Amazon Web Services EdStart

Giving EdTech startups a head start

Startup accelerator supporting EdTech companies

Amazon Web Services EdStart, the Amazon Web Services educational technology (EdTech) startup accelerator, is designed to help entrepreneurs build the next generation of online learning, analytics, and campus management solutions on the Amazon Web Services Cloud. The accelerator is designed to enable EdTech startups to move faster through benefits such as equity-free financial support through Amazon Web Services Promotional Credit, technical training and support, access to a global community of EdTech experts, and more. There’s a reason more startups build on Amazon Web Services than any other provider: We're here to help you succeed, from ideation through establishment. Amazon Web Services EdStart helps EdTech entrepreneurs build solutions that are secure, scalable, and cost effective. If your company has big dreams for revolutionizing education, apply for Amazon Web Services EdStart whenever you're ready to start your journey.  

"Amazon Web Services EdStart has given us access to resources, tutorials, and discounted Amazon Web Services services, which have allowed us to be more efficient, invest in scaling our core business, and deliver better value for our end users. I'd strongly recommend the program to any entrepreneur in the education technology space.” – Joshua Goldberg, Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Officer, Legends of Learning

Explore membership options

The Amazon Web Services EdStart program provides EdTech startups with resources to quickly get started on Amazon Web Services – including Amazon Web Services Promotional Credit and access to training and support. This global community of like-minded people and companies are solving complex educational problems. Choose from two program levels: The Amazon Web Services EdStart Innovators Tier and the Amazon Web Services EdStart Members Tier. The Innovators Tier is intended for the earliest stage EdTech startups. Once Amazon Web Services EdStart Innovators have advanced their business and are working with customers, they can apply to become an Amazon Web Services EdStart Member.

Amazon Web Services EdStart Innovators Tier

This tier provides the earliest stage EdTech startups with a seed investment of Amazon Web Services Promotional Credit, business and technical resources, and exposure to a global EdTech community to launch their company.

Amazon Web Services EdStart Members Tier

This tier is designed to help EdTech founders build and scale existing offerings. Members are provided with a wide array of business and technical support and exposure to a large community of EdTech customers, investors, media, and fellow entrepreneurs.

Benefits

Technical training

As an Amazon Web Services EdStart Member, you will have access to numerous technical training opportunities to support you in strengthening your Amazon Web Services-based business. Resources include webcasts, technical training sessions, and partner-led presentations.

 

Amazon Web Services Promotional Credit

Amazon Web Services Promotional Credit is designed to help cover costs associated with eligible Amazon Web Services services. Credit is a short-term, finite tool to fuel your long-term success. For more information about eligible services, visit Redeem Your Amazon Web Services Promotional Credit.

Voice builder course and digital badge

As an Amazon Web Services EdStart Member, you have the opportunity to access EdTech-specific curated trainings and hands-on modules for building your own voice technology application. Put your training to the test by building and launching an Alexa skill to earn the Amazon Web Services Voice Builder Badge.

 

Select marketing opportunities

There are a number of select collaborative marketing opportunities you can take advantage of as an Amazon Web Services EdStart Member. As you establish and mature your business, you have opportunities to participate in webinars, case studies, blog posts, sponsorships, and more.

Mentorship

Benefit from collaboration and conversation between experienced industry leaders and EdTech startups. Providing opportunities for mentorship has a long tradition of success at Amazon Web Services and we want to extend that success to our Amazon Web Services EdStart Members. Learn more in the Amazon Web Services EdStart Mentorship Resource Guide (Beijing Region) (PDF) or the Amazon Web Services EdStart Mentorship Resource Guide (Ningxia Region) (PDF).

Live or virtual events and networking

Amazon Web Services EdStart live and virtual events bring members of the community together in an informative and social environment to foster networking and collaboration. Currently, the team hosts meetups, Amazon Web Services EdStart Pitch Days, and receptions for community members. Amazon Web Services EdStart provides many opportunities to network with investors, customers, mentors, entrepreneurs, and technology enthusiasts from around the world.

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