The Amazon Web Services (AWS) Global Start-Up Challenge is back. This contest, launched in 2007, is a way for promising start-ups to get noticed and compete for an opportunity to win some great rewards for your start-up. This year’s challenge offers prizes such as $100K in combined cash and credits for multiple winners, VC introductions, PR support, and more. If your start-up is built using AWS, we want you to apply!

Those who are eligible to enter include:

(a) Individuals or sole proprietors who have reached the older of 18 years old or the age of majority in their jurisdiction of residence and have the full legal capacity to participate in this Contest at time of entry; or

(b) Privately held businesses that have not generated more than $10 million USD in gross annual revenues and no more than $10 million USD in outside funding.

Young companies worldwide can once again enter the contest – please read the eligibility portion of the Official Rules for detailed information.

What’s in it for you?

Meet Tier One Investors: At last year’s event, finalists met 1:1 with representatives from top VCs such as Andreessen Horowitz, Union Square Ventures, NEA, Accel and Madrona Venture Group. Last year’s winner Fantasy Shopper went on to raise $3.3M from top tier venture firms NEA and Accel after the Challenge.

Press and attention for your start-up: Finalists and Semi-Finalists will be featured in Start-Up Challenge press releases which have previously been picked up by top tech outlets such as TechCrunch and GigaOM.

Cash and Credits to Build Your Business: This year, we will announce one Grand Prize winner in each of the following categories:

  1. Big Data & High Performance Computing
  2. Gaming
  3. Consumer Applications
  4. Business Applications

Each grand prize winner will be awarded $50,000 in cash, $50,000 in AWS credits, as well as AWS Business-level support for one year and technical mentorship from Amazon Web Services.

The remaining Finalists in each category will receive $10,000 in AWS Credits.

The remaining Semi-Finalists will receive $2,000 in AWS Credits.

Also, all eligible entrants who submit a qualified entry into the contest will receive $25 in AWS Credits that will be issued at the conclusion of the contest.

More information on contest prizes can be found here.

Expert Input and Advice: The final round of judging will take place in January 2013 in San Francisco, California and will be conducted by AWS founders and top engineers, and executives Andy Jassy, Charlie Bell, James Hamilton, Adam Selipsky, and Peter Krawiec. Finalists will spend time with the AWS executive team and receive direct feedback on their start-ups.

Wield the Golden Hammer: Join the ranks of past Start-Up Challenge winners and help usher in the era of cloud computing. We’ll have four Grand Prize winners, four hammers, and four servers to smash into oblivion.

Ready to Enter?

The entry period begins on September 14, 2012 and ends on November 9, 2012.

For more information, click here

And of course, don’t forget to check out our other opportunities


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