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  • Meet The Finalists For The NFL’s 1st And Future

    Meet The Finalists For The NFL’s 1st And Future

    It’s here! 1st and Future, the startup pitch hosted jointly by the NFL, Stanford and your favorite tech blog, TechCrunch, is tomorrow! We’ve scoured fields, courts, arenas and stadiums around the world to find the most promising startups bringing technology to sports. These companies help athletes move faster, stay safer and ultimately perform better. Read More

  • Announcing TechCrunch Include Hub, A Home For Our Diversity And Inclusion Program

    Announcing TechCrunch Include Hub, A Home For Our Diversity And Inclusion Program

    TechCrunch has been running a program called Include for a while now. In its first phase, it offered diverse entrepreneurs, founders, organizations focused on inclusion and technologists a variety of benefits like monetary support and free or discounted tickets to our Disrupt events. Last year, we announced  Include 2.0, the next phase of our diversity program, which brought office… Read More

  • Apply Now For Disrupt NY 2016 Startup Battlefield

    Apply Now For Disrupt NY 2016 Startup Battlefield

    Applications are now open for the Startup Battlefield at Disrupt NY! That’s right, TechCrunch’s premier startup competition is headed back to the Big Apple. We’re looking for the best up-and-coming companies to launch on the most visible stage in tech and compete for a cash prize of $50,000 and the illustrious Disrupt Cup. Read More

  • Meet The Startups Participating In Hardware Battlefield 2016 At CES

    Meet The Startups Participating In Hardware Battlefield 2016 At CES

    Today, we are thrilled to introduce the Hardware Battlefield 2016 participants. These startups represent what we at TechCrunch feel are the most interesting, most promising early-stage hardware companies being built. Whether drones, connected homes, custom wearables, robots or even sports are your fancy, we’ve got you covered with this batch. Read More

  • Deadline Extended For NFL 1st And Future Applications

    Deadline Extended For NFL 1st And Future Applications

    TechCrunch is teaming up with the NFL and Stanford for an epic pitch-off competition, 1st and Future. The response has been amazing and we’re happy to announce the deadline is extended until this Friday, December 11th at 9pm PT. We’re looking for startups that fit one of three themes — the Future Stadium, Bringing the Game Home, and Tomorrow’s Athlete. If that’s… Read More

  • Introducing The Startup Battlefield Of Disrupt London 2015

    Introducing The Startup Battlefield Of Disrupt London 2015

    TechCrunch is pleased to announce the 14 startups selected to participate in the Startup Battlefield at Disrupt London 2015. Over the next two days, these companies will compete on tech’s biggest stage for a €30,000 prize and the coveted Disrupt Cup. The Battlefield represent the crème de la crème of the European tech scene. The startups onstage represent just under three percent… Read More

  • Only One Week To Submit Your Application For 1st And Future

    Only One Week To Submit Your Application For 1st And Future

    There is exactly one week until applications close for 1st and Future, the startup competition that TechCrunch is staging with the NFL and Stanford University on February 6 at Stanford’s CEMEX Auditorium. Get your application in today. Four startups will compete for top honors in each of the competition’s three categories: Tomorrow’s Athlete, Bringing Home the Game and The… Read More

  • Where Are The Startup Battlefield Companies Now? Fintech Startup Satago Launches New Invoice Tools

    Where Are The Startup Battlefield Companies Now? Fintech Startup Satago Launches New Invoice Tools

    Satago is a UK fintech startup with a simple premise — to help small businesses and freelancers get paid on time. They do that primarily by automated self report — Satago users link their Satago account with their in-house accounting software, and Satago uses anonymized data to create a database that shows how well (or how poorly) companies are keeping up with payments owed. Read More

  • Startup Battlefield Companies: Where Are They Now? Luka

    Startup Battlefield Companies: Where Are They Now? Luka

    We were impressed with a company called IO at Disrupt Europe 2014 in London — the service made it feel like you were having a human conversation with a foodie friend who gives great restaurant recommendations, and not the AI-driven machine running behind the scenes. The company didn’t end up winning the Battlefield, but that didn’t stop them from making big changes since… Read More

  • The Deadline To Apply For The NFL’s 1st And Future Is Coming Up Fast

    The Deadline To Apply For The NFL’s 1st And Future Is Coming Up Fast

    So you may have heard that the NFL, Stanford University, and TechCrunch are teaming up to stage an epic pitch-off competition on Feb. 6 called 1st and Future. There are three themes — the Future Stadium, Bringing the Game Home, and Tomorrow’s Athlete — and we are looking for four awesome startups to compete in each category. If that’s you, please apply here by December… Read More

  • Where Are They Now? Startup Battlefield Company Sher.ly

    Where Are They Now? Startup Battlefield Company Sher.ly

    With Disrupt London right around the corner, we thought it’d be a good idea to check in with participants from past Startup Battlefield competitions to see what they’ve been up to since the show. Sher.ly is a SaaS-based software that essentially gives teams and telecommuters a private, project-centric cloud with the goal of giving users full control over their data. The company… Read More

  • Announcing 1st And Future, A Startup Competition From TechCrunch, The NFL And Stanford

    Announcing 1st And Future, A Startup Competition From TechCrunch, The NFL And Stanford

    Just when we were in the depths of planning our dip-to-chip ratio for our viewing party, the NFL came to us with an idea: A sports-themed pitch-off competition just before the big game named 1st and Future. The concept is simple. The NFL wants to see promising startups and technology that would advance the game and its facilities. TechCrunch is bringing our Startup Battlefield experience… Read More

  • Have A Hardware Startup? Launch In TechCrunch’s Hardware Battlefield At CES

    Have A Hardware Startup? Launch In TechCrunch’s Hardware Battlefield At CES

    Hardware Battlefield is back! We’re excited to announce that for the third year in a row, TechCrunch is hosting a startup competition at CES that focuses on hardware companies. We want to help you launch your company at the world’s largest consumer electronic tradeshow. Time is running out to enter your company. Submit your application by November 18 at 9pm PT to compete for free… Read More

  • We Want You To Show Your Gear At Hardware Battlefield

    We Want You To Show Your Gear At Hardware Battlefield

    People get ready: applications for TechCrunch’s Hardware Battlefield are now open. Submit your application by November 18 at 9pm PT to compete for free demo space at the Consumer Electronics Show, $50,000 prize and the Metal Man trophy. Hardware Battlefield is part of TechCrunch’s Startup Battlefield series, but with a few small differences. Of course, there is the requirement… Read More

  • Apply Now For TechCrunch Include’s Diversity-Focused Office Hours With Accel

    Apply Now For TechCrunch Include’s Diversity-Focused Office Hours With Accel

    TechCrunch is pleased to announce our second monthly Include Office Hours! On November 17th, Ryan Sweeney and Dan Levine of Accel Partners will open their doors for underrepresented founders. Launched in 2014, Include is TechCrunch’s diversity program, aimed at facilitating opportunities for underrepresented groups in tech to take their startups to the next level. Read More

  • Hardware Battlefield Applications Are Open Now

    Hardware Battlefield Applications Are Open Now

    We’re back. Hardware Alley is TechCrunch’s premier hardware event and will be taking CES by storm again this year. Applications for TechCrunch’s Hardware Battlefield are now open. Submit your application by November 18 at 9pm PT to compete for free demo space at the Consumer Electronics Show, $50,000 prize and the Metal Man trophy. For those of you following along at home… Read More

  • Only 24 Hours Left To Apply To The Startup Battlefield At Disrupt London

    Only 24 Hours Left To Apply To The Startup Battlefield At Disrupt London

    Yes, you read that right. Only 24 hours left to apply to the Startup Battlefield at Disrupt London. Time to get going. You can do it. We loved being in London so much that we’re bringing Disrupt back to welcome an all-new slate of outstanding startups, influential speakers, guests and more to the stage. It marks the second time we’ve set up shop in London and we couldn’t be… Read More

  • Apply Now For TechCrunch Include’s Diversity-Focused Office Hours With A16Z

    Apply Now For TechCrunch Include’s Diversity-Focused Office Hours With A16Z

    It’s happening. TechCrunch Include Office Hours are finally here! On October 15th, Andresseen Horowitz partners Scott Kupor and John O’Farrell will join TechCrunch editors in providing advice and feedback to startups. Launched in 2014, Include is TechCrunch’s diversity program, aimed at facilitating opportunities for underrepresented groups in tech to take their startups to… Read More

  • Startup Battlefield Applications Extended for Disrupt London!

    Startup Battlefield Applications Extended for Disrupt London!

    Startups, it’s time to get your act together and apply for the Startup Battlefield at Disrupt London on December 7-8th. We’re looking for the most promising companies from London to Budapest, Madrid to Stockholm, and everywhere in between. Maybe you were out on vacation. Maybe you were focused on that key hire. Maybe you started but forgot to finish the application. Whatever… Read More

  • Announcing The Startup Battlefield Of Disrupt SF 2015

    Announcing The Startup Battlefield Of Disrupt SF 2015

    TechCrunch is pleased to announce the 25 startups selected to participate in the Startup Battlefield of Disrupt SF 2015. Over the next three days, these companies will compete on tech’s biggest stage for $50,000 and the coveted Disrupt Cup. The Battlefield represent the crème de la crème; the startups onstage represent just over 2.5 percent of those that applied. Startup Battlefield… Read More

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