


To apply, visit, esri.com/startups.


About the Program:

  • Founded by Esri in 2012 to offer tools and support to help startups succeed.

  • No cost, up-to three year program provides online services, software, support and training to help jumpstart product development.

  • Hundreds of startups from across the globe are enrolled in the program.

  • Access to Esri’s global community of over 350,000 clients, 3,500+ Esri employees, selling into 100+ countries serving customers across all 7 continents.

  • Members join as an Emerging Partner in the Esri Partner Network (EPN), a network of more than 2,500+ partners worldwide.

  • Includes opportunities for co-marketing and networking with industry experts.


Meet the Esri Startup Program Team:

We’re an agile team with a virtual team that spans the globe. We work to help incubate the new wave of entrepreneurs working with Esri and the ArcGIS platform. You can always reach our team by emailing, startups@esri.com.

Program Staff:

International Program Staff:

Questions? Reach out to us at startups@esri.com


Why does Esri have the Program?

Esri is committed to equipping startups with the necessary GIS technology to realize their product and business development goals on their own terms and in the shortest amount of time. Through the Startup Program, Esri’s goals are to:

  • Help innovative software companies gain valuable experience and expertise in Esri technologies, with no upfront costs.

  • Stimulate solutions for web, mobile, or desktop and promote innovation and interoperability.

  • Support the broadest possible startup audience in a way that complements their values and the organizations that support them.

  • Help startups establish connections with Esri’s global customer base, thriving partner network and enable co-marketing opportunities.


We help startups go-to-market in every country and every sector around the world. Learn more about the different markets work with: esri.com/industries


How can I Engage with the Esri Startup Community?


    To apply visit, esri.com/startups.


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