Innovation ShowdownVentureBeat excited to announce the opening of applications for the MobileBeat 2013 Innovation Showdown, one of the highlights of our 6th annual event on the the future of mobile.

Mobile startups: This is your chance to showcase your company, product, or solution to 700 mobile executives, leaders, IT decision makers, venture capitalists, and press.

We’re inviting 10 finalists to present their innovative mobile app or product live at the event. Our expert team of judges will provide feedback, recap the highlights, and determine the winners.

This year’s focus is on how your company embodies, enables, or amplifies a killer “Mobile Experience.” We’re selecting the 10 finalists based on these criteria:

1) Early stage companies (late seed stage to Series A):
We’ll select five companies that have received a range of $500,000 to $3 million in seed or early Series A funding. If you are a startup or a company that has received less than $3 million in funding, you may apply. We will provide you with a mandatory “bootcamp” pitch mentoring process where experts will help you to hone your pitch. We will also accept applications where companies have minimally viable product that is in a pilot or a beta but have not launched on a large scale yet.

2) Midstage Companies (Series A to Series B funding):
The other five companies must have at least Series A or B funding (have received more than $3 million in funding, including your first or second venture round). You have a product on the market with a defined customer base and paying customers or pilots. You have a defined sales cycle and pipeline. You are looking to expand your executive, tech, or sales team and need to do another raise for expansion.

We’ll be announcing prizes in the coming weeks. Click here for full application guidelines and form.

Make sure to register for MobileBeat 2013 soon. Early-bird pricing ends Tuesday, May 28 at 5 p.m. Pacific time.

Thanks the following industry leaders for supporting MobileBeat 2013: CloudOn as Platinum Sponsor; New Relic & Tapjoy as Gold Sponsors, Fjord, Flurry, Kontagent, LifeStreet Media, & MoPub as Silver Sponsors; and Helpshift, IDrive, & Urban Airship as Event Sponsors.