Facebook wants to help developers gain their footing on the platform. The company is now accepting applications for FbStart, a program announced at f8 that helps developers build, grow and monetize their apps using Facebook.
Initially, FbStart was only open to developers who attended f8, but now Facebook is accepting applications from any mobile developer with an app that has been live for at least 30 days. FbStart developers will receive help and support from Facebook and Parse, as well as other free services.
Facebook’s Vijay Shankar wrote about the FbStart program in a blog post:
FbStart will offer events, programs, and best practices for participating developers, with the expectation of year-round opportunities to engage with the Facebook team. By providing mobile app developers with the essential services you need to get your business up and running—or to take it to the next stage of growth—we’re hoping to help expand the overall app ecosystem.
When you apply to FbStart, you can choose between two tracks: Bootstrap, for apps that are just starting out, and Accelerate, for apps that have shown initial traction are now trying to grow and scale. We want to make FbStart a great solution for developers of different sizes.
Here’s a list of current FbStart partners:
- Adobe – Creative services
- Appurify – Mobile app testing
- Asana – Project management
- Blue Jeans – Cloud-based video collaboration service
- Desk.com – Customer support app
- HootSuite – Social media monitoring
- MailChimp – Email marketing
- Proto.io – Mobile app prototyping
- Quip – Mobile productivity suite
- SurveyMonkey – Online survey platform
- Transifex – Localization
- UserTesting – Usability testing
- Workable – Recruitment