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Announcing the 10 startups selected to participate in the first AWS Defence Accelerator

UK defence accelerator

Today, Amazon Web Services (AWS) announced the startups selected to participate in the first AWS Defence Accelerator. The 10 finalists brought forward innovative ideas that will help the defence industry enhance its abilities to uncover actionable intelligence to support defence decision making, defend against cyber threats, and support making the defence industry more environmentally sustainable.

The group of startups was selected from more than 100 applications by a panel of subject matter experts from AWS and PUBLIC, a UK government technology firm. Applications were open to startups focused on using cloud technologies to provide defensive cyber, data discovery and optimization, space enablement, and sustainability solutions.

Over the course of the four-week program beginning in mid-September 2022, these 10 startups are eligible to receive technical, business, and go-to-market mentorship from AWS experts, as well as AWS Promotional Credits, and opportunities to connect with AWS customers, industry leaders, and members of AWS Partner Network (APN) looking for defence solutions.

The startups selected are:

  • Adarga, based in London, UK, builds artificial intelligence (AI) analytics software that helps customers extract essential facts from unstructured data and presents them in a variety of user defined formats. This helps users unlock insightful and actionable intelligence with precision.
  • Awen Collective, based in Caerphilly, UK, provides organizations with increased visibility into their operational networks, helping them to identify, assess, and minimize the impact of a potential cyber attack on critical infrastructure.
  • CounterCraft, based in Donostia, Spain, provides customers in financial, trade, and government sectors, as well as law enforcement, with a distributed threat detection platform that supports threat hunting and cyber counterintelligence to detect, investigate, and control targeted attacks.
  • Dispersive Holdings, based in Georgia, USA, provides military grade virtual networking security capabilities with granular access controls to connect digital businesses, products, and users across any cloud or service edge.
  • Earth-i, headquartered in Guilford, UK, delivers machine learning (ML) and AI capabilities that fuse multi-sensor Earth observation data to help deliver actionable insights and decision advantage for businesses, governments, and other organizations.
  • Encord, based in London, UK, provides customers with a micro-model platform for data-centric computer vision. Customers can build flexible labelling tools and automation functions, such as object tracking, interpolation, and auto-segmentation.
  •, based in Reading, UK, helps customers eliminate wasted energy by helping reduce the use of “plug load power” – electricity generated by devices like computers, task lighting, and personal heaters.
  • Orpheus Cyber, based in London, UK, aims to provide predictive and actionable threat intelligence to its customers – helping them more accurately assess their cyber risk and anticipate, prepare for, and respond to the cyber threats they face.
  • Privateer Space, based in Hawaii, USA, enhances the collection and processing of information about space objects, satellites, and debris in Earth’s orbit to support safe and effective space operations.
  • SkenarioLabs, based in Helsinki, Finland, helps customers make decisions with a risk and value sustainability assessment tool. Using virtual representations of buildings, customers can model changes to components (like windows, roofs, and heating systems) to assess the impact on energy use.

Commenting on the announcement, Daniel Korski, the chief executive officer (CEO) of PUBLIC, said: “The outstanding cohort we welcome today is an important milestone in giving fast-moving and disruptive innovators a more visible seat at the table. The diversity of startups joining the first AWS Defence Accelerator is even more promising, with startups at different growth stages joining from across the UK, Europe, and the US. Not to mention several entirely new to the defence sector, with this program serving as their introduction to the landscape and the opportunities therein. Now for the best part. We’re excited to kick-off the program and work alongside the cohort to explore how best to advance their solutions and address the unmet needs of the defence landscape.”

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