Berlin, December 4-5, 2017

Until Ticket Prices Increase

Startups Start Here

TechCrunch Disrupt is the world’s leading authority in debuting revolutionary startups, introducing game-changing technologies and discussing what’s top of mind for the tech industry’s key innovators. Disrupt gathers the best and brightest entrepreneurs, investors, hackers, and tech fans for on-stage interviews, the Startup Battlefield competition, a 24-hour Hackathon, Startup Alley, Hardware Alley, and After Parties.


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Eichenstraße 4
12435 Berlin, Germany

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Speakers & Judges

  • Tania Boler

    Tania Boler

    Tania has founded Chiaro, a London-based start-up with big ambitions to change the way people feel about their bodies.

    Her background is in sexual and personal wellness, having written several books and spoken extensively on issues ranging from sex education to teenage pregnancy and HIV. Through her work, she found that all over the world, people find it difficult to talk openly about their bodies leading to both physical and emotional problems.

    Through Chiaro, she is changing the way technology is used by developing new products that break down stigma and change lives.

    See Tania Boler's Crunchbase profile
  • Jonas Drupel
  • Irena Goldenberg

    Irena Goldenberg

    Irena is a co-founder and General Partner at Highland Europe, which invests exclusively in growth stage software and internet businesses. Highland Europe’s portfolio includes eGym, GetYourGuide, Malwarebytes, MatchesFashion, and WeTransfer.

    Irena joined Highland Capital Partners in Boston and moved from the US in 2007 to establish the firm’s European office alongside Fergal Mullen. She worked closely with Privalia (acquired by Vente-Privee for over $500M) and currently represents Highland Europe on the boards of eGym, Jampp, JUNIQE and WeTransfer.

    Irena grew up in the Ukraine and Wisconsin, and speaks Russian and French. She attended MIT as an undergrad and Harvard for her MBA.

    See Irena Goldenberg's Crunchbase profile
  • Jan Hammer

    Jan Hammer

    Jan joined Index in 2010, and is a London-based partner, focusing on fintech and information/data services across all stages of growth.

    He is one of Index Ventures’ leading fintech investors, working with the founders of Adyen, Credit Benchmark, Robinhood and TransferWise. In all, Index has backed more than two dozen fintech companies, with more than $400 million. Jan has also led Index investments and is on the boards of Beamery, Collibra, SafetyCulture and Silverfin.

    Before he joined Index, Jan was at General Atlantic in London, where he worked on investments in Kaspersky Lab, Northgate Information Solutions and Torex Retail. He also worked in the M&A, TMT and Capital Markets divisions at Morgan Stanley. Jan is a graduate of Oxford University, and holds an MBA with Distinction from INSEAD.

    See Jan Hammer's Crunchbase profile
  • Avid Larizadeh

    Avid Larizadeh

    Avid is a general partner at Google Ventures. Prior to Google Ventures, Avid co-founded Boticca, a global marketplace for independent brands of fashion accessories.

    Avid has been involved in the startup ecosystem as a developer, product manager, founder, investor, and advisor since 1998. Avid started investing at Accel Partners in London in 2006, where she focused on software and Internet investments. She also held product management roles at Tellme Networks, eBay, and Skype, and began programming in college. While at eBay, Avid was granted a patent for her work on a suite of selling tools.

    In addition to her role with Google Ventures, Avid is an advisor to Founders4Schools and the Breteau Foundation. She serves on the Harvard Business School European Advisory Board. She also leads and the Hour of Code in the UK.

    Avid earned her B.S. and M.S. in engineering at Stanford University, where she was a Mayfield Fellow. She also holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and is a Kauffman Fellow. She currently serves on the Harvard Business School European Advisory Board. She speaks French, English, Farsi, and German.

    See Avid Larizadeh's Crunchbase profile
  • Luciana Lixandru

    Luciana Lixandru

    Luciana Lixandru joined Accel in 2012 and focuses on early and growth stage investments. Before joining Accel, Luciana worked at Summit Partners in London, where she focused on sourcing and executing investments in the technology and healthcare sectors. She worked on Summit's investment in AVAST, a security software business. Prior to that, Luciana worked for Morgan Stanley in New York and London, advising clients in the technology space. In addition to her native Romanian, Luciana also speaks Italian. She enjoys travelling, languages, and hiking. Luciana graduated magna cum laude from Georgetown University in Washington, DC, with a double major in Economics and Mathematics.

    See Luciana Lixandru's Crunchbase profile
  • Martin Mignot

    Martin Mignot

    Martin is based in London, where he focuses on startups in large markets like food, transportation, finance, health and SME, developing must-have products that get exponentially better with each new user.

    He has worked with the founders of many such businesses, including BlaBlaCar and Deliveroo. He also serves on the board of Drivy, KRY, Rad, TheFamily and Trainline (following the acquisition of Captain Train). He was also on the board at SwiftKey until its acquisition by Microsoft in 2016, and led the Seed round in hosted search API company Algolia. Most of his initial investments are Seed and Series A.

    Before coming to Index, Martin was in the TMT team at UBS Investment Bank, and co-founded the beauty subscription business Boudoir Prive (acquired by Joliebox/Birchbox), as well as student web radio service

    He divides his time primarily between London, Paris and the Nordics where he is on the board of Stockholm-based digital health company KRY.

    See Martin Mignot's Crunchbase profile
  • Christian Nagel

    Christian Nagel

    Dr. Christian Nagel is Co-Founder and Partner of Earlybird. Christian has more than 20 years of entrepreneurial and investment experience. He was Chairman of the Board of Tipp24 AG (Prime Standard Frankfurt Exchange: TIM) and Interhyp AG (Prime Standard Frankfurt Exchange: IYP), which returned more than 50x the original Earlybird investment. Up till the trade sale to SMSC (NASDAQ: SMSC) he also served on the board of BridgeCo AG. He is currently on the boards of CrossEngage (Berlin), Cashboard (Berlin), N26 (Berlin), Smava (Berlin) and Tradico (Munich). Prior to founding Earlybird in 1997, Christian, together with a group of investors, acquired various companies from the Treuhandanstalt (the former East-German state holding) and gained operational experience. He was a shareholder and an Executive Director of HNP Präzisionsteile GmbH & Co. KG, SMB Industrieholding GmbH, DH Industrieholding Hohenthurm GmbH and a number of other subsidiary companies of these holding companies. Previously, Christian worked as an Engagement Manager with McKinsey & Co. Inc. focusing on restructuring, strategy and M & A projects within various industries. He holds a Diplom-Wirtschaftsingenieur degree (Industrial Engineering, MSc equivalent) from the Technical University of Hamburg, specializing in process engineering and a PhD degree in management from the University of St. Gallen.

    See Christian Nagel's Crunchbase profile
  • Ciarán O'Leary

    Ciarán O'Leary

    Ciarán O’Leary is a co-founder of BlueYard Capital, a $120m early stage fund based in Berlin that invests in founders decentralizing markets, empowering users and liberating data. Ciarán's investments include Wunderlist, Carto, BigchainDB, Vectary, deepstream and others from Palo Alto to Bratislava. Prior to founding BlueYard, Ciarán set-up Earlybird Venture Capital's Berlin office as a partner and before that was at The Carlyle Group.

    See Ciarán O'Leary's Crunchbase profile
  • Neil Rimer

    Neil Rimer

    Neil co-founded Index Ventures in Geneva in 1996.

    His vision was to support the most ambitious entrepreneurs, bringing Silicon Valley-style investing to Europe at a time when “venture capital” was still a new term outside the US. As he recalled in a Financial Times interview: “We started every meeting with a slide that was literally ‘What is VC?’”

    20 years on, while staying true to its European roots, Index has become one of the world’s leading venture capital firms, with principal offices in London and San Francisco. So far, the firm has raised $5.6 billion and has more than 160 companies in its portfolio.

    Today, Neil works with entrepreneurs on both sides of the Atlantic, among them the founders of Deliveroo, Funding Circle, Roblox and Typeform. He previously led Index investments in companies including Betfair, Climate, Supercell and Trello.

    Born in Montreal, Neil graduated in History and Economics at Stanford, and gained an MBA from Harvard Business School. He spent four years with Montgomery Securities in San Francisco, and joined Index Securities in 1990 – the predecessor to Index Ventures. Neil is also on the board of the non-profit, non-governmental organization, Human Rights Watch.

    In his FT interview, Neil summed up his approach to investment. “We all exercise our brains as cynics every day, we’re all experts in what happens when things go wrong. But for me, the more valuable exercise is: What happens if it does work?”

    See Neil Rimer's Crunchbase profile
  • Lucas von Cranach

    Lucas von Cranach

    Lucas von Cranach Football has always been Lucas von Cranach's passion. He was a supporter of 1. FC Cologne long before he was set to become an entrepreneur in the football industry. It all started in the early days of the smartphone when Lucas realized that there was no service providing fans with live scores and results. He started out with a simple SMS-service delivering live scores to the fans’ pockets. Only a few years later this service has turned into one of the most successful football-apps around the globe connecting more than 20 million fans.

    See Lucas von Cranach's Crunchbase profile

Speaker Submissions

Speaker submissions for Disrupt Berlin 2017 are now open. Submit your nominations here.



At the heart of the conference floor lies Startup and Hardware Alley where hundreds of early-stage companies showcase their talent and technology to attendees, investors and members of the press. With different companies exhibiting each day, Startup Alley hosts hundreds of exciting companies, many of which are launching for the first time. Don't miss the "Wild Card Winner" which is selected by a combination of audience and editorial votes and is awarded a place in the Startup Battlefield competition.


CrunchMatch is a program designed to introduce investors to entrepreneurs, based on curated analysis of which startups fit with a given investor’s profile. The goal is to improve the odds that investors and entrepreneurs make a super promising contact. The program is free to qualifying Disrupt attendees.

How it works: When an investor or a Startup Alley company registers for Disrupt, they receive an invitation to complete a questionnaire about their interests. When the TechCrunch team finds a strong match, we will propose that the parties connect at Disrupt. We help curate a meeting time and we provide a private meeting space. Questions? E-mail




Bloomberg. CNBC. Financial Times. Mashable. Disrupt hosts hundreds of accredited reporters, bloggers and correspondents from around the world. Journalists can apply for a media pass to Disrupt here.


Our Hackathons are crazy, exciting, exhausting events where hundreds of coders and developers come together to form teams which have just shy of 24 hours to build something amazing from the ground up.


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If you don’t find the answer to your question there, email us at for general event questions OR at for Startup Alley related questions.


Early Bird Ticket

Prices increase on 3 November

€833 (inclusive of VAT) Regular price €1190 - Save €357

  • General Admission Conference Pass for all days
  • For Investors, Technologists and Later Stage Startups (more than 2 years old)
Extra Early Bird Startup Alley Exhibitor Package

3 ticket offer ends on 29 September

€1190 for 3 tickets to Disrupt Berlin

  • Includes 1 day of exhibition in Startup Alley and 3 General Admission Conference Passes
  • One package per startup PLEASE NOTE: Startup Alley companies must be less than 2 years old and have less than $2.5M in funding (does not apply to Hardware companies)
  • Exhibition day to be assigned by TechCrunch

Student Tickets

Students currently enrolled in a college or university program are eligible for reduced admission (€238 inclusive of VAT) to Disrupt Berlin. To apply for this rate, apply here.

Government/Military Tickets

Current full-time employees of federal, state or local government agencies, current full-time employees of international government agencies and active military employees only can receive an attendee ticket to Disrupt Berlin for €535.50 (inclusive of VAT).  To qualify for the discount, you must email from a valid .gov email address with a copy of your current, valid government ID. Additionally you must present your current, valid government identification card during registration check-in at Disrupt Berlin.  If you are unable to provide valid government identification at the event, you will be charged the general admission rate of €1200 (inclusive of VAT).

The government discount cannot be combined with any other discount offers.

Government contractors, including contractors working on government “Cost Reimbursable Contracts”, are not eligible for the government discount.

Accepted government identification:

  • Government issued Visa, MasterCard or American Express
  • Government picture ID
  • Military picture ID
  • Federally Funded Research Development Corp (FFRDC) ID