Esri Startup Program Orientation: Program Benefits

11-11-2015 10:02 AM
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This is the first blog in the Orientation Series, the next blog is Acceptance & Onboarding.

Esri Startup Program Orientation:

Program Benefits

The Esri Startup Program provides software, online services, training and support, content, and other opportunities for startups to build location and mapping into their product. Below read more to learn about the specific offerings provided.

What You Get - Esri Startup Program

Software & Online Services:

In order to support rapid design, development, testing, and commercialization of you application Startup Partners are provided with benefits package which grants access to various no-cost software licenses and subscriptions.

NewAs of February 2019 - current startup program benefits include: 

Startup Partner Package which grants access to various software licenses and subscriptions. Highlighted foundational software includes: 


  • Three ArcGIS Developer Plans - Enterprise Level, explore which ArcGIS products and capabilities you require. Quickly geo-enable your apps using Esri's online services and SDKs or develop in the API of your choice and deploy on any device.


Demonstration and Marketing Use:

  • A variety of licenses are included to support demo, marketing, training or evaluation of Esri software.

Prior to February 2019 startup program benefits include: 

Technical Support, Training, & Professional Services:

We enable you with an entire suite of training and support options, giving you access to our detailed knowledge base, documentation, blogs, forums and more. Our ArcGIS experts can answer your questions and provide assistance to help you build your apps.


Esri Support community is granted with the software and services in the program. Visit the Support Center to better understand your licensing and registration questions. Take advantage of our knowledge base on latest releases, whitepapers, and more.

  • Esri Technical Support:
    • Visit, for contact details, support analysts are available to help you. If international, please contact your local distributor support. 
  • Esri Startup Team or Local Distributor: 
    • We encourage your to review technical resources on the Esri Partner Community Portal first. While we cannot commit to helping you with your development efforts, if you gather very specific requirements surrounding your development and go-to-marketing needs we may be able to provide some technical guidance. Please inquire with your partner manager account owner or  


Training is essential for you to jump-start your productivity. As part of the program you are provided with unlimited free E-learning courses giving you the flexibility to learn when you want, from where you want. In addition, Esri provides a variety of no-cost activities for you to grow and succeed. Visit and learn more about our ArcGIS resource center, in depth documentation, active technical forums, useful videos, informative blogs, and more.

Professional Services:

Esri Professional Services supports customers and partners in the effective implementation and application of ArcGIS software. A range of consulting services are available to assist designing inventive enterprise GIS solutions to meet your business goals, including our startup quick start package. Inquire with

Community & Co-Marketing:

Become Part of a Knowledgeable and Passionate Community.

We support you with a variety of opportunities to help you grow. Leverage and participate with an extensive community of experienced entrepreneurs, partners, developers and GIS thought leaders. As part of the program you get access to the following benefits:

  • Inclusion in the Esri Partner Network as an Startup Partner.

  • Exclusive use of the official Esri Startup Program - Startup Partner custom emblem.

  • Two complimentary registration passes to each of the following premier Esri Events (See this blog for details on how to register, Event Benefits for Esri Startup Program Partners 😞

    • Esri Federal GIS Conference (FedGIS), over 3,500 federal GIS professionals and government leaders gathering in Washington, D.C. for inspirational sessions, training, and networking.
    • Esri Developer Summit (DevSummit), more than 2,500 GIS enthusiasts, over 300 technical sessions and the latest for building applications for web, desktop and native environments.
    • Esri Partner Conference (EPC), exclusive annual meeting for Esri's global partners and distributors who are reshaping the world through the application of geospatial technology.
    • Esri User Conference (Esri UC), the world’s biggest GIS event, over 15,000 GIS professionals and developers, covering content on how to implement and use the technology across hundreds of thousands of organizations.
  • Consideration for low cost “Startup Zone” exhibitor spaces to showcase your product at Esri events.

  • Opportunities to co-market with Esri sector teams and developer/GeoDev evangelists via case studies, newsletters, website promotion, and more.

  • Listing on the Esri ArcGIS Marketplace for valid submissions.

Become Part of Our Community

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Next Blog in Series: Acceptance & Onboarding

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About the Author
Marketing and technology entrepreneur for the Esri Startup Program. A global program that helps software startups succeed by giving them free three year access to Esri's 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. I build relationships and business with startups, Esri Partners, customers, accelerators and incubators to help them grow, thrive, and leverage the Esri ArcGIS Platform.