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CloudBeat 2011 Innovation ShowdownWe’re thrilled to announce that all 10 finalists in the CloudBeat 2011 Innovation Showdown will be invited to attend a special Bootcamp session hosted by Sequoia Capital. The session will take place at Sequoia’s offices in Menlo Park on November 11, a few weeks before the event.

As will be the case live at CloudBeat 2011, each company will have four minutes to showcase their cloud product or service. After each presentation, a mix of leading Sequoia Capital cloud experts, VentureBeat staff and speaking coaches will provide thorough and actionable feedback (both on the content and the presentation). This is an amazing opportunity to foster relationships with Sequoia Capital and receive expert advice on honing your pitch. And this is all before the event!

The submission deadline for the Innovation Showdown is next Monday, October 31 at 5pm PT. So if you know of anyone with a cool and disruptive cloud product or service, have them apply here.

To recap, we’re looking for companies that are leveraging the cloud and changing how businesses serve customers, empower employees and deliver tangible value to investors. From startups to established companies with brilliant new ideas, we’re looking for the products and services that will revolutionize the enterprise. And we’re giving special consideration to products that are new, or that haven’t been widely publicized yet. Full details can be found here.


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In addition to the Sequoia Bootcamp session, finalists will have four minutes to showcase their innovative cloud technologies live at CloudBeat 2011 in front of 500 industry executives and press. Our team of sages — made up of cloud experts, venture capitalists and actual enterprise customers — will provide feedback, recap the highlights and determine the winner.

The Showdown winner will be announced onstage at CloudBeat 2011 and will receive a VentureBeat editorial profile, introductions to additional investors and/or relevant potential customers in our network, and other prizes yet to be announced.

Again, the submission deadline is October 31. For all Showdown details and to apply, go here.

We’re looking forward to a great event!

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