November 10th 2022
November 10th 2022
January 3rd 2023, 5pm US Central Time
March 6th 2023
Early Q2 2023, Seattle, United States
Mid Q2 – Q3 2023, Virtual
Q3 2023 Abu Dhabi, UAE (In Collaboration with Masdar)
Early November 2023, Dubai Expo, UAE
*The schedule above may be subject to alterations at AWS’s discretion.
"We’ve been in several accelerators, both Danish Accelerators and European, but it has actually been the AWS accelerator that has moved the company the most"
Founder and CEO
“Hearing directly from the corporates and being able to engage directly with the corporates was the highlight of this whole experience”
Co-founder and CEO
“The biggest gain was, we met with Amazon energy production….we introduced our solution to them and now we are doing a PoC study with them which is a huge project for us”
“The biggest learning from the accelerator was the insights from the Amazon team, you know, quite special to deep dive into how they think, their innovation processes and obviously some of the really interesting activities they’re working on”
Co-Founder and CEO
"Over 3,000 families in low income communities in Hawaii are now participating in clean energy integration programs and getting bill credits.... Through the Clean Energy Accelerator program, and utilizing the cloud, we are scaling our solution globally, and empowering building managers and residents with the opportunity to support clean energy in their communities.”
Founder and CTO Interview
AWS Clean Energy Accelerator 3.0 (CEA 3.0) program will comprise 14-weeks of total content spread over 6 months and divided into 4 sprints (3 in-person sprints, and 1 virtual). We offer expert-led workshops, mentorship, and network access to help startups advance digitally, co-innovate with energy companies, and facilitate potential pilots in clean energy with some of the biggest energy customers in the industry.
The program is structured to facilitate ongoing conversations between startups and partners to refine value propositions, seed pilot projects, deploy pilots and explore investment opportunities.
The chosen finalists will receive technical, business, and go-to-market mentorship from AWS; up to $100,000 each in AWS Activate Credit through AWS Activate to kick-start their data and operations transformation in the cloud. Cohort 2 (CEA Initiate) will receive (up to $25,000 in AWS service credits and up to $5,000 in AWS business support credits. Additionally, the selected startups will gain access to guidance in using Amazon’s Culture of innovation and Working Backwards Mechanism to achieve solution alignment and accelerate pilots. The finalists will also receive visibility and overall guidance from supporting partners such as The Climate Pledge Fund.
No. At a minimum, a member of the Executive Leadership team, which includes; Founder, Co-founder, Chief Technology Officer (CTO), and Chief Digital Officer (CDO), will need to attend the core in-person and virtual sessions. Additional team members are encouraged to attend any and all virtual and in-person sessions.
The selection committee will review the application once it is submitted and may contact you soon after submission in case additional information is required for assessment. You will start hearing back from AWS via email in early February whether you’ve made it as a semi-finalist or not. Final selection will be made by early March and startups will be notified in writing and announced by March 6th 2023 on various media platforms.
You acknowledge that the management and protection of your intellectual property is your sole responsibility, both during the application phase and, if selected as a participant, during your participation in the Program.
You may be required to sign non-disclosure agreements to protect your IP with participating piloting partners (Energy and Utility Companies from the Program) and supporting partners where applicable, as potential pilots advance based on the level of protection you require. If you require more guidance on this topic please Contact us
There are no charges or fees required to participate in the Program. This is a non-equity-dilutive accelerator focused on accelerating co-innovation. The only costs you will incur will be the logistics costs to attend the in-person portions of the Program, as well as, the time commitment required throughout the Program. Some travel expenses may be covered by the supporting partner for the International Exchange Program, subject to approval.
There are roughly 14 weeks of accelerator content, spread over 6 months and divided into 4 sprints (3 in-person sprints, and 1 virtual). The Program will be concluded in early November with an in-person innovation showcase event that will take place in the United Arab Emirates.
Yes, this is a crucial commitment required for the program. If you have any doubts about your executive team’s availability to participate, don’t apply. Startup founder, co-founder, CTO or CDO must attend the entire Program and participate actively. You must commit one of your founders/executives in addition to any relevant working teams.
The Program concludes with the innovation showcase. Startups and Program partners often continue to work together beyond the Program. Startups can still stay in touch with the connections they have made at AWS to provide piloting or other support where needed.
Startups that attend the Program become part of the CEA Alumni, which provides continued access to a global network of partners, other startups, founders, mentors and invitations to participate (in the form of a booth space, demo/presentation opportunity or both) at various international AWS-owned events and/or at third-party events and conferences that AWS is sponsoring or participating in.
We are always interested in exploring innovative collaboration opportunities. If you are interested in being involved in the program, please Contact us
No, applications are open to everyone.
Yes, you must be incorporated and provide proof of registration if requested by AWS or any of the Program partners
The selection committee will assess startups based on:
Yes, a 3rd party professional vendor will conduct background checks on finalists shortlisted for the program prior to the announcement of the startups selected to participate.
The purpose of this in-person kickoff is to allow for all the parties to meet, including speed-dating, pitches and reverse pitches while getting a full immersion into the Amazon culture, facilities and technologies. The agenda will include site visits and discussions to allow for a truly immersive experience.
The goal for this event is for the startups to learn more about a fast-growing dynamic region, and the business environment of one of the leading clean energy initiatives sponsored by the UAE government and private sector companies.
The program will be an in-person event over 2-3 days, where startups will hear from senior level government entities about the country’s growth plans, economic outlook and business environment, as well as, get presentations by their industry partners in the cleantech space.