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Demo Day for AWS Impact Accelerator – Pitching to 40+ investors

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to stand on stage at the Demo Day for the AWS Impact Accelerator? With over 40 investors in the audience, you might start to sweat, but the AWS Impact Accelerator Women Founder cohort made it look easy! Participating in Demo Day is the challenging (if nerve-wracking) culmination of 8 weeks of building, technical investment, mentorship, and hard work.

At AWS, we know that talent is everywhere, but opportunity is not. The AWS Impact Accelerator is changing that narrative. Combining the power of Amazon and AWS technology, we’re helping women founders accelerate their cloud-based business for serious scaling.

In September, 25 startups were selected to participate in the in the AWS Impact Accelerator for Women Founders cohort. Each of these startups received up to $225,000 in cash and AWS Activate credits, an extensive and individually curated training curriculum, mentoring and technical guidance, introductions to Amazon leaders and teams, networking opportunities with potential investors, and ongoing advisory support.

After a week-long kickoff in Seattle, founders bonded through their virtual community, participating in weekly workshops and one-on-one technical and business trainings in partnership with a personally curated mentor. In December, the founders came together again at the AWS Startup Loft in San Francisco to prepare their final pitches to a diverse group of 41 investors from 31 firms.

Check out the video to get a look at the fun, and learn about all the AWS Impact Accelerator opportunities currently available to startups through AWS.

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Hannah Perry

Hannah Perry

Hannah is a Startup Accelerator Manager at AWS. With more than a decade of experience in the tech industry, she has spent the majority of her career working closely with early-stage startups to build, launch, and scale their ventures.