VentureBeat has teamed up with Citrix, a major company specialized in networking and virtualization, to lead a discussion on May 9 at Startup.Synergy about the massive opportunities for startups in the cloud sector.

First, if you’re an emerging startup focused on the cloud, this is your last chance to enter a competition to win an immediate $100K investment from Citrix. The winner will be announced after a pitch session to be held on the day of the San Francisco event. Full competition details here. The winner will also be included in the company’s next accelerator class, which can include up to $250K in seed investment, an office in Silicon Valley, and help with customer development.

The Startup.Synergy event will also include an overview of the innovation landscape at Citrix, startup demos from existing Citrix accelerator portfolio companies, and an investor panel. I’ll be moderating the panel, 4:30-5:15pm, titled: “From Silicon Valley to cloud-covered continents: What this means for startups and corporate venturing.”

Panelists include Paul Weinstein (Azure Capital), Jonathan Siegel (RightVentures), Frank Artale (Ignition Partners), and Carl Showalter (Opus Ventures). Topics will include the following:

  • It takes less time and less capital to build meaningful web technologies today; what are the implications?
  • As networked computing capabilities scale and open, code becomes more intuitive and agile, and big data becomes more readily available; what does it mean for startups?
  • What does all this mean for more mature enterprises and for the world we live in?

If you’d like to attend Startup.Synergy, please register for a One Day Pass on Wednesday, May 9, 2012 (regularly $695) using the code 295WEDF to receive the special rate of $295.  Please visit the Synergy registration site to do so.

Look forward to seeing you there!