AWS, in collaboration with T-Hub and Minfy, has launched India's inaugural space tech accelerator program, the AWS Space Accelerator: India. This initiative aims to bolster startups focusing on space technology by offering technical expertise, business resources, and mentorship opportunities. Through this program, startups will receive support in leveraging AWS cloud services to enhance their missions. Applications for the accelerator program are now open, offering India-based startups the chance to benefit from up to $100,000 in AWS credits, guidance from industry experts, and business and technology support from T-Hub and Minfy.
The 14-week accelerator program seeks to empower startups to develop sustainable solutions for the space sector. It will provide dedicated resources and guidance on technology and business capabilities, enabling startups to build, grow, and scale their missions effectively. Moreover, participants will gain insights into space domain technologies, space data utilization, and scalable solutions using cloud computing, data analytics, and machine learning. The program also highlights the potential for transformative innovation in space technology through generative AI.
Clint Crosier, AWS Director of Aerospace and Satellite, emphasized the significance of fostering innovation in the space sector. He underscored AWS's commitment to supporting startups in developing innovative solutions for space technology. Shalini Kapoor, AWS Director and Chief Technologist, Public Sector, India, expressed enthusiasm about collaborating with ISRO, IN-SPACe, T-Hub, and Minfy to drive space-tech innovation in the country. She highlighted India's wealth of talent in the space sector and the potential for collaboration to nurture innovation.
The AWS Space Accelerator: India program builds on AWS's memorandum of understanding (MoU) with ISRO and IN-SPACe signed in September last year. The MoU aims to nurture startups in space tech and foster innovation in the sector. ISRO will explore the provisions of the MoU with AWS and extend necessary support to foster startup innovation in line with prevailing guidelines.
Overall, the launch of India's first space tech accelerator program underscores the growing importance of the space sector and the need to support startups in driving innovation. Through collaboration with industry experts and leveraging AWS cloud services, startups have the opportunity to accelerate their growth and make significant contributions to the space-tech landscape.