And The TechCrunch Disrupt Europe Finalists Are Crate, Disease Diagnostic Group, Oscult And PhotoMath

Over 1,500 people have walked through door at this year’s TechCrunch Disrupt Europe conference in London. We had everyone from Elvis impersonators to people dressed up as chickens participate, as one does at a tech conference.

Highlights included watching our boss Tim Armstrong chat with Josh Constine about the high growth future of Aol, and what he learned after the mistake of firing TechCrunch founder Michael Arrington and Neelie Kroes pontificate on what’s next for the European startup ecosystem.

And after some very intense and sophisticated Startup Battlefield pitches, we are down to our four finalists at TechCrunch Disrupt Europe. It was a difficult decision because the 15 startups that presented all were solving hard problems, and impressed their judges in their own right.

But we had to whittle them down to four. Here they are:


“Crate makes central database servers obsolete, it allows you to launch a highly scalable back end in minutes. Based on the familiar SQL syntax, Crate combines high availability, resiliency, and scalability in a distributed design that allows you to query mountains of data in real time, not batches.”

Disease Diagnostic Group

“What if we told you we could save one million lives every year with just refrigerator magnets and a laser pointer? DDG uses magneto-optical technology to change the way diseases are diagnosed. Our mission is to create a low-cost, reusable device that can reach the patient and differentiate between multiple diseases.”


“At Oscadi, we’re seeking to bring excellence to our users. We do so with simple and yet powerful devices like Oscult, our first product. Oscult is an imaging device interfaced with an iPad Air, changing the way medical devices are used. Our full-featured iPad app allows a rich, precise and connected experience.”


“PhotoMath is the world’s first camera calculator app. Point your phone camera toward a math expression and get an instant solution with detailed solving steps. The company behind PhotoMath is MicroBlink, with its mobile vision and real-time text-recognition technology.”