The annual Amazon Web Services (AWS) Start-up Challenge 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. Eligible start-ups that are using the AWS cloud computing platform can submit an entry into the contest which describes their business plan and use of AWS paid services.

The 2011 Amazon Web Services (“AWS”) Start-Up Challenge (“Contest”) is open to:

  • (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 (approximately 6,909,656 EUR) in gross annual revenues and no more than $10 million USD (approximately 6,909,656 EUR) in outside funding.

The winner of the single global prize will get a package that includes US$50,000 in cash, US$50,000 in AWS credits, four one-hour mentoring sessions from AWS technical experts, and AWS Premium Support Gold for one year.

The deadline for entries is midnight October 2, 2011 (US Pacific Time). Semi-finalists and finalists will be announced in November. The final round will be held also in November.