Amazon will quickly be an enormous a part of the area economic system within the type of its Kuiper satellite tv for pc web constellation, however right here on Earth its ambitions are extra commonplace: get an accelerator going. They’ve partnered with space-focused VC outfit Seraphim Capital to create a four-week program with (amongst different issues) a $100,000 AWS credit score for a carrot.
Applications are open now for the AWS Space Accelerator, with the one requirement that you simply’re aiming for the area sector and plan to make use of AWS sooner or later. Ten candidates might be accepted; you’ve got till April 21 to use.
The program sounds pretty simple: a “technical, business, and mentorship” deal the place you’ll possible discover ways to use AWS correctly, get some good suggestions from the AWS Partner Network and different space-focused consultants on tech, laws and safety, then rub shoulders with some VCs to speak about that spherical you’re placing collectively. (No doubt Seraphim’s staff will get first dibs, however there doesn’t look like any strict fairness settlement.)
“Selected startups may receive up to $100,000 in AWS Activate credit,” the announcement says, which does hedge considerably, however most likely authorized made them put that in.
There are a very good quantity of space-focused packages on the market, however not almost sufficient to cowl demand — there are loads of area startups! And they typically face a particular problem of being extremely technical, have prospects within the public sector and wish slightly loads of money to get going in contrast along with your common enterprise SaaS.
We’ll perceive extra about this system as soon as the primary cohort is introduced, possible not for not less than a month or two.