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AWS Impact Accelerator for U.S.-based Black founders

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Application Deadline: May 13, 2022.

AWS Impact Accelerator for Black Founders is designed for U.S.-based Black founders who are the CEO and/or CTO of an innovative tech or tech-enabled startup. We’re talking pre-seed startups with a solution already built and underway. The program is industry and vertical agnostic, and we welcome both technical and non-technical founders who are leveraging cloud technologies or plan to. If you’ve got game-changing ambitions, we encourage you to apply. *

AWS Impact Accelerator: Black Founders

Where Black founders get the resources needed to scale their startups faster.


$225,000 for every qualifying startup in the program

We’ve increased your runway with a $125,000 cash grant and $100,000 in AWS Activate credits* – all for zero equity in return.

Turbocharged technology

Leverage the AWS tech stack, the same backbone powering innovative, industry-leading businesses around the world, to accelerate beyond what you were told was possible.

Tailored training

Hands-on workshops, roundtable discussions, tech deep dives, and inspirational leadership chats. Benefit from curriculum tailored to your startup’s goals, specific technology, and business needs.

Your extended team

Learn from experts behind some of the biggest tech unicorns in the world. Our all-star advisory support team includes executives, former founders, and leaders across AWS – all committed to your startup’s continued growth.


Benefit from the best of both companies. From Alexa, to Game Tech, to Fintech, eCommerce, Music, and others – no matter your technology or industry, we’ve got you covered!

Join the community

Tap into our alumni and investor network for mentorship, industry insights, and best practices. Capitalize on connections and peer support that extend long after the program.

*Startup must also qualify for the AWS Activate program.

Application timeline

Applications openApril 20 – May 13Cohorts announcedMay 23 – May 27Program runsJune 6 – July 29

Program schedule

Week 1 (June 6 – 10)In-person – Amazon HQ Seattle*Weeks 2 – 7 (June 11 – July 24)VirtualWeek 8 (July 25 – 29)In-person – AWS Startup Loft (SFO or NYC)**Dates subject to change. Travel accommodations covered for the CEO and CTO of selected startups in the program.

Official Website: AWS Impact Accelerator for U.S.-based Black founders

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