Cloud infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) provider ProfitBricks has announced the availability of the ProfitBricks Foundation Program -- an incentive program for startups. Qualifying startups are eligible receive ProfitBricks' virtual data centers at a reduced cost for one year. ProfitBricks originally launched its startup program to New England-area startups in December and is now offering the same incentives to startups across the United States. 

Startups with at least one U.S. office and revenue of less than $1 million per year are eligible for the program. Companies will receive 20 percent reduction in price on their IaaS services from ProfitBricks for one year and gain access to a cloud server from ProfitBricks for one year without cost to the startup. According to the company, ProfitBricks' simple pricing model provides startups with the freedom to avoid long-term contracts and complex traditional cloud computing pricing models.

"Startups demand a cost-effective cloud computing alternative and ProfitBricks is answering that call," said ProfitBricks USA CEO Bob Rizika. "Our unmatched overall performance using InfiniBand technology is an industry first and current Foundation Program startups are already experiencing the benefits. We are ready to give startups nationwide the additional incentive to get up and running faster."

A similar partnership was formed between ViaWest and startup ecosystem Galvanize in December of 2012 to help Denver-area startups get off the ground—and into the clouds.