UK and US startups selected for inaugural AWS defence accelerator

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Amazon Web Services (AWS) has announced the ten startups that will participate in its inaugural AWS Defence Accelerator.

The initiative aims to support startups that use cloud technologies to provide cyber security, data discovery and optimisation, space exploitation, and sustainability solutions.

It’s a four week programme delivered in collaboration with UK government technology firm PUBLIC, through which participating businesses will receive a range of technical and business support, as well as mentorship.

Perks include AWS Promotional Credits, potential proof of concept opportunities, specialised AWS training, mentoring experts, business development, go-to-market advice, as well as investment guidance.

The selected startups were chosen from more than 100 applications by a panel comprising of AWS subject matter experts and partners PUBLIC.

They are Adarga, Awen Collective, CounterCraft, Dispersive Holdings, Earth-i, Encord,, Orpheus Cyber, Privateer Space, and SkenarioLabs.

AWS said these finalists all brought forward innovative ideas that will help the defence industry enhance its abilities to uncover actionable intelligence to support decision making, defend against cyber threats, as well as help push towards a more sustainable industry.

“The outstanding cohort we welcome today is an important milestone in giving fast-moving and disruptive innovators a more visible seat at the table,” commented PUBLIC CEO Daniel Korski, who also praised the diversity of the group.


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Comprised of UK, US, and EU-based businesses, the pool of finalists cover a range of innovations and use cases.

For example, London’s Adarga specialises in building AI analytics software to help customers extract essential facts and unstructured data, presenting them in a variety of user-defined formats to unlock actionable intelligence.

Stateside, there’s Hawaii-based Privateer Space, which enhances the processing of information about space objects, satellites, and debris in Earth’s orbit to support safe and effective space operations.

Diversifying the group even further, Helsinki’s SkenarioLabs helps customers to make decisions with a risk and value sustainability tool. Using virtual representations of buildings, they can model changes to components - such as windows, roofs, and heating systems – to assess impact on energy use.

“The diversity of startups joining the first AWS Defence Accelerator is even more promising, with startups at different growth stages joining from across the UK, Europe, and the US,” Korski continued. “Not to mention several entirely new to the defence sector, with this program serving as their introduction to the landscape and the opportunities therein.

“We’re excited to kick-off the program and work alongside the cohort to explore how best to advance their solutions and address the unmet needs of the defence landscape.”

Daniel Todd

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