Grab growth by the horn

We're giving away one free year of Zendesk to qualified startups.

To grow is human, to scale is magical

Some say smooth, swift scaling is a myth—but those people don’t believe in unicorns. Zendesk allows companies to grow fast and build quality relationships with users based on critical feedback. Tools like Email Ticketing, Help Center, Mobile SDK, and Chat are easy to set up and enrich with data from other sources.

Cozy with your company

Zendesk meets startups exactly where they are. Whether it’s self service, email, or embedded support, Zendesk functionality embeds natively into any app, website, or standalone device. This increases the efficiency of support interactions and keeps friction for users to a minimum.

We play nice

It’s tough to commit when you’re still young. Zendesk has hundreds of integrations in our apps marketplace, so you don’t have to choose. If you’re eager to build your own integration, you can with Zendesk’s flexible framework. Below are a few of our favorite integrations for startups:

  • Mailchimp logo Mailchimp
  • Github logo GitHub
  • Gmail logo Gmail
  • Slack logo Slack
  • Harvest logo Harvest
  • Freshbooks logo FreshBooks

Built using Zendesk

Built using Zendesk
  • Box
  • Baublebar
  • Shopify
  • Expensify

How to Qualify

Qualified startups:

  • Are new to Zendesk
  • Have less than $1M in funding
  • Are associated with one of our partner incubators or accelerators listed below (optional)
  • Should apply the coupon code to their trial before purchasing

Zendesk for Startup credit is worth $117 for 12 months (equivalent to 3 seats on the Team plan and 3 seats on the Live Chat Basic plan).

Apply for our startup program

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Thanks for your application to the Zendesk Startup program.

Unfortunately, you are not eligible for our program as you do not meet all of the program requirements. However, it sounds like you’ve got some good traction and we hope you’ll consider signing up for our Zendesk Essential Plan. It’s a steal at $5/month, and thousands of businesses use it every day to provide great customer service. Not ready to commit just yet? Inbox, our free collaborative email for teams, or Zopim Lite, our free chat tool, might be of interest. Learn more at

Congratulations! You’re eligible for 12 monthly credits of $117. Woohoo!

Follow these instructions carefully:

1. Write down this promo code: [ZZZ]
2. You must start a new trial from this page to work with your code.
3. Once inside your Zendesk, click Buy Now, select your plan with monthly billing and input your code.

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Our team will be in touch with you via email within 2-3 business days to let you know if you’ve been approved.

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Zendesk Supports Socially-Minded Startups

Zendesk is pleased to announce a new opportunity under the umbrella of its Zendesk for Startups program that will provide hands-on mentorship to socially-minded startups. Beneficiaries will receive a $25K financial contribution, office hours with our executive team, and office hours with key personnel to help you build and scale your business. Our first beneficiary in 2016 is Be My Eyes.

Interested? Learn more by sending us an email.

Partner incubators

  • 500 Startups logo
  • AngelPad logo
  • DreamIt logo
  • Plug and Play logo
  • Startup Chile logo
  • TechStars logo
  • The Family logo
  • Y Combinator logo

Don’t see your incubator here? Fill out this form to join our partners.