Open to legal residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia who at the time of application (i) are the older of 18 years of age or the legal age of majority in their state of residence; (ii) are the registered brand owner of a small or medium sized business (according to the Gartner definition of small business as an entity with annual revenue of $50 million or under) headquartered in the United States with an existing physical consumer product that is available for sale to the public; (iii) have a valid trademark for the brand; (iv) and are under $5,000,000 in trailing 12 months (TTM) gross merchandise sale (GMS) (each, an “Eligible Brand”). This Contest is not open to independent contractors, or immediate family members (spouses, domestic partners, parents, grandparents, siblings, children, and grandchildren) or those living in the same household of employees or independent contractors of Amazon.com Services LLC (“Sponsor”), or any entity involved in any aspect of the Contest (including funding, judging or administration), and each of their respective parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, advisors, or advertising/promotion agencies.HOW TO PARTICIPATE.
Contest begins at 12:00:01 a.m. (PT) on July 18, 2022 and ends at 11:59:59 p.m. (PT) on August 18, 2022 (the “Contest Period”).
To participate the Contest, go to sell.amazon.com/programs/launchpad/sustainability
and follow the instructions to complete the online questionnaire form with the information requested (each, an “Application”). Applications must be received no later than 11:59:59 p.m. (PT) on August 18, 2022 to be considered.
Limit one (1) Application per product for an Eligible Brand throughout the Contest Period. In the event an Eligible Brand submits more than one (1) Application per product, the first Application received by Sponsor will be deemed your Application.
Sponsor’s (or its contractor’s) servers and clock shall be deemed the official clock for all phases of the Contest, and your proof of an application does not constitute proof of receipt by Sponsor. Sponsor is not responsible for (i) lost, misdirected, late, incomplete, or unintelligible Applications or inaccurate Application information, whether caused by you or by any of the equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the Contest, or by any technical or human error that may occur in the processing of Applications; or (ii) any printing, production, human or typographical errors in any materials associated with the Contest.
Sponsor reserves the right in its sole and unfettered discretion to disqualify at any time any Application containing obscene, offensive, pornographic or sexually explicit material, or libelous, disparaging, infringing or other inappropriate content or subject matter (as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion). Application must be suitable for family viewing on a national news network, meet the community guidelines found at https://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html?nodeId=14279631, and meet other reasonable community standards.CONDITIONS OF APPLICATION.
All Applications must be the original creations of the participants, and by submitting an Application, each participant grants to Sponsor the worldwide, transferable, non-exclusive, royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable, and fully sub-licensable right to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, create derivative works from, distribute, and display the Application throughout the world in any media (whether now known or hereafter devised).
Participants agree to indemnify and hold harmless Sponsor, and any entity involved in any aspect of the Contest (including funding, judging, provision of awards or administration), and each of their respective parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, contractors, advisors, and advertising/promotion agencies, and each of the foregoing entity’s respective officers, members, directors, shareholders, employees, agents, representatives and associates, (collectively, the “Released Parties”), for any action or claim relating to the Contest. Without limiting any other grant contemplated in these Official Rules, along with the participant’s name, business and/or likeness may be posted on any website owned and/or operated by Sponsor or any of its affiliates (“Sponsor Site”), Sponsor’s pages on any social media websites, including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, Tumblr, and any other website or other online point of presence through which any products or services available on or through the Sponsor Site are described, syndicated, offered, merchandised, or advertised, in Sponsor’s sole discretion.
Sponsor is collecting personal information primarily to process the Applications and to contact you if necessary, but also to potentially contact you for marketing purposes. If you do not wish to be contacted for marketing purposes, you will be provided with a method to opt-out from future communications. You may update or change your “E-mail Preferences & Notifications” in your Amazon.com account at www.amazon.com/youraccount. Sponsor will share your information with third parties that have a need to know, such as the judging panels, and by participating, you agree to the sharing of your information with the judging panels and third parties whom Sponsor retains to assist in administering the Contest. If you do not agree to these terms or to Sponsor’s privacy notice located at www.amazon.com/privacy, please do not post an application.INITIAL JUDGING PHASE.
All eligible Applications received by Sponsor during the Contest Period will be reviewed by a panel of judges selected by the Sponsor. All Applications will be reviewed by the panel of judges based on the following criteria: (1) Creativity of design and execution of the submitted product in adherence to Contest theme (40%); (2) Efficacy of the product compared to similar products in the category (40%); and (3) The size of the customer need addressed by the product (20%). The ten (10) Eligible Brands with the highest scores, as determined by the judging panel will be deemed potential semifinalists (“Potential Semifinalists”), subject to verification and compliance with these Official Rules. In the event of a tie, the tie will be broken by a separate additional judge who will score the tied Applications solely on rating the brand on differentiation (scale 1 – 10) and rating brands differentiation within their industry (scale 1 - 10).SEMIFINALIST NOTIFICATION.
Within five (5) business days following the Judging Phase, we will notify the Potential Semifinalists using the contact information submitted as part of the Application. Each Potential Semifinalist will be required to sign and return an Affidavit of Eligibility and Liability/Publicity Release as requested by Sponsor (in its sole discretion).
Potential Semifinalist will also be required to mail in a sample of their product for final judging within three (3) days of semifinalist notification. Sponsor will provide shipping address and will pay for all shipping costs.
Potential Semifinalist must agree that they are willing to submit their product for the Climate Partner certification.
Sponsor may, in its sole discretion, require the Potential Semifinalists to sign such additional documents Sponsor decides are necessary to confirm eligibility and obtain a liability/publicity release. Failure to return any required documents by the date requested by Sponsor will deem the applicable Potential Semifinalist as ineligible. If any documentation is not returned by the specified dates, Sponsor may, in its sole discretion, select another participant as a potential Semifinalist. Potential Semifinalists must contact Sponsor as requested within 48 hours, or we may notify a runner-up.FINALIST JUDGING PHASE.
All finalist Applications will be reviewed by a separate panel of judges selected by the Sponsor using the same judging criteria outlined above. The five (5) finalists with the highest scores, as determined by the judging panel will be deemed award recipients (“Award Recipients”), subject to verification, compliance with these Official Rules. Award Recipients are required to submit their product for a Climate Partner certification. Sponsor will pay for Award Recipients’ Climate Partner certification and the cost of carbon neutralization for one (1) year (twelve (12) months).
In the event of a tie, the tie will be broken by a separate additional judge who will score the tied finalist Applications solely on rating the brand on differentiation (scale 1 – 10) and rating brands differentiation within their industry (scale 1 - 10).AWARDS.
We will award five (5) award packages. Each award package consists of $20,000, which will be deposited into Award Recipients’ bank account associated with their Amazon seller account, an invitation to join Amazon Launchpad and the cost of the Climate Partner certification for one (1) year (twelve (12) months). Additionally, Sponsor will give Award Recipients’ $500 to cover their Amazon Professional Selling Plan fees for one (1) year (twelve (12) months), which will be deposited into Award Recipients’ bank account associated with their Amazon seller account. The total Approximate Retail Value (“ARV”) of each award package: $30,000 The ARV of all award packages throughout Contest Period is $150,000.Award Conditions.
Awards will be fulfilled by Sponsor. If you are selected as an award recipient, Sponsor will use the information you submit in connection with this Contest to fulfill the award. Award Recipients will be required to submit his/her social security number or tax payer ID number to Sponsor in order to claim the award.
Award Recipients are required to become a Professional Seller with Amazon for one (1) year (twelve (12) months). Sponsor will cover the cost of the selling plan fee for one (1) year (twelve (12) months). Award Recipients must be onboarded to Amazon in order to receive any awards.
Award Recipients are required to submit their product for a Climate Partner certification. Sponsor will pay for Award Recipients’ Climate Partner certification and the cost of carbon neutralization for one (1) year (twelve (12) months). Award Recipients will be responsible for paying all costs and expenses related to the award that are not specifically mentioned herein, including but not limited to, taxes and any other expenses that might reasonably be incurred by award recipient in receiving or using the award.
Sponsor reserves the right to substitute an award (or any portion thereof) with an item of comparable or greater value, in its sole discretion. All awards will be awarded “AS IS” and WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, express or implied (including, without limitation, any implied warranty of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose).
UNLESS THE RECIPIENT IS EXEMPT FROM US TAX REPORTING REQUIREMENTS BASED ON INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE (IRS) RULES, THE CASH PRIZE AMOUNT OF $20,500 WILL BE REPORTED ON IRS FORM 1099-MISC (MISCELLANEOUS INCOME), FILED WITH THE IRS AND ISSUED TO THE RECIPIENT. TAX IDENTITY INFORMATION WILL BE COLLECTED BY COMPLETING IRS FORM W-9 (REQUEST FOR TAXPAYER IDENTIFICATION NUMBER AND CERTIFICATION), OR EQUIVALENT, IN ADVANCE OF PAYMENT OF ANY PRIZE AMOUNTS. Each winner shall be solely responsible for payment of any and all applicable federal, state and local taxes relating to the prize winnings.ADDITIONAL TERMS.
We reserve the right, in our sole discretion, to select fewer than five (5) award recipients if we do not receive a minimum of five (5) new eligible and qualified Applications. To the maximum extent permitted by law, Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to change these rules or cancel the Contest at any time, or to modify, terminate, or suspend the Contest should viruses, worms, bugs, unauthorized human intervention, or other causes beyond Sponsor’s control corrupt or impair the administration, security, fairness, or proper play of the Contest or posting of Applications during the Contest Period. In the event the Contest is terminated, Sponsor reserves the right to determine the potential award recipients from among all Applications received prior to such date and time of termination using the voting process identified above. Sponsor is not responsible for any human or other error that may occur in the processing of the Applications, nor is it responsible for any error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operation or transmission, theft or destruction, or unauthorized access to, or alteration of, Applications, or for technical, network, telephone, computer, hardware or software, malfunctions of any kind, or inaccurate transmission of, or failure to receive any application information on account of technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet or at any website. Sponsor is not responsible for injury or damage to any participant’s computer or any other device resulting from downloading any materials in connection with the Contest. Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to disqualify at any time any individual or Application found to be in violation of these rules, or any individual tampering with the application process, the outcome of the Contest, or the operation of the Contest or website or acting in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner or with intent to annoy, abuse, threaten, or harass any other person. CAUTION: ANY ATTEMPT BY ANY INDIVIDUAL TO DELIBERATELY DAMAGE ANY WEBSITE OR UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THE CONTEST MAY BE A VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAWS, AND SHOULD SUCH AN ATTEMPT BE MADE, SPONSOR AND ITS AFFILIATES RESERVE THE RIGHT TO SEEK DAMAGES AND/OR OTHER RELIEF FROM ANY SUCH PERSON TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW. MISCELLANEOUS.
The Contest and all accompanying materials are copyright © 2022 by Amazon.com Services LLC. All rights reserved. By participating, participants agree to be bound by these rules. No transfer, assignment, cash redemption, or substitution of awards is permitted except by Sponsor due to award availability and then with awards of equal or greater value.
Each participant agrees (for themselves and their heirs) that the Released Parties will have no liability, and will be held harmless by such participant to the maximum extent permitted by law for any liability, loss, injury, or damage to property or to person, including death, and reasonable attorney’s fees and court costs, due in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, by reason of participation in the Contest, or by reason of the acceptance, possession, use or misuse of any award, even if caused or contributed to by the negligence of any of the Released Parties. Contest is governed by the laws of the United States and the State of Washington. As a condition of participating in this Contest, participants agree that any and all disputes which cannot be resolved between the parties, and causes of action arising out of or in connection with this Contest, will be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action, exclusively before a court located in King County, Washington having jurisdiction. Further, in any such dispute, under no circumstances will participants be permitted to obtain awards for, and hereby waive all rights to claim, punitive, incidental, or consequential damages, including attorneys' fees, other than participant’s actual out-of-pocket expenses (e.g. costs associated with participating), and participant further waives all rights to have damages multiplied or increased. Contest is void where prohibited by law. Participants agree that the decisions of Sponsor and the judges related to the Contest are final. AWARD RECIPIENT LIST.
After the award recipients are confirmed, the award recipient’s names will be posted at sell.amazon.com/programs/launchpad/sustainability
Amazon.com Services LLC (“we” or “us”), 8329 W. Sunset Road, Suite 200, Las Vegas, NV 89113.
Privacy Notice: All information submitted in connection with this Contest will be treated in accordance with these Official Rules and Amazon.com’s Privacy Notice