It might have been a long time coming, but the first ever TechCrunch Disrupt Europe, held in Berlin, has been a fantastic window into the burgeoning European tech startup ecosystem. Plus, it has surpassed our expectations on attendance, passing 2,000 delegates over two days.
Well known players from Silicon Valley have been rubbing shoulders with the cream of Europe’s entrepreneurs and investors, TechCrunch Writers and Editors, as well as TechCrunch Founder Michael Arrington and AOL CEO Tim Armstrong.
Rocket Internet’s Marc Samwer made a rare appearance, as did Marco Boerries of Number Four, Airbnb’s Nathan Blecharczyk, Benchmark Capital’s Matt Cohler, to name just a few.
Tomorrow, we’ll hear from more speakers such as Alexander Ljung (Soundcloud), Jose Neves (Far Fetch), Brent Hoberman (PROFounders Capital, Founders Forum), Christophe Maire (Angel Investor), Patrick Collison (Stripe) and Aaron Levie (Box), among others.
And Tuesday will also see the the Startup Battlefield grand finale….
Our expert judges and team have honed down our 15 finalists to four startups who will battle it out for a chance to win the grand prize: the Disrupt Cup and €50,000 in cash.
The Finals judges will be:
Michael Arrington (Crunchfund, TechCrunch), Bindi Karia (Silicon Valley Bank) Errol Damelin (Wonga), Klaus Hommels (Angel Investor), Neil Rimer (Index Ventures), and Dave McClure (500 Startups).
Here are the Battlefield Finals companies:
Asap54 is an app that helps you find clothes that you like around you in the physical world. You take a picture of them with your phone, and let the app find you that exact piece, along with a bunch of others that are similar. Think of it as a Shazam for fashion.
By allowing its users to turn any web page into an API with just a few clicks, Import.io exists to make it easy for developers to pull data from the web. At Disrupt Europe the company launched a new service that they call the “Data Factory” that should make it even easier.
Lock8 is a smart lock paired to your smartphone, and you use its mobile app to lock and unlock the bike once the lock chain is connected and it contains six sensors to determine if an attempted theft is underway. Since the lock is unlocked via smartphone, customers can easily share their bikes with friends or even rent them out.
Voicesphere is a platform for voice-enabling consumer and enterprise apps and making them available in a Siri-like environment based on natural language processing.