Update: The event will now take place in January 2019, the following post has been updated with postponement information.
Technology innovation and entrepreneurial genius exists across the globe. That’s why in 2017 TechCrunch took the Startup Battlefield to Africa, Australia, Europe and, of course, San Francisco. In 2019, we’re heading to Dubai — a moonshot city in the making — and joining forces with the UAE’s new innovation hub, Area 2071. We’re looking for 15 of the world’s best early-stage startups to join us there in April.
Startup Battlefield Dubai will feature early-stage startups focused only on the following three categories: governance, logistics and distribution. Five startups representing each category will be invited to compete onstage in Dubai.
The 15 startups chosen to compete will receive expert pitch-off coaching from TechCrunch editors. Each team will emerge from their training ready to pitch their company in six minutes to a panel of judges, and field their questions for up to six minutes. The judges will bring their expertise as seasoned entrepreneurs, investors and technologists to pose some tough questions; a TechCrunch editor will moderate.The judges will select five finalists to pitch a second time to become the first-ever Startup Battlefield Dubai winner.
The overall winner will be crowned the first TechCrunch Startup Battlefield Dubai champion, bring home the US$50,000 cash prize (TechCrunch takes no equity or fees). The winner also will receive an all-expense paid trip for two to San Francisco for Disrupt SF 2019 — TechCrunch’s flagship event — and will compete in that Battlefield (assuming the company still qualifies at the time).
Startup Battlefield Dubai will produce one winner for each of the three categories and one overall winner. All four winners will receive an invitation to join Area 2071’s incubator program, which includes support from a community of corporate partners, government entities, designers and lawyers. It also includes accommodation and visa sponsorship.
You’ll be able to tune in to the show via live stream around the world on TechCrunch.com, YouTube, Facebook and Twitter; we’ll have it available later on demand, too.
All 15 Startup Battlefield Dubai companies will enter the Startup Battlefield Alumni Community. Our alumni community includes more than 800 companies that have collectively raised over $8 billion and produced over 100 exits. Notable Battlefield alumni include Mint, Dropbox, Yammer, TripIt, Getaround and Cloudflare.
Do you have questions about how we define governance, logistics and distribution — or anything else? You’ll find answers (including legalese about which countries are not eligible) on our Startup Battlefield Dubai FAQ.
The application deadline — January 25th, 2018 at 9 pm PST — will arrive before you know it. So get your team moving and apply to Startup Battlefield Dubai today. We can’t wait to see you there!