AWS Generative AI Accelerator – Startup LOFT

Where Generative AI startups get the support and resources needed.

Accelerate your Generative AI startup in just 10 weeks! Build and refine your Generative AI startup on AWS. Get mentorship from top AI/ML industry leaders and technical support from AWS product teams.

The AWS Generative AI Accelerator is a global program for 10 Generative AI startups that can demonstrate early-stage traction. Ideally, you’ll have an MVP already developed and your eyes set on Seed-stage funding, with plans to raise in the next 18 months. We welcome machine learning startups with technical leads who are leveraging cloud technologies, or who plan to. If you have game-changing ambitions in the Generative AI space, we want to support you!

You can be new to AWS and still enhance your already-built startup in our program. AWS Startup Solutions Architects will teach you everything you need to know about how to leverage cloud-based tools and services. To get the most out of the program, you should have plans to build a product with a cloud-native architecture on AWS. Founders are asked to share details about their founding team, company and traction, program goals, and technology. In support of this application, you’ll also be asked to submit a link to a pitch deck. Preview the full list of questions here.

Program benefits

The mission of the program is to help early stage Generative AI companies build community & technical skills, drive machine learning performance, and raise awareness for their company. You will get access to bleeding edge AI models, go-to-market strategy tailored to Generative AI, machine learning stack optimization, and networking with industry influencers. Plus the following benefits:

  • Up to $300k in AWS Credits
    Generative AI models demand a lot of compute power. We can help. Cohort participants will receive $200,000 in AWS Promotional Credits, and may receive up to $100,000 in AWS Activate credits.
  • Demo Day
    Upon completion of the 10-week program, you’ll pitch to the Generative AI community – including investors, press and customers – to raise awareness for your company.
  • Technical deep dives
    Learn from best-in-class AWS engineers and industry leading technical experts, and deep dive on your business to optimize around emerging tech and evolving business practices.
  • Dedicated mentors
    Looking for a little guidance? Access dedicated business and technical mentors, matched to you based on industry vertical and technology stack.
  • Exclusive Access and Networking
    Immerse yourself in a community of your peers and GenAI leaders at industry focused networking events with investors and enterprise customers.
  • Join the community
    Tap into our alumni and investor network for mentorship, industry insights, and best practices. Capitalize on connections and peer support that extend long after the program.

Eligibility criteria

The AWS Generative AI Accelerator is designed for seed and pre-seed Generative AI startups with a solution already built and underway. We welcome founders leveraging cloud technologies or those who plan to. If you’ve got game-changing ambitions, we encourage you to apply. To get the most from the program, founders need to be beyond the ideation stage. That means having a fully-developed MVP or launched product. If you’re still ideating, we have a wide range of always-on startup programs to support your development. The AWS Activate program offers AWS promotional credits and other resources designed to help startups scale, and the AWS Lofts offer both physical co-working spaces and online programming to help you develop your idea.

The following organizations are not eligible to participate in the AWS Generative AI Accelerator:

  • Any government agency, public administration, or political organization;
  • Businesses that primarily transact with government agencies, public administrations, or political organizations;
  • Businesses engaged in any illegal activity or some other activity in violation of the AWS Acceptable Use Policy;
  • Businesses which have employees of AWS or its affiliates in leadership positions;
  • Entities listed on the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Sanctions List; and
  • Businesses located in China, Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Russia, or Syria.



April 17, 2023
Organizer AWS Activate
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Africa, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Australia and New Zealand, Bahamas, Barbados, Belarus, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Czechia, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Hungary, Jamaica, Mexico, Micronesia, Moldova (Republic of), Nicaragua, Northern America, Northern Europe, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Poland, Puerto Rico, Romania, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Slovakia, Southern Europe, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Ukraine, Uruguay, Venezuela, Western Europe
Artificial intelligence, Cloud solutions, Computer software, Internet of things (IoT), Quantum computing, Smart city solutions


  • Derrick Kotze
    Derrick Kotze
    Startup & VC Business Development - Africa
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    Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  • Henri Zietsman
    Henri Zietsman
    Startup Business Development Manager Africa (AWS)
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    Cape Town, South Africa