Confluent announces program to simplify real-time data for startups

Deepak Ajmani, Vice President of APAC Commercial at Confluent
Deepak Ajmani, Vice President of APAC Commercial at Confluent

Confluent, the world-renown data streaming pioneer, has announced its Confluent for Startups program in Australia. The innovative program offers a risk-free way for Australia’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. 

What is the market offering of the program?

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

In addition to free access to the Confluent Cloud, participant Australian startups will also 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.

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

What does the program mean for Confluent?

Tim Graczewski, Head of Confluent for Startups, said: “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. Australia has a burgeoning startup scene and through our program we’re making real-time data easy for these ambitious businesses, empowering them with the fully managed Confluent Cloud platform at a crucial stage.”

Deepak Ajmani, Vice President of APAC Commercial, commented: “Many Aussie 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 Australia 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, cryptocurrency, and agritech.

For information on how to apply, please visit the website.