AWS Africa Startup: Women Founded & Led Startups Program 2021

The AWS Activate Africa Startup team believes in the strategic importance of supporting Women Founded & Led Technology Startups. In 2021 we will be launching the AWS Africa Startup Connect – Women Founded & Led Startups program with the aim of enabling and connecting Africa’s inspiring Women founders and providing access to AWS experts and mentors.

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This program is designed to support Women Founded or Led* startups in Africa and participants can be building technology core or technology-enabled businesses, that are solving real problems and working to implement technology solutions within their existing or new startup businesses.


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  • Be able to commit up to 3 hours every 5 weeks for AWS Africa Startup Connect sessions.
  • Be available to connect with mentors based on scheduled opportunities.
  • Be willing to learn from and share their own experience with peers.
  • Complete a 5 slide story deck about the founder and startup (template will be provided to all participants)
  • Have an interest in learning about new technologies & services like Machine Learning and AI to enhance their products, services, and business.
  • Qualify as Startups that:
    • are founded, co-founded by Women or *have a Women in a senior leadership position.
    • are based in or have their primary business and teams in Africa.
    • are technology core or enabled startups.
    • are less than 10 years old.
    • have secured or have the intention to raise pre-Seed, Seed or Series A investment.



  • AWS Africa Startup Connect – Women Founded & Led Startup Sessions.
  • Women Founded & Led Office Hours (Access to Account Managers & Solution Architects).
  • Access to AWS startup support programs like Mentorship & AWS Activate.
  • Support for qualifying innovative Machine Learning & Artificial Intelligence Use Cases & Proof of Concepts.
  • Qualifying introductions to relevant Accelerators & Investors.
  • Access to relevant AWS events & training.
  • Networking with other Women Startup Founders & Leaders from Africa.
  • Selection for AWS Startup Story reference opportunities.
  • Participating startup founders or leaders who already have a working MVP on AWS infrastructure, a market deployed product on AWS, or those interested in migrating existing projects to AWS may qualify for the AWS migration support program and AWS service credits.


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  • Women Founded and Led* Startups are invited to join by completing the application form by 18 January 2021.
  • The AWS Africa startup team will connect with you directly to complete the onboarding process.
  • An invitation with the date & time for the first AWS Africa Startup Connect – Women Founded & Led Startups session will be shared in early February 2021.
  • Regular updates on 2021 events, training, and opportunities will be shared with the community.


For more information, visit the official webpage of AWS Activate Africa Startup


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