Good news for Fantasy Shopper, the young British social startup, which has been named the winner of the latest Amazon Web Services Start-Up Challenge in San Jose.
Only a few weeks after we broke the news of the site’s launch, the team has scooped a substantial windfall by winning the prize — making it the first non-U.S. company to do so since the competition started five years ago.
It seems the site, which turns shopping for clothes into a game, impressed the judges with its pitch, service and use of the cloud. As a result the company gets $ 50,000 in cash, plus $ 50,000 worth of credits to use with Amazon: a useful bump for the fledgling service, which has so far been funded by pan-European seed accelerator HackFWD.
The runner up was Boston analytics company Localytics, which has provided plenty of great data on mobile usage and iOS5 penetration. It scooped $ 25,000 in cash and the same in credits.
Related research and analysis from GigaOM Pro:
Subscriber content. Sign up for a free trial.
- Microsoft Azure: What It Is, What It Costs and Who Should Care
- Connected world: the consumer technology revolution
- Flash analysis: the future of Yahoo