AWS launches 2023 European Defence Accelerator for startups

AWS is launching its European Defence Accelerator, open to startups interested in doing business with defence and national security organisations

Cyber threats, climate change, and the rapid emergence of advanced technologies are just a handful of the complex challenges impacting defence and national security organisations around the world. Increasingly, organisations are turning to the cloud to support their mission-critical work and tackle these challenges. 

To support defence and national security customers, Amazon Web Services (AWS) has announced it is launching the AWS European Defence Accelerator, open to startups globally who are interested in doing business with defence and national security organisations across the continent. 

The goal is to support startups with AWS Cloud technologies to provide energy resilience, secure information sharing, sensing and decision making, quantum, and cyber resilience solutions to support a range of customer mission needs.

The AWS European Defence Accelerator is a four-week technical, business, and mentorship program delivered in collaboration with Plexal, a United Kingdom Government-supported innovation technology firm. Participating startups are eligible to receive AWS computing credits, specialised AWS training, mentoring from defence and national security domain and technical subject matter experts, business development, go-to-market advice, and investment guidance. The program also offers opportunities for defence and national security leaders to mentor startups on topics ranging from defining their business models to showcasing their solutions’ business value.

Applying to the AWS European Defence Accelerator

The AWS European Defence Accelerator is open globally to startups that are interested in supporting business in the defence sector across Europe. Eligible startups must seek to address and deliver mission-critical solutions for land, air, maritime, space, or cyber domains. The final cohort of 15 selected startups must have existing customers and revenue, and be willing to demonstrate that they can use AWS Cloud services to solve defence and national security mission challenges in the following areas: energy resilience, secure information sharing, sensing and decision making, quantum, and cyber resilience.

Applications are evaluated based on several factors, including the project’s innovative and unique nature, the team’s ability to deliver a solution, creative uses of AWS services to develop the solution, and the overall value of the solution to defence customers.

To learn more about the AWS European Defence Accelerator and how to apply click here.

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