Amazon Web Services is accepting entries from developers for its fourth annual AWS Start-P Challenge, a contest to recognize start-ups that are built on the AWS cloud computing platform.
For the first time, AWS will choose regional award winners in the Americas, Asia Pacific and Europe. Regional semi-finalists will receive $2,500US in AWS service credits. Global finalists will receive $10,000US in AWS service credits and a trip to Palo Alto, CA., for the final judging and awards ceremony. The global grand prize winner will be awarded $50,000US cash, $50,000US in AWS service credits, premium support services and technical mentorship from Amazon Web Services for one year, as well as a possible investment offer from Amazon. All qualified contestants will receive $25US in AWS service credits to kick-start the process of building their businesses on AWS.
Entries must be received no later than midnight US Pacific Time on October 31st, 2010. Regional semi-finalists and global finalists will be announced in November. In December, finalists will fly to Palo Alto, CA., to present their businesses to a panel of AWS executives, venture capitalists and an audience of technology industry leaders. The final AWS Start-Up Challenge event, including presentations from all finalists and awards ceremony, will be streamed live worldwide.
“Traditionally, start-ups and entrepreneurs have been constrained by the availability of resources and infrastructure to develop their products and services. Since launching more than four years ago, AWS has enabled hundreds of thousands of companies in more than 190 countries to free up their precious engineering resources to focus on work that truly differentiates their businesses,” said Adam Selipsky, Vice President of Amazon Web Services.
“With AWS, developers and companies of all sizes can tap into critical resources such as storage, compute, database and CDN functionality with no up-front investment or long-term commitments. This has helped level the playing field for many start-ups competing in the global marketplace.”