15August 2017 - Eighteen04 are pleased to announce a new initiative as an Amazon AWS Activate partner, effective from August 2017. The Amazon AWS Activate program supports residents of Eighteen04 with a range of important startup supports, including credits for self paced training labs, business and technical training, AWS Business Support and AWS Infrastructure worth up to $5000 per resident.

Andrew Mears, CoFounder of Eighteen04 and CEO of SwitchDin said: “The Amazon AWS Activate program has played a vital role in the growth and success of SwitchDin - we’ve used it to help scale the digital infrastructure base that underpins our important work in developing our Internet of Energy applications and hardware connectivity program. With Eighteen04 coming on board as a Newcastle based Amazon AWS Activate partner, residents will be able to leverage Amazon AWS infrastructure to get the important leg-up that early stages of startup growth need to succeed. Eighteen04 is uniquely placed in the Australian innovation ecosystem as an incubator that understands the hard work involved in hardware + software prototyping, with workshop and lab supports being put in place during our renovations to help our residents overcome technical integration hurdles that can make life hard for hardware reliant startups.”

Brian Hill, Alliances liaison for Eighteen04 also noted: “We’re delighted to be joining the Amazon AWS Activate program - the support from Amazon AWS Activate is an important part of incubation services needed in settings like Eighteen04. Our residents and local activation events will benefit from the growing skills base of AWS platform familiarity in our region. Within my own companies, we’ve standardised on AWS deployment patterns for our client base, so we understand the value of secure, low cost computing and digital infrastructure services that can scale fast - in doing so, we’re aligned with the strategy of world class businesses like AirBnB, Atlassian and Slack. It means that for Eighteen04, from day 1 of opening in our new premises, we’ll be able to offer connectivity through our Startup Supports to world class digital infrastructure for our residents.”

For further details:

Amazon AWS Activate: https://aws.amazon.com/activate/

Eighteen04 Startup Supports: http://eighteen04.com.au/startup-supports/

About Eighteen04

Eighteen04 is an inspirational incubator and co-working space for CleanTech, SmartCity + AgTech based startups operating from the Hunter Region to service local + global markets. Located in Newcastle, Australia's second oldest city, we provide a physical and cultural space to foster collaboration, networking and business growth for tech entrepreneurs in what has been recognised by Lonely Planet as one of the worlds most liveable cities.