Rackspace says it has given away almost £250,000-worth of cloud hosting services and support to 300 members of the Rackspace Start-ups Programme, since it started in the UK six months ago.

Start-up members have also received mentoring, expert technical advice and access to networking events. All the benefits are provided by Rackspace through over 50 partners, including incubators, accelerators, associations and investors.

Jeff Cotten, managing director of Rackspace International, said: “It’s been incredibly satisfying to watch the UK start-up programme ramp up as more and more entrepreneurs take advantage of the cloud computing resources and other benefits on offer.

"We were a start-up once, and know how important support like this is to new companies seeking to innovate and disrupt markets as rapidly and inexpensively as possible."

Matt Bandy, co-founder of social and business network GetLunched, said: “The Rackspace Start-up Programme has been essential to our growth so far. We use Rackspace’s cloud to host GetLunched.com, which allows us to keep IT costs to a minimum and gives our infrastructure the scalability and performance we need to manage demand. We’ve also benefited from Rackspace’s start-up support."

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