Amazon Web Services (AWS) will provide $100,000 promotional credit on its services to select startups in Bengal.
Speaking to media persons on the sidelines of an event on Friday, the president (public sector), Amazon Internet Services WWPS, Rahul Sharma said, “The initiative has been launched under our public sector programme associated with ‘AWS Activate’ vertical and will enable startups to take bold decisions without financial risk.”
The initiative was launched in the wake of two MoUs signed between Amazon and the state government at the Bengal Global Business Summit (BGBS) last year. The startups will be selected, via innovation challenges, by a panel that will include AWS experts and government officials. “The focus of AWS Activate here will be to enable startups that can help MSMEs scale up operations. Our aim is to create a tech-driven ecosystem for MSMEs that will have an impact in the fields of agriculture, health, urban infrastructure, and e-governance,” Sharma said. For now, the company will work with seven startups. It will select more startups soon in another innovation challenge in the next few months. The promotional credits can be spent on over 165 AWS services, Sharma said.
Finance minister Amit Mitra, who was the chief guest at the event, said that AWS’ cloud computing services are currently being used to issue birth and death certificates in New Town area. He urged AWS to explore ways to extend similar services in the public distribution system and education.
He also urged Amazon to look into expanding its logistics hub base in Kolkata considering it’s ‘strategic location’. “It will now be a challenge for Amazon now with Flipkart’s decision to invest Rs 1,000 crore in the state for a logistics hub,” he said.
Source: Times of India