January 2019

Calling all governance, logistics and product distribution startups

TechCrunch’s Startup Battlefield is headed to Dubai on its continuing quest to find and feature the best early-stage startups around the world. We are thrilled to announce this is possible through a partnership with Area 2071: The UAE’s newly minted innovation hub. Area 2071’s ambitions align well with TechCrunch’s track-record of selecting and featuring world-class founders. Startup Battlefield Dubai will feature global startups with a focus on three categories: governance, logistics, and product distribution.

Governance

As populations and their needs grow and evolve, we are looking for startups focused on building the next digital infrastructure for governance. The judges will pick startup with the product or service most likely to go into full commercial production whose products or services could transform governance. These startups could be working on a wide variety or topics that touch governance from identity protection to voting systems.

Product Distribution

As billions of consumers join the ranks of digital consumers, we are looking for startups focused on meeting the next generation opportunity to reach these new digital markets. The judges will pick startup with the product or service most likely to go into full commercial production whose products or services could transform distribution. These startups could be working on a wide variety or topics that touch the product distribution space from distribution platform innovations to new modes of consumption.

Logistics

As the speed of commerce continuously increases, we are looking for startups focused on reducing, eliminating, or overcoming friction where possible to further transform trade. The judges will pick startup with the product or service most likely to go into full commercial production, break down barriers to global trade. These startups could be working on a wide variety or topics that touch the logistics from supply chain optimization to procurement software.

For more information about the Startup Battlefield Dubai pitch-off competition and FAQs, click here.

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Throw Your Hat In The Ring

We’re looking for the best early stage pre-launch startups to launch on our stage in Dubai in January 2019 for a chance to win receive $50,000 in no-equity cash plus an all-expense paid trip for two to San Francisco to compete in Battlefield at TechCrunch’s flagship event, Disrupt SF 2018 (assuming the company still qualifies to compete at this time). All winners, both the grand prize winner and the three category winners, will be offered a spot in Area 2071’s co-creation space supported by an ecosystem of corporate partners, government entities, designers, and lawyers to help them scale their ventures. They will also receive accommodation and visa sponsorship. Applications are now open until January 25 at 9pm PST.

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