Still debating if you should enter the Snowflake Startup Challenge? Perhaps you’ve registered but haven’t quite finalized your application? Or maybe you meant to register and it got forgotten in the flurry of biz dev demands, holidays, year-end reports, engineering sprints, calls with potential investors, and the billion other things that startup leadership teams deal with?
Well, it’s time to rally your team for a final push: the deadline for submitting your Startup Challenge entry is March 1, 2022. That’s 20 short days away!
Entering the Snowflake Startup Challenge is worth your valuable time. The three finalists will have the opportunity to be considered for an investment (totaling up to $1 million across the three finalists), but it’s also a chance to gain global marketing exposure, be recognized for your innovation, and get up-close access to industry experts.
To help you over the final hurdles, here’s a mini FAQ with some of the most common Challenge-related entry questions.
Who can enter?
You must be an early-stage startup that has raised no more than $5 million in cash funding and is building apps and products on Snowflake. It’s a global contest, so whether you’re in Dubai, Dublin, or Detroit, we want to hear from you! Check out the specific eligibility requirements in the official rules.
How do I enter?
Fill out the registration form at www.snowflake.com/startupchallenge. Once you’ve confirmed your interest, you’ll be directed to the application. March 1 is the final day to submit your completed application.
What do I do if I need help with my entry?
What are the judges looking for?
We’re looking for unique data applications that leverage the Data Cloud to address high-impact problems. Snowflake must be used as a core part of the architecture.
Here are the evaluation criteria our judges will use to select the finalists:
- Is your application fresh and original? What’s your competitive advantage?
- What is the business potential for your application? What need does it meet?
- Does your app leverage a broad set of Snowflake features?
- Does your leadership team have the ability to execute?
Who are the judges?
Our grand prize judging panel includes Benoit Dageville, Snowflake’s co-founder; Denise Persson, Snowflake’s CMO; Jayshree Ullal, Arista’s President and CEO; and Carl Eschenbach, Partner at Sequoia Capital. (Note: The judging panel is subject to change. Please refer to the official rules for details.)
Why should I build using Snowflake?
The Snowflake Data Cloud gives startups a powerful foundation for building data applications. We’ve removed traditional obstacles to working with data, like managing complex infrastructure or inaccessible, siloed data sources, so you can focus on building apps and growing your business. With Snowflake, developers can work with the tools they prefer, data can be shared easily and securely, and you can speed up time to market.
Hundreds of companies have already adopted Snowflake’s platform to build data-intensive applications across many use cases, such as customer 360, IoT, machine learning, security, and embedded analytics. Our Data Marketplace puts a huge variety of data sets at your fingertips, so you have the resources you need to develop, test, and iterate on your ideas. The Snowflake ecosystem also allows startups to integrate with a broad range of technology partners and take advantage of a global network where thousands of organizations mobilize data with Snowflake’s near-unlimited scale, concurrency, and performance.
We can’t wait to see the amazing things you’re building using Snowflake. Get your submissions in now at www.snowflake.com/startupchallenge!