Cloudflare for Startups

Cloudflare for Startups is our initiative to help startups accelerate and protect their Internet properties. Our goal is to share the power of Cloudflare’s network and solutions with the startup community.
Cloudflare for Startups is by invitation only.
How to get started
Step 1: Sign up here for a free account with Cloudflare.
Step 2: Invited startups, please fill out the form below. You will receive an automated confirmation email upon filling out the form and again when your Cloudflare for Startups account has been activated.

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Why work with Cloudflare

Cloudflare is the security, performance, and reliability company on a mission to help build a better Internet. Today it runs one of the world’s largest networks that powers anything connected to the Internet, with its services being used by everyone, from nonprofits and SMBs to Global 2000 companies and top government organizations.

The Cloudflare global network

Our vast global network, which is one of the fastest on the planet, is trusted by millions of web properties.

With direct connections to nearly every service provider and cloud provider, the Cloudflare network can reach 95% of the world’s population within approximately 50 ms.


cities in 100+ countries, including mainland China


networks directly connect to Cloudflare, including every major ISP, cloud provider, and enterprise

172 Tbps

global network edge capacity, consisting of transit connections, peering and private network interconnects

~50 ms

from 95% of the world’s Internet-connected population

When you sign up for Cloudflare for Startups you will receive one year of free service, which includes:

Unmetered mitigation of DDoS attacks with network prioritization
Global CDN
100% Uptime
24/7/365 Email Support
Role-based account access
Advanced web application firewall (WAF) with 50 custom rulesets
Image optimization
Mobile acceleration
100 page rules

As well as special access to some of Cloudflare’s newest solutions:

Cloudflare Workers

Cloudflare Workers allows developers to augment existing applications or create entirely new ones through a lightweight execution environment without configuring or maintaining infrastructure.

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Cloudflare Stream

Cloudflare Stream provides out-of-the-box video infrastructure that handles storage, encoding, and delivery. Using the Stream API, customers can build video functionality affordably and with minimal engineering effort.

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Cloudflare Zero Trust

Cloudflare Zero Trust replaces legacy security perimeters with our global edge, making the Internet faster and safer for teams around the world.

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Cloudflare Images

Cloudflare Images lets you set up an image pipeline in minutes. Build a scalable image pipeline to store, resize, optimize and deliver images in a fast and secure manner.

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Cloudflare for SaaS

Offers the benefits of Cloudflare’s SSL management to SaaS company’s customers. Allows SaaS customers to use their custom vanity domains while maintaining a branded customer experience, improved SEO rankings, and all the perks of dedicated certificates.

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Advanced Certificate Manager

Advanced Certificate Manager is a flexible and customizable way to issue and manage certificates in Cloudflare. Customers use Advanced Certificate Manager when they want something more customizable than Universal SSL but still want the convenience of SSL certificate issuance and renewal.

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Cloudflare Image Resizing

Resize images for a variety of device types and connections from a single-source master image. Images can be manipulated by dimensions, compression ratios, and format (WebP conversion where supported). It is a feature of Speed→Optimization on the Dashboard.

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Argo Smart Routing

Argo Smart Routing improves Internet performance by intelligently routing end users through less congested and more reliable paths over the Internet using our network.

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Cloudflare Spectrum

DDoS protection, firewalling features and performance benefits for any TCP or UDP based application (such as gaming, FTP, email etc.)

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Cloudflare Load Balancing

Improve application performance and availability by steering traffic away from unhealthy origin servers and dynamically distributing it to the most available and responsive server pools.

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Cloudflare Waiting Room

Cloudflare Waiting Room allows organizations to route excess users to a custom-branded waiting room, helping preserve customer experience and protect origin servers from being overwhelmed with requests.

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Area 1 Email Security

Comprehensive email security solution to eliminate the risk from phishing, which is the root cause of damage in 95% of all cybersecurity incidents. Configuration with Google and Microsoft in 5 minutes.

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Startup Program Terms

Acceptance into the Startup Program is at the discretion of Cloudflare. The Cloudflare Startup Plan is for a one year subscription and is subject to product-specific usage limitations described on the Cloudflare for Startups page. The Startup Plan may be used in addition, but not in replacement, to an existing enterprise subscription. You will be required to create a Cloudflare account and your use of our services is subject to The Startup Plan does not include account management, 24/7 enterprise telephone support, service level agreement, or edge-side code support.