The team over at Rackspace have launched an Australia & New Zealand Startups program which includes up to $24,000 of Cloud Hosting (up to $2,000 per month), advice, mentoring, support and more for 12 months.

Residents of River City Labs can apply for the Rackspace Startups program (via: http://www.rackspace.com.au/startup) and receive the following benefits:

Credit on Cloud Hosting and Services:

  • 12 months of free Rackspace Cloud Hosting and Services to a maximum spend of $2,000 per month; this covers: Cloud Servers, Managed Cloud, Cloud Files, Cloud Block Storage, Cloud Backup, Cloud Databases, Cloud Monitoring, Cloud Load Balancers and Cloud-DNS. They also offer Developer tools including an additional 20% discount on ObjectRocket MongoDB-as-a-Service.

Education, Advice and Mentoring:

  • As well as providing free up-front Cloud architectural planning support to help teams scope, deploy and run a cloud customized for them, they also offer award-winning Fanatical Support® to all customers to help them manage their cloud environments ongoing and scale their infrastructures as they grow. On top of this they work with partners to offer education and mentoring support outside of hosting and cloud in areas such as marketing, values and culture, customer service, and international expansion.

Marketing Support:

  • Help to increase your visibility by leveraging Rackspace’s marketing platforms in the form of ’Startup Stories’ blog posts, video interviews, white papers, and social media. Where appropriate, they’ll also help to list their solution in the Rackspace Cloud Tools Marketplace so you can gain exposure to potential customers and partners looking for cloud-based solutions.

Relationship Building and Connections:

Contacts are the fuel of startups and so they will actively look to make connections for program members with other relevant businesses, partners, influencers and potentially other Rackspace clients.