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As part of its ongoing $30 million commitment to provide underrepresented founders with the resources, capital, and community they need to level the playing field for startups, AWS is welcoming a cohort of 25 female founders to its AWS Impact Accelerator program.
New cohort members were selected from a competitive field of thousands of applicants and chosen by a diverse committee of AWS startup experts based on the strength of their idea, technical readiness, and an extensive application and interview process. AWS looks forward to providing you with the support you need to accelerate your business and reduce gender funding gap of the startup world.
Each of these startups will receive up to $225,000 in cash and Activate AWS credits, an extensive and individually curated training curriculum, mentoring and technical guidance, introductions to Amazon leaders and teams, networking opportunities with potential investors, and ongoing advisory support.
satisfy the 25 startups and their founding teams who will bring a wide range of knowledge and experience to the AWS startup community, and keep reading to dig into just a few of their stories.
A closer look at the members of the Women Founders cohort
Amber Buker, Co-Founder and CEO
Totem | Tulsa, it’s alright
Amber Buker is the founder and CEO of Totem, the first digital bank by and for indigenous people. By founding Totem, Buker became one of three Native American women in the US to raise institutional capital. Buker, an enrolled member of the Choctaw Nation, aims to create pathways to financial inclusion for Native Americans through digital banking. Totem is founded and funded by Native Americans and creates pathways to financial inclusion for indigenous peoples through digital banking. Totem partners with sovereign tribal governments to provide relevant financial products and education, and to make tribal benefits more accessible.
Diana Muturia, CEO
clyn | phoenix, arizona
After dropping out of college, Muturia struggled to build rapport and negotiate her prices as her neighborhood sort cleaner. She also saw how cleaners were often treated like second class citizens and wanted to change that perception. After meeting other small cleaning providers, especially in Black and Hispanic communities, and hearing her unique stories, Muturia was inspired to create clyn, an application aimed at optimizing the cleaning industry. In addition to improving efficiencies by connecting with home service providers, Clyn can help consumers realize the amazing job cleaners do to make our environments shine.
Jennifer L. Williams, PHR, Founder and CEO
DIVERS | New York, NY
A proud Howard University HBCU graduate, Jennifer L. Williams, PHR, is determined to infuse inclusion into organizational DNA, because she believes that workplace safety is supposed to allow a whole person to thrive. . Williams has an affinity for bending the rules and pushing the limits. In workplaces, she routinely found herself at odds with conformity and cultural adjustments. As a result of these patterns, she developed her expertise in diversity, equity, inclusion + intersectionality, human resources and Big Data, and thus she created DIVERSE. DIVERSD is an AI-powered approach to shaping HR around the concerns of overlooked groups. A “CDO in a box,” DIVERSD offers a bot interface for non-judgment HR interactions, pattern detection to subvert marginalization, and integrations to preserve anonymity.
Karen Lee, Managing Director
Glou | Boston, MA
After working and studying retail, Karen Lee, founder and CEO of glug, brings to life an e-commerce experience based on the psychology and existing pain points of beauty lovers. Lee has an insatiable curiosity for beauty and a passion for sustainability and is determined to make shopping better for people and the planet. “Glou is the first company to address sustainability by not selling anything to consumers, but instead recirculating all the great makeup, skincare and beauty products that already exist,” said Lee. “With AWS, I can create a concrete technology roadmap for the next five years.”
Kate Anthony, CEO
Euphoria | Denver, Colorado
Kate Anthony describes herself as “a proud woman who just happens to be transgender.” She is a businesswoman and CEO of Euphoria, a technology company that creates software and services for transgender people. She has been named one of America’s Greatest Disruptors by Newsweek, a former TEDx speaker and was recognized as one of Go Magazine’s 100 Women We Love, just to name a few. Euphoria is majority trans owned and operated, and is the only transgender technology company with a transgender female CEO. Their mission is to restore agency and dignity to transgender souls.
Trini Bensusan Millé, Founder and CEO
TeeRead | Miami Florida
Trini Bensusan Millé is creating a freer future by equipping children with the tools to become themselves. As founder and CEO of TeeRead, a Miami-based EdTech, uses AI and speech recognition to solve the biggest problem in education: reading. TeeRead is a platform for parents and teachers that uses AI speech recognition to make reading intervention scalable and dramatically increase results. The platform automatically diagnoses students’ reading levels, flags reading problems, and selects content based on student ability. His goal is to make our literary crisis a problem of the past.
AWS is eager to support this new round of business, leveraging the power of our ecosystem to ignite long overdue change and position us as the first infrastructure choice for promising but overlooked startups. Visit the AWS Startup Loft to learn more about the AWS Impact Accelerator for Women Founders and future cohorts to be launched in 2023.