Year Two of FbStart: New Benefits, Partners, Track for Startups

The second year of Facebook’s FbStart program to assist mobile application startups brings with it new benefits, new partners and a new development track.

The second year of Facebook’s FbStart program to assist mobile application startups brings with it new benefits, new partners and a new development track.

Facebook introduced FbStart at its 2014 F8 global developer conference, with the aim of providing developers with free tools and services.

Product marketing manager Kevin Prior announced in a developer blog post that FbStart distributed more than $100 million worth of benefits to more than 3,800 startups in its first year, adding that new partners in the initiative include:

Prior also discussed the new track and packages for FbStart in the blog post:

We launched FbStart with two tracks: Bootstrap, for early-stage mobile startups with recently launched apps; and Accelerate, for established mobile apps that have demonstrated a sustained level of growth in their target markets. Over the course of the first year, we more than doubled the value of each track’s benefits to more than $30,000 and $80,000, respectively.

This year, we’re introducing a new track and additional packages to better serve startups:

  • Pre-launch track: Designed to provide partner benefits such as domain hosting, access to legal services or wire-framing services, for example, that mostly help developers who are still building out ideas and haven’t launched their app.
  • Games package: Offered in addition to standard FbStart tracks, the Games package includes mentorship from the Facebook Games team and benefits relevant to game developers.
  • Social Good package: Offered in addition to standard FbStart tracks, the Social Good package includes mentorship opportunities with the Internet.org team and exclusive partner benefits like growth and fundraising consulting from I.G. Advisors, social media consulting from Social Misfits and access to services from Praekelt Foundation.

And FbStart announced a 20-city world tour, kicking off in London June 1. The preliminary schedule is:

  • June: London, New York
  • July: Denver, Mexico City
  • August: Chicago, Hong Kong, Montreal, Seoul, Toronto
  • September: Singapore, Taipei
  • October: Bogota São Paulo, Seattle, Vancouver
  • November: Boston, Buenos Aires, Los Angeles, Helsinki
  • December: Austin

Prior wrote in detailing the world tour:

FbStart is truly a global community — more than 60 percent of FbStart members are located outside North America, and some of our top member countries are India, the U.K. and Brazil. Over the past year, we hosted startup events in more than 10 countries including Brazil, Germany, Israel, and the U.K., and in 2015, we’re doubling that investment with a 20-city world tour that kicks off June 1 in London.

Readers: What are your initial impressions of year two of FbStart?