Eight Fast Pitch nominees to go head-to-head in blitzkrieg VentureBeat competition. Who will win?

Eight startups enter. One startup leaves.

Much like the Thunderdome, VentureBeat’s Fast Pitch competition next week will be a speedy, raucous, show-no-mercy affair. With luck it will be a lot less violent, however. Eight startups will take the stage for two minutes apiece, during which they’ll have to impress the judges with PowerPoint, a quick demo, or just sheer force of personality.

It’s happening at the Under the Radar Conference Mountain View, California, starting at 9 a.m. on November 10.

Under the Radar and VentureBeat have picked the finalists who will be facing the judges — and the crowd of over 300 Silicon Valley executives, investors and influencers. Here’s the list, with descriptions provided by each company or found on its website.

71lbs logo71lbs
71lbs.com is a SaaS that allows businesses to effortlessly consolidate, analyze, and audit their FedEx, UPS and USPS parcel shipping spend. 71lbs audits help clients recover an average of 4 to 6 percent of their parcel shipping spend on a no risk, contingent fee basis.

Ecquire logoEcquire
Ecquire eliminates data entry by moving your day’s efforts from where you work to where it needs to be. You can move your data from Gmail, LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter. And with one click, you can store it in SalesForce, Highrise, MailChimp or Google Docs.

Flowr logoFlowr
Flowr is a social collaboration tool for companies, where co-workers can collaborate around ideas, share files, ask questions, post tasks, events, polls etc. Flowr is very well designed, tightly integrated with Google Apps, with several features and a strong mobile support with its iPhone, Android and HTML5 app.

LocalMind logoLocalmind
Localmind is real-time, location-based Q&A platform that leverages social check-in services. Localmind allows you to ask questions of users checked-in right now anywhere around the world — so you can find out how crowded the bar is, what specials at the restaurant are, or whether the coffee shop’s Wi-Fi is up.

Matygo logoMatygo
Matygo’s mission is to deliver top quality, affordable education to people around the world. There is a huge gap between the social learning that takes place in small, real-world classrooms and the isolated experience of traditional distance ed or recorded video-based courses. Matygo is working to take the distance out of distance education.

Rentcycle logoRentcycle
Rentcycle provides any store that rents items, from tuxedos to bicycles, with the tools to move their business online, leaving behind paper or server-based inventory systems widely used today. Dubbed “OpenTable for rentals,” Rentcycle helps rental shops in three ways: a back-end system to manage daily operations, technology to facilitate reservations directly through the store’s website and an online marketplace to find brand new customers.

Yappoint logoYappoint
Yappoint offers people an extraordinary connection with service providers, clients, friends and family. Via an easy to use calendar interface, anyone can manage appointments with their favorite service provider/clients, or friends, or family in seconds, without having to waste time giving a call or writing long emails.

Yast logoYast
Spend two minutes at yast.com, and you’ll see why this time tracker stands out in the crowd. Our mobile apps are “html5″-integrated to our site, with real-time updates to the web interface. Yast Calls makes you invoice every phone call with your client.

About the Event

Under the Radar is a one-day showcase of hand-selected disruptive companies in a particular sector. Under the Radar takes a comprehensive look at the true innovators fueling the explosion of emerging technology and new business opportunities. Each company presents their offering to a panel of active industry experts, along with an audience of more than 300-early adopter technology insiders. 64 percent of past presenting companies have gone on to close partnerships, raise funding or be acquired after presenting at Under the Radar. Alumni include: LinkedIn, AdMob, Flickr, Loopt, Jive, 3Tera and more.

Photo by Paretz Partensky/Flickr.