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Confluent for Startups Program launches in India to make real-time data easy for startups

Confluent, the data streaming pioneer, has announced its Confluent for Startups program in India. The program offers a risk-free way for India’s rapidly growing startup community to deploy the power of Apache Kafka® on Confluent Cloud, giving access to advanced real-time data streaming for up to a year, at no cost.


The program enables seed and A-round startups to deploy the power of Apache Kafka while maintaining the speed and agility that early-stage businesses need. Using fully-managed Confluent Cloud, early-stage businesses can set their data in motion to build smart, real-time applications, and bypass the pain of in-house development, or using less flexible alternatives with fewer features.


Tim Graczewski, Head of Confluent for Startups, commented: “The first 12-18 months is a pivotal stage for startups, yet too many have to rely on inflexible, makeshift data stacks that can’t support fast growth and rapid product development. India has a burgeoning startup scene and through our program we’re making real-time data real easy for these ambitious businesses, empowering them with the fully managed Confluent Cloud platform at a crucial stage.”


In addition to free access to the Confluent Cloud, startups benefit from ongoing account management and technical support, which includes:


  • Two hour-long sessions with specialist Kafka systems engineers to review their current data architecture.

  • Access to Confluent’s technical office hours online drop-in sessions, where questions will be answered by senior technical experts.

  • Ability to learn Apache Kafka® and Confluent with access to all Confluent self-paced and instructor-led training, and certification guidance.


Startups will also be welcomed to the Confluent Community, where other program members share experiences and help with infrastructure and business-related challenges.


Deepak Ajmani, Vice President of APAC Commercial, added: “Many startups face big challenges with budgets and small teams with limited in-house Kafka expertise. Through this program, we’re empowering early-stage businesses across India to get their infrastructure right from the start, with access to Kafka and Confluent experts to accelerate product and service development while dramatically reducing the in-house technical work.”


Startups across a range of sectors have already started to maximise their potential through the new Confluent program, including cybersecurity, fintech, crypto, and agritech. For information on how to apply, visit

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