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Amazon Web Services Start-Up Challenge for US residents

20 September 2007

Amazon Web Services LLC (AWS), a subsidiary of Amazon.com Inc., this month launched the Amazon Web Services Start-Up Challenge, a contest for entrepreneurs and software developers that will award the winner a first prize of $50,000 in cash, $50,000 in Amazon Web Services (AWS) credits, mentoring sessions from an AWS technical expert, and an investment offer from Amazon.com.

Four second-place winners will receive $5,000 in AWS credits and all qualified contestants receive up to $25 towards AWS service credits during the contest to start building their new business. Contestants will be evaluated on the originality and promise of their venture, and the degree to which the business leverages the pay-as-you-go technology solutions offered by Amazon Web Services. Developers and entrepreneurs can learn more about AWS and the Start-Up Challenge, and can start building the winning idea today at http://aws.amazon.com/startupchallenge. Entries are due no later than 11:59 P.M. (PT) on October 28, 2007.

AWS gives businesses access to in-the-cloud services based on Amazon's own back-end technology infrastructure to enable virtually any type of business. Services such as Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) and Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) make it possible for any business to reach the scale of major internet players such as Amazon.com, but without the expensive price tag these companies must pay to build and maintain such reliable, secure, and scalable infrastructure. Developers and entrepreneurs can use AWS to achieve this level of web scale with zero up-front investment and low, pay-as-you-go pricing.

Contestants must submit the online application form by October 28, 2007. Five finalists will be announced in early November. Each finalist will be profiled in an online video viewable on the AWS website where registered Amazon Web Services developers can let the judges know who their favorite contestant is by voting. The finalists will present their business ideas in December to a panel of Amazon executives at Amazon headquarters in Seattle and meet with various Amazon technical teams. An awards dinner attended by venture capitalist firms and Amazon leadership will be held that night, and the winner will be announced publicly the following day. The finalists will also have an opportunity before the awards dinner to present their ideas to the venture capitalist firms.

Eligible Start-Up Challenge contestants need to be individuals who are legal residents of the U.S. or privately-held companies based in the U.S. that have not generated more than $10 million in annual revenue. Business ideas submitted for the contest must use fee-based solutions offered by AWS, such as Amazon S3 and EC2 (see contest details for list of eligible services). A complete description of the prizes and contest rules can be found at http://aws.amazon.com/startupchallenge.

Disclaimer: The above information has been provided as a news article for your informational purposes, and is sourced from details provided by a third party. The competition outlined above is being run by a third party; Multimedia Australia Pty. Ltd. (operating under the 'Software Industry Professionals' brand name) is in no way associated with the competition. Every effort has been made to ensure that the above information was correct at the time of publication. You should take reasonable steps to ensure the information outlined above is correct and suitable for your particular circumstances.


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