Amazon has introduced the second edition of its Alexa Accelerator programme and has opened applications for startups worldwide including India.
The 2018 Alexa Accelerator is a part of Amazon’s $100 Mn Alexa fund which was launched in 2015. It aims to seek out 13 promising startups which use voice technology. The 13-week programme, powered by Techstars, will be hosted in Seattle from July to September 2018, with a demo day in October 2018.
Dilip RS, the Country Manager for Alexa Skills Kit, Amazon, said, “Experiences designed around the human voice will fundamentally improve the way people use technology. We invite innovators, with ideas on how voice technology can improve everyday life, to participate in 2018 Alexa Accelerator.”
He also added that more than 15,000 developers from India have already started to build skills for Alexa. This time the company expects the participants to come up with new devices that can integrate Alexa.
Earlier in 2017 Alexa Accelerator, the company received applications from more than 50 countries. In the 13 week programme, nine early-stage startups worked on their B2C and B2B technologies which incorporate Alexa including Aspinity, Botnik, Comet, Novel Effect, Play Impossible, Sensible Object, Tinitell and Twine.
Amazon has already invested in more than 30 startups from the fund.