Amazon Web Services has announced the launch of its first accelerator for startups focussed on clean tech innovations. 

AWS says that the startups it is looking to onboard must be “working with clean technology for energy storage, monitoring, carbon capture utilisation and storage (CCUS), seismic activity, hydrogen generation for energy, smart grid, geothermal optimisation, material science, as well as other areas of opportunity.”

According to Shane Owenby, Vice President of Energy at AWS, the Clean Energy Accelerator follows Amazon’s commitment to net-zero carbon by 2040.

Shane Owenby, Vice President of Energy at AWS

This commitment will require innovation from large scale, established organisations to startups across the energy industry,” says Owenby.

“This is why we are supporting clean tech founders to accelerate deployment of their innovations through programs like the AWS Clean Energy Accelerator.”

The accelerator will offer startups business and technical expertise, AWS Cloud assistance, networking opportunities and expertise in driving clean energy solutions.

According to Freshwater Advisors, the program’s mission is to accelerate the impact of mature, clean energy startups by offering them resources and expanding their reach.

David Weinstein, Founder and CEO of Freshwater Advisors says, “Over the past eight years, Freshwater has run tech scouting assignments for more than 20 leading corporations in the energy and industrial sectors seeking to partner with the brightest emerging technology based startups to bring new innovative solutions to market. AWS Clean Energy Accelerator provides a unique platform to catalyse these collaborations and bring new solutions to market,” 

AWS Clean Energy Accelerator, in collaboration with Freshwater Advisors, will select ten startups to join the accelerator and will be judging applications on factors including the project’s scale of innovation and creativity in solving real world problems. 

AWS and Freshwater Advisors will be accepting applications until June 8th. 

Mature startups can submit their applications here


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