VentureBeat has teamed up with Citrix Startup Accelerator to lead a discussion on May 9 at Startup.Synergy about the massive opportunities for startups in the enterprise sector.

First, if you’re an emerging startup focused on cloud, mobile, desktop, or collaboration, this event is your opportunity to learn about the Accelerator as a potential investor in your company.

In fact, in the middle of the day’s event, Citrix will make a new, on-the-spot $100,000 investment to the winner of the Startup.Synergy Challenge.

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.

Applications to the Challenge are now closed, but applications to the Acclerator will remain open as more investments are placed this year.

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 150WEDF to receive the special rate of $150.  Additionally, all attendees will receive annual subscriptions to GoToMeeting and Sharefile Pro (regularly $1,100).

Look forward to seeing you there!