Amazon Start-Up Challenge goes global

Photo by Om Malik

Amazon Web Services (AWS), the public-cloud division, may soon become a billion-dollar-a-year business. But its economic impact is much bigger and wider than most think. It is crucial to the startup revolution that is sweeping the planet.

Or as Amazon CTO Werner Vogels says, with AWS all you need is an idea, a credit card and a dream. In order to push that philosophy, Amazon holds an annual contest, the AWS Start-Up Challenge, which is now back for its fifth year. 

The annual Amazon Web Services (AWS) Start-up Challenge is back with an expanded worldwide footprint! This annual contest, launched in 2007, is a way for promising start-ups to get noticed and compete for an opportunity to win up to $100,000 in cash and AWS credits.

This year, we will select 15 regional semi-finalists: 5 each from the Americas, Asia Pacific (including Japan), and EMEA (Europe, Middle East & Africa), respectively, who will each receive $2,500 in AWS credits. From these, we will select a minimum of 6 finalists to be awarded a package of $10,000 in AWS credits and a trip to Palo Alto, California, to attend the final round of judging.

Then, after a day of meetings with our judges, we will announce one grand prize winner at a public event for start-ups and investors. The winner will receive a package that includes $50,000 in cash and $50,000 in AWS credits. Read more about the full prize list. (via AWS Start-Up Challenge)

Previous winners include M-Dot Network, GoodData, Yieldex and Ooyala.

Photo of Werner Vogels by Om Malik