Become an IBM Express Start Business Partner

Becoming an IBM Express Start Business Partner is quick and easy. Let's make this relationship official in a couple of simple steps.

After you become an IBM Express Start Business Partner, you can enjoy the benefits.

Step 1:

Sign up for an IBM ID

  • Create your personal IBM ID that gives you access to PartnerWorld information.

Step 2:

Register your company

  • Create a profile for your company and accept the IBM PartnerWorld Agreement.
  • The person registering your company has to be authorized to sign agreements on behalf of the legal company.

Step 3:

Apply for an IBM Express Start relationship

Make sure you are listed as an Authorized Profile Administrator (APA) defined in your HQ location.

  • Use the Apply now button below to sign in with your IBM ID and password.
  • Click on "Relationship Management"
  • Next click "Apply and Manage Relationships"

You will be prompted to view and accept the terms and conditions of the IBM Express Start relationship. You can preview these in the Agreements and Operations Guide below.

Additional resources to help you complete the application:

Applicable products

  • Software & appliances - Open distribution product
  • Cloud Services - SaaS entry products
  • Systems hardware, related software & services - Storage S1 and Power P1

A list of Software products in each product group is available in price files that are a part of Passport Advantage/ Passport Advantage Online program.

Download a list of products in each product category for:


IBM Express Start Business Partners may place orders with their preferred IBM Distributor.

  • Find an IBM Distributor in your country:

For assistance

  • Step by step user guide
  • List of documentation you will be requested to provide with your application.

For immediate assistance contact PartnerWorld.

If you have any questions along the way, please contact PartnerWorld Contact Services

Please note that you will need an IBM ID to access most of the information on PartnerWorld webpages referenced in this guide. Apply for your IBM ID in the section Become an IBM Business Partner.

Some of the conditions may vary by country. PartnerWorld will always be able to advise you on the applicable terms.