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The Founder Showcase is Silicon Valley’s Premier Seed-Stage Pitch and Networking Event.

The 9th Founder Showcase is now scheduled for January 19th at Microsoft’s Mountain View Campus, and for the first time will feature’s Entrepreneur Investor Awards, where we will celebrate the best startup investors of 2011. All in all, this will be our most exclusive event yet – with just 175 tickets available to the general public.

This event has sold out the last six times, so purchase your tickets today at VentureBeat readers get 15% off with the code vbeat.

These Investor Awards are not your average popularity contest. In fact, the main criteria are the 2011 ratings and reviews investors receive from the 17,000+ Founder and CEO members of  – the web’s largest community to rate and review startup investors. You could call it the “People’s Choice” awards – but we prefer to call it the “Entrepreneur Investor Awards.”

As part of the awards, we will have interactive discussions with three renowned angels and VCs. These discussions will leverage input from attendees, and address critical new trends in startups and investing for 2012. Confirmed to speak so far are:

Are you a seed-stage startup looking for funding or exposure? Then apply to the free Founder Showcase Pitch Competition, where previous presenters have raised over $30 million. The Application Deadline has been extended until December 31st, 2011: Any company less than 2 years old with less than $250,000 in funding is eligible.

Not eligible for the Pitch Competition?  Then enter the Demo Table Competition, where the three top-rated companies from the audience will have an opportunity to speed-pitch one of the Keynote speakers on stage. For more information on Demo Tables, visit

We are also giving away a free Demo Table to someone who helps spread the word. Just tweet a message with the hashtag #foundershowcase and the URL, and on Friday, January 13th we will randomly select one winner on our @founding account. A sample message is below:

– Are you going to #FounderShowcase on 01/19 in Silicon Valley? @msuster and @m2jr are speaking. via @founding

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