Top startup resources - US federal government

Microsoft for Startups

Cullen Jones from the Microsoft Federal team and Amit Svarzenberg from Microsoft for Startups collaborate on Microsoft's startup program serving the US federal government. Government is an industry most startups choose not to focus on due to the complexities involved. We have the opportunity to work with numerous successful startups in the federal space where there is immense opportunity. We have put together this resource list to help startups from anywhere in the world learn how to work with the United States federal government.

Microsoft Cloud for Government

There is no shortage of opportunity across the federal government, however building solutions for a unique customer needs to be kept in mind. Microsoft breaks out federal into a few different sub-verticals and founders are always interested to learn about the strategies of each. As Satya Nadella, Microsoft's CEO, says, "Microsoft has always been a partner-led company."

From a technical perspective, working with the government requires special attention for your business. Microsoft empowers startups with world-leading cloud solutions and technology, while keeping security, compliance, and efficiency in mind. Below are links to general resources to help you get started with building your solution for the federal government.

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  • Microsoft Learn for Azure: Free training to help you with all aspects of Microsoft's cloud

One of the biggest reasons startups choose not to work with the government is because of compliance and regulation. Microsoft makes this easy with industry-leading compliance standards across Azure. We have offerings in place to help you achieve standards like FedRAMP, ATOs, CMMC and more. These links offer more details on how Microsoft can help your startup.

Small Business Government Opportunities

A good place to start with working in the federal government is with small business and innovation organizations. There are numerous opportunities here exclusively for small businesses. The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs are great sources of non-dilutive federal funding that can open doors to long-term sustainable contracts. The below links are places to look for these opportunities.