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Pete Venters sketches a business concept on a giant cocktail napkin as part of the Seattle 10.

We’re back for another installment of The Seattle 10, recognizing the most compelling and cutting-edge startup companies from our region.

We’ve partnered once again with Seattle’s Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI) and the Bezos Center for Innovation for this fun project in which we’ll choose 10 innovative startups to sketch their business ideas on giant six-by-six foot canvas cocktail napkins.

Kymeta's cocktail napkin design for the 2014 Seattle 10.
Kymeta’s cocktail napkin design for the 2014 Seattle 10 awards. Click on napkin to see all finalists from last year.

Now, here’s the really cool part.

The 10 startups chosen for this honor will have their cocktail napkin drawings placed on display at the the Museum of History and Industry, debuting in front of 1,000 people at the GeekWire Gala on December 2nd. (Reminder: Early-bird tickets for this fun holiday party are on sale now here).

geekwiregala-1500x850This marks the third year for the Seattle 10, which is presented by MOHAI. Past inductees into the Seattle 10 pantheon include: CreativeLive, Porch, SNUPI, Hointer, Modumetal, Planetary Resources, Presage Biosciences and Tune.

Interested in nominating a cutting-edge startup to join the ranks of “The Seattle 10” this year?

Here’s how it will work: Send us a brief description on why you think the startup idea will change the world. (Send directly to me at john@geekwire.com with subject line of Seattle 10).

seattle10-mohai-sea10-stencil1We’re looking for big and bold ideas across a range of industries, from biotechnology and materials science to software and virtual reality. Only startups that are less than five-years-old and are located in the greater Seattle area may apply.

It is also important to note that we’re looking for startup companies that have moved out of the idea stage, those which have already shown tremendous traction with their products or services. Deadline for submission is this Friday, October 16th at 5 p.m.

Note: You do not have to work at a company in order to nominate a startup for the Seattle 10.

We’ll sort through the nominations with the help of an awesome crew of startup experts, including Julie Sandler of Madrona Venture Group; Geoff Entress of Pioneer Square Labs; Rebecca Lovell of the City of Seattle; Leonard Garfield of MOHAI; and Mukund Mohan of Microsoft Ventures.

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Last year’s Seattle 10 on display at MOHAI.

One team member from each selected company will receive free entry to the Gala, including the opportunity to talk to guests about their idea and what makes it so awesome.

Representatives of the museum will distribute the large-scale cocktail napkins in late October or early November, and will include a “how to” manual and supplies for designing your masterpiece. All you need to do is think big, recreating your entrepreneurial idea on this fascinating canvas for all of Seattle to see.

OK, so what are you waiting for?

Send us those nominations this week, and maybe your company will have what it takes to be one of “The Seattle 10.”

Want to see all of the fun unfold? Make sure to grab your tickets for this year’s GeekWire Gala — the geekiest holiday party on Earth — before we sell out. A big thanks to Wells Fargo, the presenting sponsor of this year’s Gala.

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