Sign-Speak, a Rochester-based startup, has been selected to participate in the AWS Impact Accelerator Latino Founders Cohort.
Operated by Amazon Web Services Inc., the $30 million in business and technical mentorship program provides support to underrepresented tech founders.
Sign-Speak was co-founded by Yamillet Payano (president), Nikolas Kelly (chief product officer) and Nicholas Wilkins (chief technology officer) and is one of 20 participants in the current eight-week cohort.
Sign-Speak is a real-time ASL (American Sign Language) translation that enables businesses to effectively communicate with Deaf and hard of hearing clients and employees. The firm’s technology provides automated ASL recognition, transcription and production to help Deaf and hard of hearing individuals communicate effectively in-person and online.
The AWS Impact Accelerator provides underrepresented founders with equitable access to training, mentortship and resources, including $225,000 in unrestricted cash grants and AWS credits to help scale their business.
Firms will work alongside AWS technology experts, investors and partners for zero cost and without giving up equity.
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