Amazon has teamed up with online course provider EdX to offer $1,000 in Amazon Web Services credit to people who complete one of two classes from MIT on entrepreneurship.
It’s a move that could help get people with business ideas off the ground thanks to Amazon’s cloud services and the know-how they pick up in the class itself.
Both classes are focused on training budding entrepreneurs through case studies of companies founded by MIT alumni. Entrepreneurship 101 is focused on identifying the customers for a new business, while Entrepreneurship 102 tackles reaching a customer with a new product.
Students shouldn’t expect to coast through the courses, though: both classes run for 12 weeks, and the description for each says that the professor expects that students will have to put in an average of four hours of work every week. The credits are also only available to people who sign up for a “verified” certificate of completion, which requires that they pay a minimum $50 fee.
The promotion is only available to people who haven’t taken the courses before. In addition to the credits, which will last for two years, students also get a free instructor-led or online training from the AWS Essentials program, 8 self-paced AWS Essentials labs, one month of premium support and free access to one-on-one virtual office hours with AWS architects.