Facebook announces FBFund winners

Eighteen companies and two nonprofits have been invited to spend the summer learning and building at the social network's Palo Alto, Calif., headquarters.

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Facebook has unveiled a list of 18 applications--for the Facebook Platform, Facebook Connect, and Facebook Connect for the iPhone--that have been awarded investments from its FBFund seed funding program and invited to participate in a summer incubator workshop in its hometown of Palo Alto, Calif.

The workshop, called FBFund REV 2009, will run for ten weeks from June through August, according to a post on the Facebook developer blog by company representative Cat Lee. The post also contains a full list of winners, which range from a paintball game app to a dating service to an e-mail management program.

"Already planned are sessions with speakers from our fbFund Advisory Council, business luminaries, and our Facebook Platform team focused on everything from operating lean startups and metrics for success to marketing and monetization," Lee wrote. "The days will be packed with opportunities to get together, learn from one another, brainstorm and iterate on applications and business models. At the end of the summer, all of the startups will present to Silicon Valley angel and venture capital investors to get feedback and explore investment opportunities."

Facebook announced a chunk of finalists for this year's FBFund earlier this month.

Two nonprofits, a developer assistance program called Samasource and a student microloan project called Vittana, will also participate in the incubator program but can't receive funding due to the terms of FBFund.