Amazon Web Services LLC (AWS), an Amazon.com company (NASDAQ:AMZN), today announced the call for entries to the sixth AWS Global Start-Up Challenge, a contest to recognize innovative start-ups that are built on AWS’s cloud computing platform. This year, AWS will select four grand prize winners – one from each of the following categories: Big Data & High Performance Computing; Gaming; Consumer Applications; and Business Applications. Each grand prize winner will be awarded $50,000 in cash, $50,000 in AWS credits, AWS Support services at the Business-level tier for one year, and technical mentorship from AWS.
AWS Global Start-Up Challenge entries will be judged on their implementation and integration of AWS services, originality and creativity of the business, likelihood of long-term success and scalability, and how well the business addresses a need in the marketplace. Entries must be received no later than November 9, 2012. Semi-finalists will be announced in early December and finalists will be announced in early January, and invited to attend the AWS Global Start-Up Challenge event later in January in San Francisco, CA, where they will present their businesses to a panel of AWS executives, venture capitalists and an audience of technology industry leaders. To learn more about the AWS Global Start-Up Challenge, visit
“By allowing companies to deploy technology infrastructure with no capital expense and low pay-as-you-go pricing, and providing a technology platform with very broad functionality and a global footprint of datacenters, AWS is helping start-ups from around the world do what has traditionally been cost prohibitive in the past – start a company with worldwide customers on a shoestring budget and see whether you have something meaningful,” said Adam Selipsky, Vice President, Amazon Web Services. “From Brazil to Japan, Europe to Australia, the Congo to the United States, start-ups are putting their ideas to work and innovating quickly to get to market faster and compete on a global scale. We’re looking forward to this year’s Challenge and seeing the types of dynamic new businesses around the world who are leveraging AWS.”