The Battlefield

Welcome to the Battlefield, the premiere startup competition presented by TechCrunch. Over the next month, hopeful founders and entrepreneurs can apply to have their young, unseen startup  launch on technology’s biggest stage. Up for grabs is the $50,000 prize, the coveted “Disrupt Cup,” feedback from an all-star panel of judges, and a wealth of press exposure. For a quick overview, check out the video below.


The deadline to apply is February 27th, so get started now!

We look forward to learning more about your company.

We review applications on a rolling basis, so it’s to your advantage to submit as soon as you are ready. Due to strong demand, we are unable to review applications more than once, so please do not submit a draft application before you are ready for final consideration. We are also unable to provide feedback on individual applications.

Note: A short video is required. We’re looking to see a demo of your product and to get a sense of your team. Production quality does not count!!

All Submissions are confidential unless otherwise permitted by applicants.

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At time of application submission startups must be live for less than three months.

In selecting final contestants, we give heavy preference to companies that launch for the first time to the public and press at TechCrunch Disrupt. We consider new products from existing companies to be significant. Companies that have presented at other public launch events are not eligible for Startup Battlefield.

The competition will take place in New York, but companies from around the globe are welcome to submit their startups for consideration.

If you’re choosing between launch platforms and need an early decision, please apply and email us at and we’ll priority review your application.