November 29, 2021
MassRobotics has announced a strategic collaboration with Amazon Web Services (AWS), creating a Robotics Startup Accelerator to help companies address the biggest challenges in the automation, robotics, and industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) market.
MassRobotics helps entrepreneurs and robotics startups with the workspace and resources they need to develop, prototype, test and commercialize their products and solutions. Combined with the cloud-based technical resources and network of AWS, the collaboration will help robotics startups and the industry overall to experiment and innovate, while connecting startups with the AWS customer bases, MassRobotics said.
The AWS Robotics Startup Accelerator, delivered by MassRobotics, is a four-week technical, business and mentorship accelerator opportunity open to robotics startups from around the world. The application period is now open through Jan. 16, 2022. MassRobotics said it will provide expertise in venture capital and startup acceleration to help drive a select cohort of robotics startup through an intensive, advanced curriculum specially designed to accelerate their growth through AWS.
The group said startups chosen to participate will receive:
- Specialized training in AWS robotics solutions;
- Up to $10,000 in promotional credits for use of AWS IoT, Robotics and machine learning 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 a proof-of-concept;
- 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 vice president 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.”
“At AWS, we believe that startups ignite innovation and drive bold new experimentation, especially so in the robotics industry,” added Eric Anderson, general manager of robotics and autonomous services at 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 said it has a successful track record in developing similar innovation programs with strategic partners such as Festo, General Motors, Panasonic, Analog Devices, and Mitsubishi Electric. The group currently includes 400 companies, 65 resident startups, and 40 strategic partners, with an “escalator” model that lets startups get established, grow, scale, and provide meaningful employment for the future workforce and to provide ongoing value for its partner organizations.