Startup Battlefield

Welcome to the Startup Battlefield, the premiere launch competition for startups, presented by TechCrunch. Over the next several weeks, hopeful founders can give their young, unseen companies that opportunity to launch on tech’s biggest stage, TechCrunch Disrupt. All of our Battlefield contestants will receive founder tickets to Disrupt, demo space in Startup Alley, pitch coaching, an on-stage presentation to our all-star panel of judges and all the glory associated with TechCrunch coverage. The winning team will receive a $50K and the acclaimed Disrupt Cup.

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Applications are now open! Apply here.
The deadline to apply is Feb 22nd at 9pm PT.

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.


At the time of application, companies must have a functional prototype to demo to the selection committee. In selecting final contestants, we will give preference to companies that launch for the first time to the public and press through our competition. Companies that are in closed beta, private beta, limited release or generally have been flying under the radar are eligible. Hardware companies can have completed crowdfunding but those funds should have been directed to an earlier product prototype. Companies launching new feature sets do not qualify. We welcome startups from around the globe to submit their startups for consideration!

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