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Nessle is a new platform on a mission to revolutionize the way parents connect with perinatal experts in the U.S. New and expectant parents can search for virtual and in-person support from trained experts across the full spectrum of parenting challenges, from fertility through early childhood. As an open marketplace, Nessle invites approved experts to list their products and services–and thereby grow their clientele, diversify their offerings, and increase their schedule flexibility by supporting parents on their own time and turf.

The early-stage company is now joining the inaugural cohort of Amazon Web Services (AWS) Impact Accelerator for Women Founders, a technical, business, and mentorship program for women startup founders. The AWS Impact Accelerator for Women Founders is part of the AWS Impact Accelerator, a $30M three-year commitment to provide high-potential, pre-seed startups led by Black, women, Latino, and LGBTQIA+ founders with the tools and knowledge to reach key milestones, such as raising funds or being accepted to a seed-stage accelerator program, while creating powerful solutions in the cloud. Throughout the course of the AWS Impact Accelerator, Nessle plans to work with AWS leaders in healthcare and technology to explore the future of telesupport throughout pregnancy, postpartum, and parenting.

“This partnership is a game changer for our company,” says CEO and Co-Founder Carly Buxton, a Richmonder who started the business in 2019 as a way to connect with her lactation clients through digital tools. “2022 has been a big year for Nessle. When we started in the Lighthouse Labs spring accelerator batch, Nessle was just me: a solo founder bootstrapping a business through sheer will and belief in a clear mission. Now, we’re a team of four and we’re ready to launch our platform to change the way parents get support online. This vote of confidence from AWS couldn’t have come at a better time.” As one of 25 companies chosen for this opportunity, Nessle will receive up to $225,000 in cash and credits, extensive training, mentoring, and technical guidance, as well as introductions to Amazon leaders and teams, networking opportunities with potential investors, and ongoing advisory support.

“Women are the driving force behind a thriving economy and AWS looks forward to supporting these impressive finalists in furthering their missions,” said Howard Wright, vice president of Startups at AWS. “Over the course of eight weeks, they will be developing their ventures alongside AWS technology experts, investors, and partners and we can’t wait to see what they accomplish.”

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