What is the AWS Space Accelerator?

Now in its third year, the AWS Space Accelerator, delivered by TechConnect, is a hybrid technical, business, and mentorship opportunity open to space startups from around the globe who are looking to power their space missions using AWS. Our 2023 programming will take place from May 1 – May 25. Applications are open now through March 6. Startups will advance to a final round of selection on a rolling basis, so early applications are encouraged.

2023 Accelerator Focus

In 2023, the AWS Space Accelerator will call on teams and resources from across Amazon, our customers, and partners to support a cohort of emerging startups to focus on cloud-powered solutions that support the sustainable and responsible use of space as an environment for years to come, as well as solutions that positively impact life on Earth. The AWS Space Accelerator will select a cohort of up to 15 startup companies worldwide who are seeking to use AWS to transform the future of space and help solve the biggest challenges in the industry. 

Quote from previous cohort:
Privateer Space is the data and intelligence platform empowering the future of space safety and sustainability by making accurate data on space objects easily accessible. Privateer believes that true space sustainability can be achieved when we understand space as part of our human ecosystem. That doesn’t involve just tracking satellites and debris accurately, but it also includes making intelligent use of space. Privateer is passionate about implementing principles of stewardship that will allow us to continue to learn and grow from all this frontier has to teach us. Our participation in the AWS Accelerator Program and overall partnership with AWS enables us to achieve scale, reliability, and accessibility of our services to empower a sustainable approach to space that benefits all of us.” – Alex Fielding, CEO Privateer


Customized programming:

Beginning with a discovery session, the AWS team first identifies your needs and challenges. From there, we develop a customized curriculum to help you get the most of our program. We introduce your team to experts on both technical and business capabilities to provide you with useful resources to help you scale your solution.


While we don’t invest directly, we bring in AWS partners and customers who may have a keen interest in learning how to support your solution. Our programs also offer AWS Promotional Credits to help you scale.


By joining these programs, startups can leverage resources from across Amazon’s businesses, as well as externally through venture firms, thought leaders, and industry partners. They say it takes a village. Learn from folks who have been there before. 


To scale quickly, we know you need customers. The AWS Space Accelerator program delivers opportunities to collaborate with AWS partners and customers that seek to deliver cutting edge innovations. Your solutions are that innovation and the program offers you the opportunity to connect with AWS Partners and Customers keen to pilot, partner, and procure those solutions.

Startups selected to participate will receive: 

  • Specialized AWS training 
  • AWS Promotional Credits
  • Mentoring from domain and technical subject matter experts
  • Business development and guidance from both AWS and TechConnect
  • Networking opportunities with other startup cohort participants, VCs, customers and partners 
  • Collaboration opportunities with AWS commercial and public sector customers and members of the AWS partner network