AWS EdStart Innovators Tier

Enabling EdTech startups from day one

The Innovators Tier is designed to support the earliest stage EdTech startups as they create formations of business and technology foundations. The AWS EdStart Innovators Tier provides startups with resources and exposure to a large community of EdTech builders, leaders, and fellow entrepreneurs. EdTech startups who participate in the program will be granted AWS Promotional Credits that allow them to explore AWS technology and build the foundation of their solution.

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AWS EdStart Innovators Tier benefits

$500 in AWS Promotional Credits

$500 in AWS Promotional Credits

AWS Promotional Credits are designed to help cover costs associated with eligible services, so that customers can get going and start to scale. For more information about eligible services, visit Redeem Your AWS Promotional Credits. AWS Promotional Credits are applied to customers’ bills until they are exhausted or expire.

Access to live and virtual training

Access to live and virtual training

As an AWS EdStart Innovator, you will have access to select technical training opportunities to support you in launching your AWS-based business. Resources include webinars, technical training sessions, and partner-led presentations.

Live and virtual events

Live and virtual events

As an AWS EdStart Innovator, you will have access to attend select AWS EdStart live and virtual events. All AWS EdStart events are designed to bring members of the community together to foster networking and collaboration. The team hosts meetups, Pitch Days, and receptions for community members around the world.


AWS EdStart Innovators Tier application criteria

  • Applicant organization must have been founded within the past two years
  • Applicant organization’s annual revenues not to exceed $1M USD
  • Applicant organization must have less than $1,000 lifetime AWS charges
  • Applicant organization must have not received more than $500 in AWS Promotional Credits
  • Application must demonstrate an innovative solution for students, teachers, or administrators that addresses a current or future challenge
  • Applicant organization must have a mission to solve problems within the field of education
  • Applicant organization must be located in an approved region
  • Applicant organization must have a descriptive website with a matching domain email address

AWS EdStart Innovators Tier application process

Please complete the AWS EdStart Innovators Tier interest form and submit your application to be considered for participation in the AWS EdStart program. Award criteria includes but is not limited to: the impact of the project, use of AWS services, and the ability to reference the work publicly via papers, events, or public relations activities. Approved applicants will be notified by email, usually within five business days. The information you provide in this application is subject to the AWS Privacy Notice. Your use of AWS services in connection with your participation in the AWS EdStart program is subject to the AWS Customer Agreement (or other agreements governing your use of AWS services).

Any use of AWS Promotional Credits in connection with your participation in the AWS EdStart program is subject to the AWS Promotional Credit Terms and Conditions. If your application is approved, the issued AWS Promotional Credits will be valid for up to one year or until the AWS Promotional Credits have been fully utilized. Organizations that receive AWS Promotional Credits through AWS EdStart may apply for future AWS Promotional Credits. Recipients are eligible for a maximum of two awards in one calendar year (up to the AWS Promotional Credits maximum threshold).

* Startups previously issued more than $500 in promotional credit are not eligible to receive additional credits.

** AWS EdStart is provided and administered in India through Amazon Internet Services Private Limited (“AISPL”).

*** Applicants that use AWS Beijing/Ningxia Region services must visit www.amazonaws.cn/en/edstart/ for more information and to access the application.

**** AWS EdStart is provided and administered through Amazon Web Service EMEA Sarl for EMEA-based members of this program.

Become an AWS EdStart Innovator

Are you ready to apply to the AWS EdStart Innovators Tier? Fill out the AWS EdStart Innovators Tier Interest Form to request more information.