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Receive USD 1,000 a month for 12 months

Recommended if you:

  • Integrate services from the IBM Cloud Catalog
  • Build or extend your application with AI
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Receive USD 3,000 a month for 6 months

Recommended if you:

  • Migrate workloads to IBM Cloud®
  • Modernize an existing application
  • Build or join a blockchain network
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Why build with IBM?

As an independent software vendor (ISV) or cloud solution provider, embracing an open hybrid cloud strategy enables you to deploy applications on any cloud with speed and agility—and increase your value with clients and prospects.

IBM can help you get those solutions to market faster with enhanced credibility and value. Technology such as Red Hat® Open Shift®, IBM Cloud and industry-specific clouds are designed to give you the flexibility to reach clients in all lines of business.

By leveraging cloud credits, technical support, development resources, go-to-market support and more you can create, migrate and deliver AI, hybrid cloud and other technology solutions your clients demand with agility and at scale.

Here’s what you can expect as a partner:

  • Open and secure technology to build and deliver your products and services
  • Technical and development support through the integration process
  • Entry into markets where you may not already have access
  • Go-to-market support, including co-marketing funds and co-sell opportunities
  • Up to USD 18,000 in IBM Cloud credits to offset costs
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Partner resources

Becoming a partner unlocks a rich suite of technical, educational and go-to-market resources with benefits designed to help cloud-native partners accelerate profitability when building and selling integrated solutions.

A few resources include:
IBM Partner Center

An intelligent console to discover and integrate IBM technology, track usage, get personalized resources, and seamlessly connect to the IBM Cloud Catalog and Red Hat Marketplace.

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Product certification Certify your product with IBM and reassure clients and prospects of your commitment to security and quality. Technical and development support Develop MVPs faster with code patterns, hands-on workshops, and expertise from technical architects and Developer Advocates. Go-to-market support Access co-marketing and growth funds to boost marketing and co-sell to drive new business and speed sales cycles. IBM Cloud credits

Offset the costs of development or migration with up to USD 18,000 in credits

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When ready, certify your solution and monetize it more quickly with global visibility through IBM’s network of sellers, partners and digital marketplaces—including Red Hat Marketplace, an open cloud marketplace that makes it easier to discover and access certified software for container-based environments in public clouds and on premises.

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Are you a startup? You’re covered too.

Startup partners can receive similar program benefits as mature ISVs—including up to USD 120,000 in IBM Cloud credits—through Startup with IBM.

Learn how IBM partners build and scale smart


This partnership is designed to provide independent software vendors (ISVs) with enterprise-grade technology and expertise to help solve problems and get innovative products to market faster. ISVs can leverage IBM’s leading hybrid cloud platform and Red Hat OpenShift to build secure solutions to deploy on any cloud infrastructure. You’ll receive access to IBM’s global ecosystem to expand your network and learn how others build and sell with IBM, providing you insights to better engage customers, grow your business and increase revenue.

ISVs will have access to a host of advantages.

  • Cloud credits: Use IBM Cloud credits to build and access more than 100 IBM Cloud products and services covering data and AI, containers, IoT and DevOps.
  • Technical support: Improve your MVPs faster with code patterns, hands-on workshops and support from technical architects and mentors.
  • Deploy anywhere: Build solutions to run on any cloud and pursue clients with almost any infrastructure. Use a full-stack hybrid cloud platform and market leading container management platform Red Hat OpenShift to scale up faster.
  • Security: Scale with confidence on IBM Cloud—a platform trusted by 10 of 10 of the world's largest banks and 47 of the Fortune Top 50. Your data is protected with high compliance data encryption and edge-to-cloud threat management defenses.
  • Grow faster: Grow your business faster by putting your enterprise product in front of regulated industry clients who work with IBM's industry cloud partner ecosystem as well as over 2,000 Red Hat OpenShift clients using Red Hat Marketplace.

Log into the IBM Partner Center, where you can request cloud credits, access an online console, training, go-to-market support and more to create, migrate and deliver AI, hybrid cloud and other technology solutions that clients demand.

Here’s what you can expect from IBM as a build partner:

  • Open and secure technology that can help improve your products and services

  • Technical support through the integration process with your products

  • Entry into markets where you may not already have access

  • Up to USD 18,000 in cloud credits

Build with IBM is for technical experts who want to develop secure products and deploy faster to any cloud. It's also for business leaders who want to showcase solutions on IBM’s marketplaces to access IBM’s global community of partners, clients and developers.
  1. 1. Technology vendors in any industry who are building and selling solutions. B2B startup companies may be eligible to receive benefits in the Startup with IBM program.

  2. 2. Users of IBM Cloud who are not existing IBM Business Partners.

Here are the most common reasons why your application may be declined:

  • You've already created an IBM Cloud account that is currently in PAYGO or subscription mode.
  • Your IBM Cloud trial account has expired.
  • Your contact email address is not from your company's domain or is from a free email service.
  • Your website is non-functioning.
  • The company description is incomplete or provides too little information.
  • To qualify, your company must have a core foundation growing its own intellectual property as a standalone service or solution. If your company specializes in consulting, it does not qualify.
  • Your company is already enrolled as an IBM Business Partner, joined Startup with IBM, or has already participated in an IBM credit-based program.
  • Your application was deemed to be suspicious.
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