TechCrunch Disrupt is returning to Berlin for the first time since the original Disrupt Europe in 2013. Disrupt Berlin 2017 is one of the largest TechCrunch events we’ve held in Europe and general admission and exhibitor packages are still available. You’re not going to want to miss this.
The show is jam-packed, and just like every Disrupt, the focus is on startups and the bleeding edge of technology. Fifteen startups are launching in Startup Battlefield and hundreds of young companies are exhibiting in Startup Alley. And though spots are limited, every Disrupt attendee can participate CrunchMatch, a free program that connects founders and investors based on their specific criteria, goals and interests.
Disrupt Berlin 2017 also features an impressive lineup of fireside chats, panels and workshops with icons of the European and global tech scene.
We’re thrilled to bring accomplished founders and chief executives to the stage. Among others speaking Slack co-founder and CTO Cal Henderson, ResearchGate co-founder and CEO Ijad Madisch, and ABB CEO Ulrich Spiesshofer are each participating in a fireside chat with a TechCrunch editor.
Cryptocurrency and blockchain companies are represented, too. Gavin Wood and Jutta Steiner of Parity Technologies are coming to talk the potential of Ethereum and the blockchain. Mona El Isa of Melonport and Tim Zagar of Iconomi are discussing their differing takes on crypto digital asset management. On the final day of Disrupt Berlin, Zoe Adamovicz of Neufund and Keld van Schreven of KR1 are participating in a panel on funding companies through initial coin offerings.
Berlin-based Ada Heath just raised $47 million and co-founder and Chief Medical Officer Claire Novorol and AI entrepreneur William Tunstall-Pedoe are taking the stage to discuss AI, heathtech and expanding the company to the U.S.
Clue founder and CEO Ida Tin is sitting down for a fireside chat to discuss the growth of her company and femtech. We’re also excited to hear her thoughts on the exploding Berlin’s tech scene, which will also be discussed on a panel with two of Berlin’s top venture capital investors of Tanja Kufner and Christian Nagel of Earlybird Venture Capital.
And that’s just the start. There are talks on femtech, Challenger Banks, mobile payments and autonomous driving. There are demos from robotic and mobility companies and panels on investing, raising capital and the different European tech scenes.
These topics are not limited to just the massive Disrupt stage. Workshops will let attendees dive deeper and ask questions to speakers on key topics. Look for the announcement of these events in the coming days.
General admission tickets and exhibit packages are still available for purchase. We’re thrilled to return to Berlin for this show and hope you can make it.
Monday, December 4th
9:05 AM – 9:25 AM
Product Launch and Fireside Chat with Ole Harms (MOIA / VW)
Moia CEO Ole Harms will recap how Moia’s first year in existence has gone, what the company, and Volkswagen Group have learned about mobility services, and what comes next.
9:25 AM – 9:45 AM
In Conversation with Ana Izquierdo (Talent Clue), Alicia Navarro (Skimlinks) and Johannes Reck (GetYourGuide)
Adventures in fundraising: a candid talk with European founders about securing funding in today’s climate.
10:25 AM – 10:55 AM
10:55 AM – 11:15 AM
In Conversation with Thomas Korte (AngelPad), Andy McLoughlin (Uncork Capital) and Timo Rein (Pipedrive)
Three noted industry leaders will sit down for a conversation about the investment crossover from Europe to Silicon Valley.
11:15 AM – 12:20 PM
Startup Battlefield Competition – Session 1
Judges: Videesha Böckle (signals VC), Rob Coneybeer (Shasta Ventures), Avid Larizadeh Duggan (GV), Christophe Maire (Atlantic Labs) and Keld van Schreven (KR1)
12:40 PM – 1:40 PM
1:40 PM to 2:40 PM
Startup Battlefield Competition – Session 2
Judges: Marie Ekeland (Daphni), Carlos Eduardo Espinal (Seedcamp), Jenny Fielding (Techstars), Kavita Gupta (ConsenSys Capital) and Christian Nagel (Earlybird Venture Capital)
3:00 PM – 3:20 PM
In Conversation with Mona El Isa (Melonport) and Tim Zagar (ICONOMI)
How Europe and the developing world are using Blockchain technology to bootstrap investment, technology, and finance.
3:20 PM – 3:40 PM
3:40 PM – 3:55 PM
Fireside Chat with Kavita Gupta (ConsenSys Capital)
Kavita Gupta believes in the future of the blockchain and now on the Disrupt stage she’ll explain how the technology can impact society and what she looks for when investing in a blockchain startup.
3:55 PM – 4:20 PM
In Conversation with Samantha Jérusalmy (Elaia Partners), Frédéric Mazzella (BlaBlaCar) and Mounia Rkha (Isai Ventures)
Now that Paris is about to overcome London when it comes to startup investments, all eyes are on the French tech ecosystem. Let’s find out why with three experts on all things French.
4:20 PM – 5:20 PM
Startup Battlefield Competition – Session 3
Judges: Spencer Crawley (Firstminute Capital), Thomas Korte (AngelPad), Tanja Kufner, Andy McLoughlin (Uncork Capital) and Mounia Rkha (Isai Ventures)
5:20 PM – 5:30 PM
8:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Tuesday December 5th
9:25 AM – 9:45 AM
In Conversation with Jutta Steiner (Parity Technologies) and Gavin Wood (Parity Technologies / Web3 Foundation)
The two founders will be on stage to discuss their roles in building Ethereum, the infrastructure they are currently building to drive mainstream adoption of blockchain, and their visions for the future of the space.
10:05 AM – 10:25 AM
In Conversation with Tom Blomfield (Monzo), Valentin Stalf (N26) and Nikolay Storonsky (Revolut)
Monzo, N26 and Revolut have attracted hundreds of thousands of users and hundreds of millions in funding. They want to build the bank of the future and disrupt the entire financial sector.
10:25 AM – 10:50 AM
10:50 AM – 11:10 AM
In Conversation with Natalya Bailey (Accion Systems) and Rob Coneybeer (Shasta Ventures)
Accion Systems founder and CEO will be joined by the founder and managing partner of Shasta Ventures to hear what it takes to build a space startup.
11:10 AM – 11:30 AM
In Conversation with Tanja Kufner, Christian Meermann (Cherry Ventures), Christian Nagel (Earlybird Venture Capital)
Three legendary Berlin-based investors will discuss the changing investment landscape and why Berlin will be the startup capital of the future.
11:30 AM – 11:40 AM
Demo with Tom Carter (Ultrahaptics)
Ultrahaptics will demonstrate its technology that bridges the gap between virtual reality and actual reality by using ultrasound to replicate the sense of touch.
11:40 AM – 12:00 PM
Fireside Chat with Ulrich Spiesshofer (ABB)
During Spiesshofer’s fireside chat, hear about the inevitable push toward robotics factories, including increased worker safety and some difficult questions surrounding potential job loss among their human counterparts.
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
1:40 PM – 2:00 PM
Fireside Chat with Xavier Duportet (Eligo Bioscience)
Hear how Eligo Bioscience is producing the first biotherapeutic nanobots that manipulate the human microbiome to treat diseases without the need for antibiotics.
2:00 PM – 2:20 PM
In Conversation with Yann de Vries (Atomico) and Alex Zosel (Volocopter)
Flying cars went from high fantasy to big business – now, we’ll hear how startups are hoping to ride the wave into the skies above our cities.
2:20 PM – 2:25 PM
2:25 PM – 2:40 PM
Startup Battlefield Alumni Update
2:40 PM – 2:45 PM
Passing of the Disrupt Cup
2:45 PM – 3:10 PM
3:10 PM – 4:45 PM
Startup Battlefield Final Competition
Judges: Suranga Chandratillake (Balderton Capital), Tugce Ergul (Angel Labs), Luciana Lixandru (Accel Ventures), Matthew Panzarino (TechCrunch) and Mark Schmitz (Lakestar)
4:45 PM – 5:05 PM
In Conversation with Claire Novorol and William Tunstall-Pedoe (Ada Health)
As one of Berlin’s hottest startups, the co-founder and Ada Health investor are set to discuss how Ada Health aims to improve access to healthcare globally through the use of AI.
5:05 PM – 5:25 PM
In Conversation with Clément Christomanos (Uavia), James Harrison (Sky-Futures) and Henri Seydoux (Parrot)
Parrot, Sky Futures and Uavia all think that drones can be so much more than birthday toys. Their founders discuss the innovative use cases of commercial drones, from agriculture to aerial inspection.
5:25 PM – 5:35 PM
Founder’s Spotlight with Robert Vis (MessageBird)
The founder of MessageBird will sit in the spotlight and share his experiences in evolving MessageBird to stay ahead of consumer’s expectations.
5:35 PM – 5:45 PM
Startup Battlefield Closing Awards Ceremony
5:45 PM – 5:50 PM