AWS Startups Blog
Building Black entrepreneurship with the support of AWS employees
To celebrate the voices of Black employees at AWS and amplify their work’s impact, we are honored to share the stories of eight AWS employees working to advance Black entrepreneurs in ways that strengthen Black businesses and support economic growth in historically underserved Black communities.
Why culture is critical to startup organizational growth
New research commissioned by AWS shows that workplace culture is vital to a startup’s success. Six out of seven startup leaders (86%) believe a company’s culture contributes to its growth, with 85% saying it can play a critical role in securing investment and the same number saying it is an important factor in attracting new talent.
How Resilia is helping nonprofits to build capacity through SaaS
The AWS Startups Blog is excited to introduce Sevetri Wilson. Sevetri is a serial entrepreneur whose most recent startup, Resilia, enables nonprofits to increase capacity and funders to go beyond the grant with technical assistance, coaching, and capacity-building support. In October of 2022, Resilia closed a Series B $35M funding round, the largest raise ever for a solo Black female founded tech company.
Fighting funding disparity with Amazon Catalytic Capital
In October 2022, Amazon launched its Catalytic Capital initiative, investing $150 million in funds to underrepresented entrepreneurs. Now, AWS is further accelerating the conversation through strategic partnerships and data-driven reporting with the publication of the State of Black Venture Report, launched Tuesday at the 2023 State of Black Venture event hosted by BLCK VC at the AWS Startup Loft in San Francisco, California.
Shining a light on Black excellence: three founders share their stories
Today, we’re talking to three Black founders and leaders: Kwame Boler, CEO and co-founder of Spritz Natasha Greene, We Intervene; and Chandler Malone, CEO of Bootup. These Black leaders and innovators are making impacts in their communities, industries, and beyond. Read on to see how they’ve overcome obstacles and how they encourage and mentor young Black founders in tech and beyond.
14 reasons to fall in love with AWS Activate
Got a great idea? Build it with AWS Activate. AWS Activate is our free startup program that provides tools and resources including AWS credits, AWS Support credits, exclusive member-only offers, personalized guidance, expert advice and more. It is designed to help startups build, launch, and grow.
To help you show your startup some love on Valentine’s Day, we’ve curated a list of exclusive offers from AWS Activate Providers.
How Eyegage scaled their life-saving app via Impact Accelerator partnership
Via her participation in the Black Founders cohort for the AWS Impact Accelerator Program, Dr. LaVonda Brown gained access to personalized coaching, capital funding, and technical solutions. Through this connection, she was able to deliver on a key requirement for their app to go to market.
Building serverless on AWS to scale Ramp’s fast-growing finance automation platform
For startups, coming full circle is a milestone defined by partnering with the programs used during early stage growth, or providing resources that help other startups succeed as well.
Ramp, a B2B fintech startup founded in 2019 by veteran founders Eric Glyman and Karim Atiyeh, does both. Ramp is a tech-first finance automation platform whose serverless modern application–in conjunction with its corporate card–allows businesses to more efficiently manage their finances.
How Amazon SageMaker helps Widebot provide Arabic sentiment analysis
Startups are familiar with the importance of creating great customer experiences. Sentiment analysis is one tool that helps with this. It categorizes data as positive, negative, or neutral based on machine learning techniques such as text analysis and natural language processing (NLP). Companies use sentiment analysis to measure the satisfaction of clients for a target product or service. In this blog post, we explain how Widebot uses Amazon Sagemaker to successfully implement a sentiment classifier for Modern Standard Arabic and Egyptian dialect Arabic.
CareCoPilot founder Alyse Dunn wins big after AWS Impact Accelerator
Meet Alyse Dunn, the founder of CareCoPilot and our first featured founder for Black History Month. With her software engineering expertise and caregiver experience, she created the CareCopilot web and mobile app. With the help of the AWS Impact Accelerator program, Alyse and CareCopilot are on the fast track to providing relief to millions of caregivers.