Last Chance to Nominate Startups For the Crunchies (Nearly 72,000 Entries So Far)

Since we started taking nominations for the 2007 Crunchies Awards on December 3, there have been nearly 72,000 submissions so far, across 20 categories. The companies with the most submissions will have a greater chance of making it as a finalist (but that is not the only factor). The deadline for putting in your nominations is midnight tonight, December 12, pst. So if you haven’t already voted, here is your last chance. You have a little less than nine hours left.

After we sort through all the nominations with our co-hosts GigaOm, Read/WriteWeb and VentureBeat, five finalists will be announced for each category (probably on Monday). The categories include Best Bootstrapped Start-Up, Best Consumer Start-Up, Best Enterprise Start-Up, Best Mobile Start-Up, Best User-Generated Content Site, Best Clean-Tech Start-Up, Best Video Site, Best Time Sink, Best Start-Up CEO, and Best New Start-Up of 2007. Once the finalists are up, you will be able to vote on them as well at the Crunchies site. The winners will be announced on January 18 at the Herbst Theater in San Francisco.

Tickets will be made available soon. The theater holds about 1,000 people.

Thanks to Sun Microsystems Business Analytics, Microsoft and Charles River Ventures for sponsoring the Crunchies. Contact us if you’re interested to sponsor an award or other part of the evening festivities.