FbStart update: 17 companies offering support, 500 developers in program

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Facebook’s FbStart program, aimed at helping startup app developers find success on the platform, is growing. The social network announced that there are now 17 companies who have joined Facebook in offering help and support to newer developers.

Braintree, Appmethod and Get Satisfaction are the newest of FbStart’s 17 partners, which offer up to $40,000 in services. So far, the program has accepted more than 500 developers in 63 countries.

Facebook Product Marketing Manager Kevin Prior blogged about FbStart’s progress:

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 half of the accepted startups were from outside the United States.

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.

Startup developers can still apply for FbStart (though sports are filling up quickly) by clicking here.

Photo by Praneendra Kuver for Inside Facebook.

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