Amazon Startup Challenge Enters Fourth Year

The Amazon Web Services (AWS) Start-Up Challenge returns for a fourth consecutive year. AWS is in search of startups that are using (or planning to use) any paid service from Amazon's suite that includes Amazon Product Advertising API. AWS will award $50,000 in cash and over $140,000 in AWS credits.

The global winner receives the $50,000 in cash and $50,000 in AWS credits. Six global finalists will receive $10,000 in AWS credits. Fifteen regional semi-finalists, five in each of the three regions, Americas, Asia and Europe, will receive $2,500 in AWS credits. In addition, all eligible entrants that complete the application form will receive $25 in AWS credits.

The contest is open to individuals and privately held businesses that have gross annual revenue of less than $10 million USD (or less than $10 million USD in outside funding) and are legally headquartered in any one of 22 countries, which are grouped into three regions, Americas, Asia and Europe. Complete rules, including the full list of countries, are provided in the Official Rules.

Applicants will be the judged on the following criteria:

  1. implementation and integration of Amazon Web Services cloud computing platform;
  2. originality and creativity of the business;
  3. likelihood of long-term success and scalability;
  4. effectiveness in addressing a need in the marketplace.

Past grand prize winners include Ooyala (2007), Yieldex (2008) and GoodData (2009).

If you're interested in participating in this year's Startup Challenge, you'll want to check out our directory, which lists 19 APIs associated with Amazon. The most popular APIs for mashups include Amazon Product Advertising API, Amazon S3 and Amazon EC2.

For more information, check out the AWS Start-Up challenge web site. Want other current API contents? We've got you covered.


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