Amazon Web Services (AWS)

Amazon Web Services (AWS), the cloud computing arm of Amazon, launched its AWS Public Sector Startup Ramp in India on 13 July 2021.

The new program seeks to help early-stage technology startups focused on the public sector build solutions on AWS. India is one of the first countries with Amazon offices to roll out this program.

AWS Startup Ramp

AWS Startup Ramp is an acceleration program for startups that are building innovative solutions for public sector customers worldwide, which includes customers in national and local government, space and defence and healthcare.

It will help the startups to build and scale innovative solutions on Amazon Web Services (AWS). Amazon believes that navigating the public sector is not a simple task and thus wants to help startups by offering them the tools and resources needed to overcome challenges like contracting and regulatory compliance standards.

Who can join?

Early-stage startups can apply to join the AWS Startup Ramp in one of the two tiers: pre-revenue startups (apply to the Innovator tier) and post-revenue startups (with up to ₹100 crore in revenue can apply to the Member tier). Startups that meet all qualifying application criteria will be reviewed and evaluated for participation on the basis of their potential contributions to public sector customers.

Benefits of the program

·   Insights into the public sector – Support in navigating the public sector landscape. Connect with AWS experts.

·   Identify opportunities – Go-to-market support and help in designing your strategy.

·   Technical engagement – Receive technical assistance from AWS experts – architectural guidance, best practices.

·   Networking and mentorship – Connect with other teams including the Amazon Partner Network (APN), AWS GovCloud (US) and AWS Marketplace.

AWS Startup Ramp is modelled after AWS EdStart, which works with Edtech focused startups, and AWS GovTechStart, the US-based program that supports commercial technology companies serving state and local governments.

“We are excited to launch the AWS Startup Ramp in India where there is incredible opportunity for startups to solve public sector challenges through their innovative solutions. This global initiative is a critical way for us to support startups who are using technology to change the world.” — Sandy Carter, Vice President of public sector partners and programs at AWS.

“Our experience in India has shown that public sector organizations are increasingly keen to experiment with new ideas and technologies to advance their missions at speed and scale…We are doubling down on our focus to serve the public sector, and empower startups with the new AWS Startup Ramp program.” — Rahul Sharma, President, Public Sector, AWS India and South Asia.

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