AWS, MassRobotics announce robotics accelerator

A two-armed ABB YuMi cobot at MassRobotics’ headquarters. | Credit: The Robot Report

MassRobotics has announced the new Amazon Web Services (AWS) Robotics Startup Accelerator. The accelerator will address the biggest challenges in the automation, robotics and industrial internet-of-things (IIoT) industries.

MassRobotics provides entrepreneurs and innovative robotics startups with the workspace and resources they need to develop, prototype, test and commercialize products and solutions. Combined with AWS’ cloud technical resources and massive network, the robotics startup accelerator will help robotics startups, and the industry overall, to experiment and innovate, while connecting startups and their technologies with the AWS customer base.

The AWS Robotics Startup Accelerator is a four-week technical, business and mentorship accelerator opportunity open to robotics startups from around the globe. The program application period is open from November 29, 2021 through January 16, 2022. MassRobotics will provide expertise in venture capital and startup acceleration to help drive a select cohort of robotics startups through an intensive, advanced curriculum specially designed to accelerate their growth using AWS.

Interested organizations can learn more about the AWS Robotics Startup Accelerator program and apply here.

Startups selected to participate will receive:

Training in AWS Robotics solutions
Up to $10,000 in credits for use of AWS IoT, Robotics, and ML services
Mentoring from robotics experts and technical subject matter experts in AI/ML and IoT
Co-marketing with AWS via blogs and case studies upon completion of PoC
Business development and investment guidance from MassRobotics
Networking opportunities with other startups
Introductions to the AWS Partner Network

“With the massive adoption and deployment of robotics solutions in manufacturing, logistics and other sectors, the need and reliance on cloud technologies have grown exponentially,” said Fady Saad, co-Founder and VP of strategic partnerships at MassRobotics. “We are excited to establish this program to help robotics startups accelerate their growth and solve big challenges by using AWS.”

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“At AWS, we believe that startups ignite innovation and drive bold new experimentation, especially so in the robotics industry,” said Eric Anderson, GM of robotics and autonomous services, AWS. “Through our collaboration with MassRobotics, we’re thrilled to deliver a four-week accelerator program aimed at mentoring the next generation of robotics innovators through hands-on technical and business training.”

MassRobotics is currently leading a cluster of the highest concentration of robotics companies in the world with approximately 400 companies, 65 resident startups, and 40 strategic partners. The organization’s unique “escalator” model allows startups to get established, grow, scale and provide meaningful employment for the future workforce and to provide ongoing value for MassRobotics’s partner organizations.

MassRobotics co-founder Tye Brady has been Amazon Robotics’ chief technologist for the last six-plus years.

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