SOLIDWORKS for Startups

Get Free SOLIDWORKS software, training, and co-marketing resources at no cost to help you succeed.

What is SOLIDWORKS for Startups?

Entrepreneurs use SOLIDWORKS to conceive, design, test, manufacture, and launch amazing products. If you’re ready to bring your ideas to reality, the SOLIDWORKS for Startups program is here from you.

Watch a recorded session to learn about the program in detail, and discover how entrepreneur partner Emilio Lopez, Co-Founder & CEO, SOP Technologies, was successful with SOLIDWORKS help.

Am I eligible to receive free SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD software?

The SOLIDWORKS for Startups Program is for early- to mid-stage hardware startups. Your company must meet the following acceptance criteria:

  1. Designing and building a physical product with an aim to sell it in the market
  2. Less than $1M in revenue
  3. Not more than 5 years old

The program is not open to current SOLIDWORKS customers, service providers, engineering/design firms, consultants and contract manufacturers.

Overview Demo

Get to know SOLIDWORKS for Startups

SOLIDWORKS for Startups Capabilities

The SOLIDWORKS for Startups Program provides new startup companies and individuals the CAD software, support and guidance to succeed.

Free SOLIDWORKS Software

12-months of 3DEXPERIENCE Works includes SOLIDWORKS CAD, Sim, Visualization & more

Co-marketing Opportunities

Such as speaking at SOLIDWORKS events and promotion in campaigns and social communities

Online Resources

White papers, videos, and articles are available to help you take your product to the next level

Online Training

Get up to speed quickly with 100s of on-demand video based training through MySolidWorks

Design Guidance

Best practices from SOLIDWORKS engineers and technical managers to help with your project

Tech Support

Technical support from TriMech’s team of certified SOLIDWORKS experts to help you succeed

“SOLIDWORKS is doing a great job of helping people in grassroots, helping people get in early and build a company, like I did.”

Josh Shires

“SOLIDWORKS has been critical in all of our product development, and it’s at the core of our mechanical engineering work.”

Sean Grundy
CEO and Founder of Bevi

Program Success Story

Learn how Bevi used SOLIDWORKS to get started

How do I get access to free SOLIDWORKS industry-leading software?

  1. Complete the Application.
  2. Review Process and Approval: You will receive an email to confirm that your application has been received and is being reviewed. Please allow a few business days for our team to carefully review your application.
  3. License Access: If your application is approved, you will be contacted by a local reseller partner who will provide you with license access. If your application is not approved, you will be notified by our team who will help you find the next best solution for your needs.
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SOLIDWORKS for Startups Examples

Visit companies who have participated in the program


Myo Gesture Control Armband, one of the first wearable technologies, is delivering elegant, functional interaction with computers.

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Movable temporary storage spaces that expand to three times its original volume, It can be readily deployed and adapted to suit any specific project requirements.

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Bug Factory

Produce a continuous supply of sustainable & nutritious animal feed with 3D printed mealworm breeding kits. Ideal for poultry, wild birds, reptiles and fishing.

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Apply for the Startup Program

Submit your application with the online questionnaire