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Cloud-focused startups: Here’s your chance to get the attention of VentureBeat readers and key Silicon Valley influencers.

VentureBeat is proud to be partnering with the Under the Radar Conference for “Fast Pitch,” a startup competition taking place November 10th at the Microsoft Conference Center in Mountain View, California.

The basic idea: Eight finalists will have two minutes apiece to pitch their companies to the crowd. The judges will select a single winner.

Venture Beat’s team, along with 300+ decision makers from some of the biggest and most influential brands, agencies and marketing companies will be there to listen to you make your pitch for your company’s game-changing idea. We’re opening up applications for Fast Pitch starting today.

Before you apply, though, here’s more about Fast Pitch:

Date: The Fast Pitch contest will take place on November 10th at the Microsoft Conference Center in Mountain View, California. Please don’t apply if you can’t be there that day, because we need you to pitch your company in person.

Format: The format is simple: You get two minutes to wow the audience and our panel of judges with your pitch. Keep it short and and focus on how you solve the big problems facing retailers, brands and media companies.

Deadline: Be warned, the deadline is fast approaching: Applications are due by Monday, October 24 at 6:00 p.m. PST.  VentureBeat and Dealmaker Media will select eight startups from the application pool. All finalists will receive a single free pass to the Under the Radar conference and the opening night reception.

What are you waiting for? Submit your startup for Fast Pitch!

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.

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