Welcome to the Battlefield, the premiere startup competition presented by TechCrunch.
Hopeful founders and entrepreneurs can apply to have their young, unseen startup launch on technology’s biggest stage. Up for grabs is a booth in Startup Alley, a £30,000 prize, the coveted “Disrupt Cup,” feedback from an all-star panel of judges, and a wealth of press exposure.
Applications are now open through June 16th!
The application deadline has been extended to 9 p.m. PST Sunday, July 6.
We look forward to learning more about your company.
Criteria to Participate:
1. TechCrunch is open to all types of companies, from developer tools to hardware devices, core computing technology to mobile ecommerce apps. We even occasionally 3D print makeup.
2. We give heavy preference to companies that launch for the first time to the public and press at TechCrunch Disrupt. We consider new products from existing companies to be significant. Companies that have presented at other public launch events are not eligible for Startup Battlefield.
3. The competition will take place in London, but companies from around the globe are welcome to submit their startups for consideration.
4. Startups may apply to either or both Disrupt SF or Disrupt Europe but they may participate in only one.
Note: All Submissions are confidential unless otherwise permitted by applicants.
We review applications on a rolling basis, so it’s to your advantage to submit as soon as you are ready. Due to strong demand, we are unable to review applications more than once, so please do not submit a draft application before you are ready for final consideration. We are also unable to provide feedback on individual applications.
If you’re choosing between launch platforms and need an early decision, please apply and email us at email@example.com and we’ll priority review your application.
For a quick overview, check out the video below.
What are you looking for in a video?
The video is required so that we have an opportunity to see your product in action. Do not worry about production quality, camera phones or screen captures are more than enough. The important thing is that you show us some functional hardware or software. We understand that it might have limited features or not be the final prototype but show us anyway. Pro tip, we love it when you can walk us through a use case.
Is my application confidential?
All submissions are confidential unless otherwise permitted by applicants.
When will finalists be notified?
We generally take one month from the close of submissions to select and notify our finalists. So for example, if applications close June 20th, you can expect to be notified of our decision (either way) by July 20th.
Does it cost money to participate?
No, TechCrunch does not change companies to participate. However, if Disrupt is not in your home city, your company is responsible for getting to/from the conference.
What is included/required when you participate in the Battlefield?
Prior to the conference, your team is required to participate in a minimum of two pitch coaching sessions. These sessions ensure that companies are prepared to effectively communicate their product and vision our audience. For the most part, we travel to you, but in some cases rehearsals will require you to travel to a nearby city/state as in person coaching is most effective.
Also, two days prior to the conference is a required on-site technical check to ensure your product, demo and team look great on-stage.
At Disrupt, your company will pitch on-stage (6 min) followed by Q/A (6 min). Of the ~30 participants, ~5 will be selected to compete in the finals on the last day of the conference. In the finals, companies do the same pitch (6 min) followed by Q/A (12 min). The judges are different from the earlier rounds and generally include investors from Sequoia, SV Angel, the Founder Collective, USV as well as CEOs from Yahoo, Yammer etc.
You will also have a table in a designated section for the Battlefield, tickets to the after-parties, invitations to our VIP events and of course, Battlefield swag.
Sooo is it worth it?
We think so! Outside of building a relationship and getting coverage from with TechCrunch , you’ll get great coaching on your pitch, feedback from top tier judges, access to investors, exposure to new partners and with over 200 press outlets attending Disrupt, potential coverage far beyond the guaranteed TechCrunch post and video.
Our Battlefield alumni have gone on to raise $2.4B and are an objectively a pretty impressive group.
And hey, even if you aren’t selected for the Battlefield, definitely sign up to attend Startup Alley. A previous attendee quantified their experience on slideshare for your enjoyment.