The best way to start an internet business

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Starting a company can be needlessly complicated—lengthy paperwork, bank visits, legal complexity, numerous fees, and non-obvious decisions about what services to use. We built Stripe Atlas to make this easy: a tool to handle everything involved in establishing an internet business. It’s available to entrepreneurs everywhere.

  • Trusted foundation

    Stripe Atlas takes the guesswork out of getting started. Set up with terms designed for tech startups.

  • Fast and easy

    Your new company and new bank account will be ready within days. Keep track of everything in one place.

  • Knowledgeable community

    Connect with other founders and learn from experts. Join an exclusive forum for Stripe Atlas entrepreneurs.

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Startup toolkit

Everything you need to start an internet business. Fill out a simple form and we help handle the rest.

  • Form a company

    Form your new company as either an LLC or C Corporation in Delaware. Stripe Atlas legal documents have been designed by Orrick for internet and technology businesses. You’ll use Stripe Atlas to generate the documents, file the paperwork, and obtain your Tax ID number. Our goal is to have you up and running within a couple days. This includes:

    • Entity incorporated in Delaware—LLC or C Corporation
    • Signed documents to establish company rules, founder ownership, and IP ownership
    • Registered agent service, renewed annually
    • IRS Employer Identification Number
    • Free templates for common legal needs after formation
  • Bank account and debit card

    Open a bank account—complete with a debit card—without visiting a branch in person or faxing in paperwork. You’ll be able to log in to your account after signing documents. 

  • Stripe account

    We set up a Stripe account that you can use to start accepting payments from customers in 100+ currencies right away. You can take advantage of the complete Stripe product suite, including Connect, Subscriptions, and Radar.

  • Issue stock to founders

    C Corporations can generate and sign documents to issue stock to the founding team, with templates from Orrick and standard legal terms used by many top startups—for free! 

  • Special offers on startup services

    Stripe Atlas users can receive up to $5,000 of free credits from Amazon Web Services, and access flat-rate packages from our partners for legal and tax advice. 

Choose a Stripe Atlas entity

We offer different legal structures for different types of businesses. Learn more about a few key considerations for each:

Ownership
U.S. taxes
Global founders
Flexibility
LLC Designed with side projects, bootstrappers, and small teams in mind
Can be owned by an individual or a group, often the founding team
Individual owners generally pay personal taxes on LLC income
Non-U.S. owners may be subject to U.S. personal taxes on company income
Simpler to add members; templates for converting to a C Corporation
Start LLC
C Corporation Used by many companies that plan to raise money from investors
Stock can be issued to founders, investors, employees and others
Entity generally pays corporate taxes; shareholders taxed on any salary + dividends
Chosen by some non-U.S. founders because the company is taxed on its income
Widely understood management roles; can be more difficult to convert to LLC
Start C Corporation
Interested in starting a business but need more guidance? Check out our guide to picking an entity. Read Now

Run your business

The paperwork for starting a business doesn’t stop with company formation. Stripe Atlas helps you handle ongoing obligations to run your company.

  • Legal & tax experts

    Find lawyers and accountants that offer exclusive Stripe Atlas discounts.

  • Navigate taxes

    Submit your Delaware filings and hire an accountant to prepare corporate taxes.

  • Registered agent renewal

    Renew your company’s registered agent in Delaware automatically.

Atlas could let start-up founders sidestep some of the bureaucratic hurdles that often hamper building a new business.
We’re delighted to be working with Stripe to make it easier for our international founders to spend more time working on their startup and less time on paperwork.
Atlas makes it easy to start your company the right way. We counsel high growth companies in 35 countries and are excited to share our startup templates and knowledge with Atlas users.
Navigating accounting and tax matters is critical to the health of any new company. PwC and Atlas offer guidance on these topics to Atlas entrepreneurs to help them succeed.

Trusted by entrepreneurs everywhere

From San Francisco to Sri Lanka, thousands of entrepreneurs in 120 countries have used Stripe Atlas to get their businesses off the ground.

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Zach Holman, one of the first engineers at GitHub, is building During, a calendar that helps you plan and collaborate on everything that needs doing.

Iris is your modern day emergency alert for mobile, founded by Cat Noone in NYC. Iris provides hospital detection, a digital health card and rapid alerts to your loved ones in the critical moment when you need it most.

Started in Ghana, Tress is a social community for black women to discover and share hairstyle inspiration, information and tips. Founders Priscilla Hazel, Esther Olatunde, and Cassandra Sarfo participated in Y Combinator’s Winter 2017 batch.

Pasilobus builds apps and e-commerce solutions for clients on Shopify. The company is headquartered in St Louis and has employees around the world.

Zumrod is an e-commerce platform that supplies health and beauty products to women in the Arab World. Co-founder Said Hassan also leads Gaza Sky Geeks, the first startup accelerator in the Gaza Strip.

Join the Stripe Atlas Community

Stripe Atlas members join a global community of entrepreneurs and experts.

  • Connect with founders

    Meet up with entrepreneurs who live near you and chat online with others in your industry.

  • Learn from experts

    Take part in exclusive Q&As with investors, marketers, and industry leaders every week.

  • Get practical advice

    Get feedback on your pitch, marketing copy, and pricing from other founders.

How long does it take?

With Stripe Atlas, your company can be set up within days. We help with all the paperwork.

  • Submit your application
    Day 1

  • Sign documents and access bank account
    Day 2

  • Company formed in Delaware
    Day 4

  • Receive a tax ID number from IRS
    Day 11

The simplest way to get started

Get started with Stripe Atlas

Stripe Atlas helps you take key steps to start an internet business—all for one simple fee.

Includes

  • Formation of a Stripe Atlas LLC or C Corporation in Delaware 
  • Delaware state filing fees ($189 fee included)
  • Signed documents to establish company rules and protect IP
  • Tool to issue stock to founders (for C Corporation)
  • First year of registered agent fees 
  • Tax ID (EIN) filing 
  • Bank account opening 
  • Access to the Stripe Atlas Community 
  • Free templates for post-formation legal needs 

$500

one-time fee

Run your business

After you set up your company using Stripe Atlas, there are separate ongoing costs of running a company that we help you manage.

Key ongoing costs (not included in $500 setup fee)