Introducing the 2023 Startup Battlefield Top 20 onstage at TechCrunch Disrupt

I’m thrilled to announce the Startup Battlefield 20 companies, pitching at TechCrunch Disrupt 2023. After last year’s big hit, TechCrunch editorial hand-selected 200 startups, out of thousands of applicants, to comprise the Startup Battlefield 200. This year, TechCrunch saw the highest number of applications across the largest spread of countries and industries. Of the 200, these top 20 companies will pitch on the Disrupt Stage. Come watch these companies compete for the Disrupt Cup and $100,000 equity-free grand prize.

Disrupt runs Tuesday through Thursday, September 19–21 in San Francisco. The agenda is filled with tech legends, newsmakers, innovators, founders and more. This year, Disrupt is supercharged with not two but seven industry stages — Disrupt, Builders, AI, Fintech, Hardware, Sustainability, and Security. Each stage is focused on highlighting the top news in each industry, with the Builders Stage focused on how-tos for founders looking to build and scale startups.

For the Startup Battlefield 200, TechCrunch hosts this curated cohort of founders at TechCrunch Disrupt, providing special programming and training in advance of and during the event. The top companies will follow in the footsteps of Startup Battlefield legends on the Disrupt Stage. With over 1,300+ alumni participating in the program, Startup Battlefield Alumni companies raised over $29 billion in funding with about 200 successful exits (IPOs or acquisitions).

The Startup Battlefield 20 companies solve critical technological and global problems. From agri-labor management tools to fintech platforms, sewage health trackers, and phage-based custom therapeutics, this cohort of startups is ready to impress. Founders solve critical world problems in the areas of disease treatment, blood testing, compostable batteries and even ethical social media platforms for youth. Plus, it wouldn’t be a TechCrunch event without developer tools, security infrastructure and hardware to round out the batch.

Starting today, the top 20 companies will pitch on the Disrupt Stage for six minutes followed by a six-minute Q&A with our expert panel of judges.  These top-tier VCs include folks like Mamoon Hamid (Kleiner Perkins), Dana Settle (Greycroft), Sam Blond (Founders Fund), Guru Chahal (Lightspeed), Po Bronson (SOSV), and Tess Hatch (Bessemer) to name just a few.

TechCrunch Disrupt Startup Battlefield 20 schedule

Tuesday, September 19, Disrupt Stage

Wednesday, September 20, Disrupt Stage

Thursday, September 21, Disrupt Stage

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Companies pitching in the Startup Battlefield 20

Tuesday, September 19, Disrupt Stage

Semi-Finals (Session 1): 9:35 a.m.–10:45 a.m.

Semi-Finals (Session 2): 1:15 p.m.–2:30 p.m.

Wednesday, September 20, Disrupt Stage

Semi-Finals (Session 3): 10:05 a.m.–11:15 a.m.

Semi-Finals (Session 4): 1:15 p.m.–2:30 p.m.

Thursday, September 21, Disrupt Stage

Alumni News Announcements: 11:10 a.m.–11:20 a.m.

Finals: 11:20 p.m.–12:50 p.m.

Winner Announced: 3:25 p.m.

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