Nominations are underway for the Innovation Showdown, one of the highlights of VentureBeat’s second annual DataBeat event (May 19-May 20) at in San Francisco.

We’re looking for companies, from young startups to more established players, with the best new ideas in — and around — data.

Is your product or service providing big data solutions or smart analytics tools to help businesses effectively increase revenue and reduce costs? Then this is your opportunity to showcase that fresh idea or disruptive technology in front of 500-plus business and IT execs, investors, and press.

We’re breaking the 10 finalists into two groups: Early stage companies (late seed stage to Series A funding) and Midstage companies (Series A to Series B funding).

Finalists will have 4 minutes to showcase their innovative data technologies live at DataBeat to a team of expert judges.

We’ll announced showdown winners onstage, and they will receive VentureBeat coverage, introductions to investors and/or relevant potential customers in our network, and other prizes that we haven’t announced yet.

Apply here for the Innovation Showdown. The deadline is Monday, April 28 at 11:59 p.m. Pacific.

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