Amazon Web Services presents Startup Challenge in Canada, U.S., and elsewhere. Do you have what it takes?

by Knowlton Thomas | Startups

The annual Amazon Web Services (AWS) Startup Challenge is back with an expanded world footprint: startups in 22 countries across the Americas, Asia, and Europe can enter to win. This year, AWS will recognize 5 regional semi-finalists from each of the 3 regions, 6 finalists, and select one global grand prize winner.

So what is the AWS Startup Challenge, why is AWS running this content, and which startups can enter?

 The AWS Start-up Challenge is an annual competition designed for young, promising start-ups to get noticed and compete for a chance to win $100,000 in cash and credits. Start-ups that are using the AWS cloud computing platform can submit an application which describes their business plan and their use of AWS.

Since starting Amazon Web Services in 2006, we have always been excited to help new businesses succeed using our reliable, scalable cloud computing infrastructure. The AWS Start-up Challenge is a way for start-ups worldwide to showcase their businesses powered by AWS, gain exposure, and compete for prizes.

The contest is open to start-ups located in the eligible countries that are currently using or are in the process of using Amazon Web Services. Entrepreneurs or privately held businesses are invited to apply that have not generated more than $10 million USD in gross annual revenues or outside funding. Detailed contest rules will be posted shortly.

AWS is looking for startups that can grow into significant, meaningful businesses that leverage AWS for their infrastructure. Specifically, we will evaluate applications on the following criteria: implementation and integration of Amazon Web Services (the bummer); originality and creativity of the business; likelihood of long-term success and scalability; and effectiveness in addressing a need in the marketplace.

One global winner will receive:

  • $50,000 in cash
  • $50,000 in AWS credits
  • Mentoring sessions from AWS technical experts
  • AWS Premium Support Gold for one year
  • Inclusion in press release and media coverage

View all prizes here. And read this year's contest full and official rules. Good luck!

Enter the AWS Start-Up Challenge
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Knowlton Thomas

Knowlton Thomas

Knowlton is the managing editor of Techvibes and author of Tempest Bound. Based in Vancouver, Knowlton has been published in national publications and has also appeared on television and radio. Previously he was an editor for New Westminster weekly The Other Press and served on its board of directors. When not working, Knowlton enjoys hiking, tennis, and martial arts. more

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