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Dwolla making a run at the Crunchies

If you’re following people from the Silicon Prairie on Twitter, you may have a noticed an influx of tweets encouraging a vote for Dwolla for a “Crunchie,” the award of an annual competition co-hosted by GigaOm, VentureBeat and TechCrunch. Now in its fourth year, the Crunchies recognize and celebrate the most compelling startups, internet and technology innovations of the year.

If Dwolla were able to nab an award, they’d be in some mighty fine company. A few of last year’s winners include Facebook (Best Overall Startup Or Product Of 2009), Dropbox (Best Internet Application), and foursquare (Best Mobile Application). See the full list at techcrunch.com/2010/01/08/crunchies-winner.

In addition to naming one winner in each of its 20 categories, the Crunchies also gives recognition to five finalists in each category. From my summation, the Crunchies that Dwolla has the best chance of earning would either be “Best Social Commerce App” or “Best New Startup Or Product Of 2010,” but on Twitter the most popular nomination for Dwolla is “Best Overall Startup Or Product Of 2010.”

Here’s more information on the Crunchies and how to vote, from yesterday’s TechCrunch post by Erick Schonfeld, “Whoomp! There It Is… The Crunchies Awards 2010!

To make the Crunchies possible, we need you! Since our readers help determine the ultimate winner of the coveted gorilla award, we need you to get out there and nominate the best startups, apps, entrepreneurs, and investors in 20 different categories. Nominations open today and will close Friday night, December 24 at midnight PST. Self-nominations are welcome.

The Crunchies Committee will then choose five finalists per category based on the top nominees and their notable accomplishments in 2010. Popular voting for selected Finalists will begin January 3 and close Wednesday evening, January 19, 2011 at midnight PST. Click here to read the full rules. You may nominate and vote once per day in each category.

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The Crunchies will take place January 21, 2011 at the Palace of Fine Arts Complex in San Francisco.

To learn more about the Crunchies, visit crunchies2010.techcrunch.com. And if you’re a startup based on the Silicon Prairie and you’re earning nominations for the Crunchies, please let us know if the comments below.

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