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AWS EdStart expands in Latin America to bring resources to EdTechs in Colombia and Mexico

Today, at the AWS Digital Experience Latam 2021, Amazon Web Services (AWS) announced that AWS EdStart, the AWS educational technology (EdTech) startup accelerator designed to help startup EdTech companies build teaching and learning solutions on the AWS Cloud, is now available to customers in Mexico and Colombia. In addition to the launch of the program in Brazil in 2019, AWS EdStart is now available to customers in three countries of the region.

AWS is committed to helping entrepreneurs build the next generation of online learning, analytics, and campus management solutions on the AWS Cloud. The global focus of AWS EdStart enables EdTech startups from around the world to move faster by providing AWS Promotional Credit, community engagement, customized trainings, joint marketing opportunities, technical support, and access to the same scalable technology used by established companies.

According to Jeff Kratz, director of public sector sales for Latin America and Canada at AWS, “The expansion of AWS EdStart into Colombia and Mexico proves our commitment to our EdTech customers and the future of startups in the region. We are committed to bringing innovative solutions to our customers and to helping them revolutionize the education market segment.”

AWS EdStart Member Leonardo Prates, co-founder and chief executive officer (CEO) of Studos in Brazil, is focused on helping students enhance their test performance through automatic feedback using artificial intelligence (AI). With one of his students, Prates set out to solve the challenges of passing the large-scale test assessment required by education systems in Brazil. With the goal to reduce the administrative load on teachers and assist students in increasing their test performance, Prates launched Studos in 2015. The company started as a biology website helping students prepare for their entrance exams, and has since evolved into an educational assessment platform with over 90,000 questions, with the ability to analyze student performance and apply machine learning (ML) to automate the correction of short and long form test responses.

“Since migrating, AWS has helped us to scale our platform to serve more than 100 million simultaneous students,” said Prates. “As a Member of the AWS EdStart program, we have also made several valuable networking connections, and received specialized support. With the help of AWS Promotional Credit through AWS EdStart, we have been able to complete load tests and even test new services. The AWS EdStart events and webinar content have also been very significant to our success.” Learn more here.

AWS EdStart Members around the globe benefit from the program’s resources and opportunities to help them grow and scale their EdTech. Erick Moutinho, founder of Eskolare, said, “Participating in AWS EdStart has been essential and very important for Eskolare. We can count on a technical team of specialists available to help us and also think about innovations for the business considering AWS cutting-edge technologies. Not to mention the connections with the educational market, events, networking with companies in the same sector.”

“AWS EdStart has surprised us every day. The program’s resources, team initiatives, and training give us tranquility, networking, and a rich exchange of experiences with architects and other startup programs. Being able to count on a company the size of AWS, with a robust, broad portfolio of solutions, helps entrepreneurs focus on the evolution of their business,” said Luiz Orlandini, founder and chief executive officer (CEO) of Schoolastic.

With the expansion of AWS EdStart into Mexico and Colombia, a new class of EdTechs in Latin America will be able to experience the benefits of AWS EdStart. Learn more about AWS EdStart.

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