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Excellerate your Hunting with Bugcrowd and Microsoft!

Excellerate Your Hunting With Bugcrowd And Microsoft!

This incentive was run from December 1, 2020 through February 28, 2021 and has been closed. Thank you to all who participated!

In partnership with Microsoft, Bugcrowd is excited to announce the launch of Excellerate, a tiered incentive program that will run through February 2021. Since 2019, Bugcrowd has partnered with Microsoft as a bounty payment provider, offering researchers more flexible payment options. To qualify for the incentive program and additional awards, researchers must report all bugs directly to Microsoft, and researchers may choose to receive their Microsoft bounty awards through Bugcrowd.

How does this incentive program work?

  • All Microsoft bounty award payments that are processed through Bugcrowd are eligible for this program.
  • This Incentive Program starts today and runs through February 28 of 2021. 
  • At the end of this period, we will add up the Total Reward Amount received by each researcher from Microsoft through Bugcrowd.
  • Based on this Total Reward Amount, you will place in 1 out of the 10 Award Tiers, which qualify you for additional swag.

Daily Payments, Very Low Transactions Costs, Great currency exchange rates & Increased Private Invites to other Programs on Bugcrowd’s Platform

In addition to the swag, Bugcrowd is committed to your success and providing payment flexibility with the following: 

  • Daily Payments with more flexible payment options 
  • Lower currency conversion fees and transaction costs 
  • Awards from the Microsoft Bounty Program count toward eligibility for private program invites to other programs on the Bugcrowd platform with 20% more invites being sent to top platform earners. 

So what are the swag rewards?

We have never done an incentive program quite like this! We spent a good bit of time collecting some unique award options. The swag gets bigger and better the more you earn! Each participant will at least walk away with the Award Tier 1 Challenge coin and Limited Edition T-Shirt!

Only the bravest Internet Explorers can make it to the top tier. Check out the list below to see what we’ve come up with:

Award Tier 

(Total Reward Amount on MSRC program)

Swag Award
Tier 1 : $500Challenge Coin and Limited-Edition T-Shirt
Tier 2 : $2.5kLimited-Edition Bugcrowd Hoodie
Tier 3 : $5kLimited-Edition Bugcrowd Mechanical Keyboard 

– or –

Bugcrowd Chrome backpack

Tier 4 : $10kA wifi Pineapple by Hak5
Tier 5 : $25kXbox X 

– or – 

Surface Go 2 

– or – 

Oculus Rift

Tier 6 : $50kDJI Mavic Air 2
Tier 7 : $75kSurface Pro 7 with i5/16gbRAM/256gb SSD
Tier 8 : $125k15″ Surface Book 3 with an i7/16gb RAM/256gb SSD
Tier 9 : $250kHotel Room, Conference pass, Airfare, and per diem to Defcon 29 in Las Vegas (Availability Pending)

– or –

A $5k PC from Maingear

Tier 10 : $500kA $10k PC from Maingear 

– or –
A Rolex Submariner

– or – 

A TV the size of your wall (98 inches)

– or –
A lifetime supply of bug spray

Please note: If you are not interested in the swag for your Awarded Tier, let us know! You can choose any two, lower Award Tiers for your swag award instead. 

Not currently participating in the Microsoft Bounty Program? Head over to Microsoft Bounty Program to learn more about eligible research and to the MSRC Researcher Portal to start submitting vulnerability reports. Be sure to choose Bugcrowd as the payment partner to ensure your rewards qualify for the Excellerate incentive program!

Enjoy the Excellerate incentive program with Bugcrowd’s: 

  • Daily payments 
  • Increased invites to other Bugcrowd programs based on earnings from Microsoft program
  • Flexible delivery options including: Bank transfer, Cryptocurrency, Paypal 
  • Low transaction costs and great exchange rates.

We’re looking forward to seeing you EXCEL

For more information about this incentive program, please reach out to

Happy Hunting!


Michael Hamel

Manager of Strategic Initiatives

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