We are a new startup company (i.e. not an education institution) and are exploring some ideas for an LTI app that's deep integrated with Canvas. We have been using the open-source version of Canvas to test our ideas but we've just realized that a few features that we need are only available in the cloud-hosted version of Canvas (for example: New Analytics).
What would be the best option for us to have access to those features? I learned that paying for a sandboxed Canvas instance is one way. But I would like to explore some other more cost-effective options.
I know of no other way than to get a Canvas Admin sandbox; however, if your start-up is into outreach I can tell you what we did for a startup at our school.
We contractually partnered with a startup that needed similar account-level access, created a role for them with permissions limited to just what they needed, cooperated as much as necessary, and watched them like a hawk. In return, we got their app for free.