AWS GovTechStart Innovators Tier

Enabling GovTech startups from day one

The AWS GovTechStart Innovators Tier helps support the earliest stage government technology (GovTech) startups as they form new businesses and technology foundations. The AWS GovTechStart Innovators Tier provides commercial GovTech startups with resources and exposure to a large community of GovTech builders, leaders, and fellow entrepreneurs. GovTech startups who participate in AWS GovTechStart may receive AWS Promotional Credit* that allows them to explore Amazon Web Services (AWS) technology and build the foundation of their solution.

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AWS GovTechStart Innovators Tier benefits

AWS Promotional Credit

AWS Promotional Credit

Technical training

Technical training


Live events

AWS GovTechStart Innovators Tier application criteria

Application organization must:
  • Have been founded within the past two years
  • Have annual revenues that do not exceed $1M USD
  • Not have previously received more than $1,000 in AWS Promotional Credit
  • Demonstrate an innovative solution for government agencies that addresses a current or future challenge
  • Be a commercial business with a mission to solve problems for its government customers
  • Be located in the United States
  • Have a descriptive website or web profile

AWS GovTechStart Innovators Tier application process

Please complete the AWS GovTechStart Innovators Tier Interest Form and submit your application to be considered for participation in the AWS GovTechStart program. Award criteria include but are 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. AWS Promotional Credit, if awarded, will vary and depend on the content provided in the proposal, eligibility, and if AWS Promotional Credit has been issued previously to your organization.

We will notify approved applicants by email, usually within five business days. Once approved you will be asked to review and agree to the terms of the AWS GovTech Start Program in order to participate and move forward with your membership. 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 GovTechStart program is subject to the AWS Customer Agreement (or other agreements governing your use of AWS services).

Any use of AWS Promotional Credit in connection with your participation in the AWS GovTechStart program is subject to the AWS Promotional Credit Terms and Conditions. AWS GovTechStart Innovator’s use of AWS Promotional Credit is restricted to its overall business development and internal needs. You are prohibited from using any AWS Promotional Credit under the AWS GovTechStart program in support of a particular customer or opportunity or to provide a discount to any customer. Upon approval of your application, the issued AWS Promotional Credit will be valid until the expiration date or when the AWS Promotional Credit has been fully utilized, whichever date is earlier. Organizations that receive AWS Promotional Credit through AWS GovTechStart may apply for future AWS Promotional Credit. AWS GovTechStart participants may be eligible for a maximum of two awards in one calendar year (up to the AWS Promotional Credit maximum threshold).

Eligible countries

AWS GovTechStart is currently available in the following countries/regions:
North America
United States

*Startups previously issued AWS Promotional Credit may not be eligible to receive additional credit through AWS GovTechStart. Exact credit amount varies by the organization through which you apply. Please contact us for more information.

AWS GovTechStart


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