Stripe Atlas gives entrepreneurs access to the basic building blocks for starting a global internet business. Specifically, Atlas helps you:
- Incorporate a Delaware C Corporation
- Obtain a U.S. Employer Identification Number (EIN) for tax purposes
- Open a U.S. business bank account at Silicon Valley Bank
- Create a U.S. Stripe account to accept payments from around the world
- Connect to legal and tax experts
- Receive up to to $15,000 in promotional credits from Amazon Web Services
- Join the Atlas Forum of other founders and advisors
Who should use Atlas
We designed Atlas for ambitious founders building high-growth startups. Thousands of entrepreneurs from more than 120 countries already use Atlas. We’ve found it to be particularly suited to:
- U.S. startups
- Startups outside of the U.S. building global companies
- Startups outside of the U.S. raising money from professional investors
- International companies expanding their operations to the U.S.
We’re constantly expanding and improving Atlas to make it the right choice for more businesses. If Atlas isn’t right for you today, feel free to check back in with us in the future.
Who cannot use Atlas
You cannot use Stripe—and therefore Atlas—for specific prohibited businesses. Atlas additionally cannot support businesses that participate in or facilitate affiliate marketing schemes or publish hate-related material.
Businesses located outside the U.S. who want to use Atlas should primarily serve global—not just local—customers. For example, if you have a Canadian business serving solely Canadian customers, you cannot use Atlas to accept payments with a U.S. Stripe account.
Due to restrictions from our financial partners and to comply with government sanctions, Atlas is also unavailable to businesses with operations in:
- Central African Republic
- DR Congo
- North Korea
- South Sudan
We plan to work with financial partners to expand the reach of Atlas over time.
What Atlas costs
Establishing and running any business has both initial and ongoing costs. Atlas has a one-time fee of $500 (all prices are in USD) that covers:
- Incorporating your company in Delaware
- Opening your business bank account at Silicon Valley Bank
- Registering your company with the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS)
- Your first year of Delaware registered agent services
You can pay this fee via credit card, Alipay, or Bitcoin.
After getting set up, you pay ongoing fees associated with the Atlas services including: standard U.S. Stripe fees for payments accepted through Stripe, maintenance fees for your business bank account at Silicon Valley Bank, and yearly fees to maintain your registered agent services.
Running a business in the U.S. comes with significant obligations, including:
- Complying with applicable laws
- Paying U.S. state and federal taxes each calendar year your company is incorporated
- Maintaining a Delaware registered agent (currently available to Atlas users at a cost of $100 per year)
- Filing annual reports with the State of Delaware (currently available to Atlas users at a cost of $50 per year)
We strongly recommend that you talk with your legal and tax advisors to decide whether and how to set up your business with Atlas. To help, Atlas users get direct access to resources and guidance from Orrick and PwC, and access to the Atlas network of partners who can help with these obligations.
Atlas is currently invite-only; there are three ways to get access:
- Apply directly
- Be invited by a current Atlas user
- Be invited by an Atlas network partner
You can apply directly and we’ll respond within two weeks.
Be invited by a current Atlas user
If you know a current Atlas user, they can invite you to join. They can also tell you more about their experience with Atlas.
Be invited by an Atlas network partner
Stripe works with a network of incubators, accelerators, investors and companies any of which can invite you to Atlas. If you already have a relationship with a member of the network, we encourage you to ask for an Atlas invite from them.
The application and onboarding process
Once you’re invited to Atlas, you’ll get access to an online application:
- We’ll collect all necessary initial information through a series of prompts and uploaded files.
- After reviewing your application, we’ll generate and send documents for your company representatives to review and electronically sign (to incorporate your company and open your bank account).
- Once your company representatives sign and submit those documents to Stripe, we’ll submit the signed documents to incorporate your company and open your bank account.
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