Selected applicants will receive free online training over an eight-week course, up to $10,000 in AWS credits, and the chance to present in a final showcase event at Amazon offices in Washington, DC

WASHINGTON, D.C. – May 1, 2019 – US Ignite is pleased to announce a new Smart City Startup Accelerator program designed to guide developers through the process of launching a cloud-based business or service dedicated to addressing challenges in the modern, connected city.

Thanks to generous support from Amazon Web Services, program participants will gain access to an eight-week online training course through Kauffman FastTrac, as well as benefits that include up to $10,000 in AWS credits, and the opportunity to connect with Amazon mentors. Participants will also present their business strategies at a final event this September at Amazon offices in Washington, DC.

Early-stage startup companies are encouraged to apply, with applications open from now through May 31st. Ideal candidates for the accelerator program will be developing a cloud-based product or service in one of the following areas:

  • AI/ML to enhance or streamline city services
  • AR/VR for workforce development, first responders, and smart manufacturing
  • Autonomous vehicles
  • Cybersecurity for IoT and smart city infrastructure
  • Public safety sensors and analytics
  • Next-generation IoT sensors for energy and other utilities
  • Real-time data analysis and visualization tools tailored for city and industry leaders

The Smart City Startup Accelerator program is an outgrowth of US Ignite’s efforts with communities across the country – including through the Smart Gigabit Communities (SGC) program – to accelerate the adoption of smart city applications. The goal of these efforts is to solve problems and develop innovation ecosystems with the benefit of advanced networking technologies and data-driven strategies.

For more information on the Startup Accelerator, visit the program webpage. To apply to participate, submit an application online.


About US Ignite
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