Amazon Web Services Unveils Gov Tech Startup Accelerator

Amazon Web Services is launching a new “virtual accelerator” to give resources to government technology startups that are trying to create innovative solutions on AWS for state and local governments nationwide.

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Last week, Amazon Web Services unveiled a new program to help build up government technology startups focused on public-sector work including smart cities, elections, transportation, justice and public safety, and health and human services.

AWS GovTechStart acts as a virtual accelerator, modeled closely after another program, AWS EdStart, which offers training and resources to qualifying education technology companies. AWS GovTechStart is an initiative to equip young companies who are dedicated to helping government customers serve their citizens better. According to a news release, AWS GovTechStart recognizes that “through open data initiatives, public safety modernization, citizen service improvements, infrastructure programs and more, governments are turning to the cloud to provide the cost-effective, scalable, secure and flexible infrastructure needed to make a difference.” To help gov tech companies create solutions for these agencies using the AWS cloud, this program offers its members access to virtual events, technical experts and educational resources. 

AWS worked with multiple startups during the program’s developmental stage to ensure that it would fit the specific needs of the government technology sector. One of these pilot members was Prefix Health Technologies, whose technology is made to support health-care benefit eligibility determination and fund management, offers this statement on the new program:

“AWS has helped us leverage artificial intelligence and machine learning technology to build solutions that meet customer needs at scale,” Prefix CEO Nimesh Patel said in the statement. “We look forward to the benefits we will gain by joining the new AWS GovTechStart program for startups.” 

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