By Jonathan Greechan (Partner, The Founder Institute)
Are you a seed-stage startup looking for funding or exposure? Apply to the Founder Showcase Pitch Competition, where previous presenters have raised over $30 million without ever being required to pay a dime. Any company less than two years old with less than $250,000 in funding is eligible, but time is running out.

To apply for your chance to present on-stage, click here. The Application Deadline is December 31, 2011, but the sooner you apply, the longer you have to collect votes. Priya Sheth, Guest Blogger on Women 2.0 and Founder Labs Graduate, made it to the finals of the last event with her company Be Scrappy. Check out her pitch below.

8th Founder Showcase – Be Scrappy from Founder Institute on Vimeo.

The Founder Showcase is Silicon Valley’s Leading Seed-Stage Pitch Event. The 9th Founder Showcase is scheduled for January 19th in Mountain View, and will be our most exclusive event yet with only 175 tickets available to the general public. For the first time the event will feature’s Entrepreneur Investor Awards, where we will celebrate the top startup investors of 2011, and discuss the prospects of 2012 through a series of on-stage discussions with renowned angels and VCs. So far we’ve confirmed great speakers like:

  • Mark Suster (General Partner at GRP Partners, and Writer at Both Sides of the Table
  • Mike Maples, Jr. (Managing Partner, FLOODGATE)
    Guests will also see an entertaining Pitch Competition featuring eight promising seed-stage companies, and enjoy appetizers and drinks in a networking hall full of other hot startups demoing their wares in a Demo Table Competition. We are expecting over 150 startup investors in attendance, so purchase your tickets today.

Women 2.0 readers get 15% off with discount code “w20? when you register here. This event has sold out the last six times, so purchase your tickets today!

We are also giving away a free Demo Table to someone who helps spread the word. Just tweet a message with the hashtag #foundershowcase and the URL, and, on Friday, January 13, we will randomly select one winner on Twitter at @founding. A sample message is “Are you going to #FounderShowcase on 1/19 in Silicon Valley? @msuster and @m2jr are speaking. via @founding”

Editor’s note: Got a question for our guest blogger? Leave a message in the comments below.
About the guest blogger: Jonathan Greechan is a Partner at The Founder Institute, a global network of startups and mentors launching hundreds of companies per year in over 20 locations worldwide. He is also a Partner at TheFunded, the web’s leading online community of technology entrepreneurs to share fundraising advice, and produces the Founder Showcase, a quarterly startup pitch and networking event in Silicon Valley. Throughout his career he has advised hundreds of startups on marketing and PR. Follow him on Twitter at @jonnystartup.