AWS Space Accelerator

A virtual program dedicated to accelerating the next generation of space technology. Our 2022 programming will take place from June 6 - July 1, 2022. Applications closed on April 15, 2022.

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About the Program

The AWS Space Accelerator, delivered by AlchemistX, is a four-week, technical, business and mentorship accelerator open to space startups from around the globe. Now in its second year, the AWS Space Accelerator has selected 10 startup companies worldwide who are seeking to use AWS to transform the future of space and help solve the biggest challenges in the industry.

AWS Program Details

AWS has a long history of supporting our customers in Space. As a leading cloud provider, we believe that startups ignite innovation and drive bold new experimentation in the Space industry. The inaugural accelerator, launched in 2021, established a highly differentiated, world-class accelerator for Space startups with a wide array of space missions. Our goal is to help startups to scale in the space industry, to accelerate their impact, help them access additional resources, and help expand their reach. Our program is unique compared to how other accelerators typically operate. Each participating company determines its own individual goals and focus. During the 2022 AWS Space Accelerator, participants can benefit from both technical and commercial expertise at AWS, which can align with their challenges and objectives.

Qualifying Missions are Limitless

Previous mission submissions include but are not limited to: Earth observation, electronics and robotics, spacecraft launch and delivery, spacecraft hardware and software, satellite operations, space travel and living, space computing, science instruments, launch manufacturing and operations, and beyond.

Judging Criteria

AWS and AlchemistX experts will judge applications on several factors including innovation, the overall value the solution can bring to the industry, the creative application of AWS to solve problems, the team’s ability to deliver on an identified opportunity, and the startup’s fit with this opportunity.

Application Process

The application portal closed at 11:59 PM (PST) on April 15, 2022.

AWS and AlchemistX will notify the 10 selected companies by April 27, 2022.

Participation Requirements

There is no equity or financial obligation to participate. The accelerator is open to any startup company that is:

  • A privately held company
  • U.S.-based company or international company
  • Able to commit 10-15 hours per week throughout the four-week accelerator
  • Participants must be fluent in English and able to join video conference events, primarily held during U.S. Pacific Time business hours
  • Applications Open

    March 10, 2022
  • Applications Close

    April 15, 2022 (11:59 PM PST )
  • Pitch Finals

    April 18 - 22, 2022
  • Final Cohort Selected (10 participants)

    April 25 - April 27, 2022
  • Week Zero (Orientation)

    May 9 - 13, 2022
  • AWS Space Accelerator Begins

    June 6 - July 1, 2022

Startups Selected to Participate Will Receive:

Training

  • Specialized AWS training
  • Mentoring from space domain and technical subject matter experts
  • Support towards business and strategy development from AlchemistX

Networking and Collaboration

  • Networking opportunities with other participating startups
  • Networking opportunities with AWS Public Sector customers and members of the AWS Partner Network

Credits

  • Up to $100,000 in AWS Promotional Credits (via the AWS Activate Program)

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Frequently Asked Questions

The AWS Space Accelerator, delivered by AlchemistX, is a four-week, technical, business and mentorship accelerator opportunity open to space startups from around the globe.

Now in its second year, the AWS Space Accelerator is designed to provide technical, business, and networking mentorship to a select cohort of startups seeking to use AWS to help solve the biggest challenges in the space industry.

Participation is open to privately held startups at all stages of maturity working with space technology or space-derived data who have a clearly defined and innovative space mission. We welcome applications from startups around the globe. (See Participation Requirements section for further eligibility requirements).

Please click Get in touch for more information and to submit an application.

Selected startups will be notified directly in late April 2022, at which time they will be invited to join an onboarding event in May. During the onboarding event, startups will receive an introduction and overview of AWS, as well as a business and technical needs assessment driven by AWS in collaboration with AlchemistX to prepare them for the four-week accelerator curriculum in June.

The four-week Accelerator will take place June 6-July 1, 2022. The curriculum will be offered through a mix of virtual and recorded sessions, to support global participation.

AWS has a long history of supporting our customers in space. As one of the world’s leading cloud providers, we believe that startups ignite innovation and drive bold new experimentation in the space industry. It is our aim to offer a highly differentiated, world-class accelerator designed specifically for space startups.

AWS still welcomes startups to apply. If the June timeframe doesn’t work with your company’s schedule, please note on your application your preference to have an AWS technical or business specialist to contact you in the interim.

For questions about this opportunity or the application process, contact: awsspace@alchemistaccelerator.com

About AlchemistX

AlchemistX is the corporate and government services division of Alchemist Accelerator. We take the expertise and tools that have helped make Alchemist startups so successful and bring them to specialized programs around the world. Alchemist has become a critical hub connecting enterprise founders, VCs, corporations, and mentors.