The social network launched FbStart at its F8 global developer conference in San Francisco in April, providing developers with free tools and services worth up to $30,000 from Facebook and 11 other companies — Adobe, Appurify, Asana, BlueJeans, Desk.com, MailChimp, Proto.io, Quip, SurveyMonkey, UserTesting, and Workable — to help startups take off. Transifex and HootSuite were added to the list in May.
Facebook said in a post on its developer blog:
Today, we’re announcing that Braintree, Appmethod, and Get Satisfaction are joining FbStart, totaling 17 companies that now offer free tools and services worth up to $40,000 to our FbStart members. Braintree offers a payments platform to help apps accept payments from people, while Appmethod makes it easy to build native cross-platform apps with a single codebase. With Get Satisfaction, you can build an online customer engagement community, helping you connect directly with your customers.
Over the past month, we’ve been reviewing applications for the program, selecting high-quality mobile apps with the potential for continued growth that can immediately start taking advantage of the program and benefits. In just over a month’s time, we have already accepted more than 500 startups from 63 different countries. Over one-half of the accepted startups were from outside of the U.S.
Mobile apps already accepted into the program will hear from us shortly about these additional partners and their benefits. We are planning year-round engagement and events for our startup members, and will have more to share soon. The application for FbStart is still open; however, spots are filling up quickly, so apply today to ensure your mobile app gets considered for this year’s cycle.