Startup Battlefield


Welcome to the Disrupt Battlefield, the premiere start up launch competition by TechCrunch. Hopeful founders and entrepreneurs will submit their young, unseen startup companies for the opportunity to launch on technology’s biggest stage in front of an all-star panel consisting of the biggest innovators, angels, VCs and influencers in the Tech community. Up for grabs is the $50,000 prize and the coveted “Disrupt Cup,” and new open doors.

Do you have the hottest, next generation start up? Start here. Let your future begin at the Disrupt Battlefield.


Applications to the Disrupt Battlefiled are now closed.


To compete in the Startup Battlefield, at time of application submission startups must be live for fewer than three months, less than two years old.

In selecting final contestants, we will 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. Due to the limited number of competition slots on stage, companies launching new feature sets do not qualify as launch companies. The competition will take place in San Francisco, but companies from around the globe are welcome to submit their startups for consideration.

Companies that have presented at other public launch events are not eligible for Startup Battlefield. 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.

Frequently Asked Questions

“I’m interested in joining StartUp Alley. If I purchase the StartUp Alley demo package, can I still attend all three days of Disrupt?”
YES! The StartUp Alley package gives you two full conference passes for the 3 days of the Disrupt Conference. It also give you the opportunity to demo one day in StartUp Alley, either on Monday or Tuesday. All companies demoing will be eligible for the Audience Choice Vote and a shot at demoing on stage as a Battlefield finalist.

“Can I submit my startup to the SF Battlefield even though we have passed the July 31st deadline?”
The Disrupt Application system will remain open after July 31st. We will try our best to review all Battlefield applicants, however, we cannot guarantee a review of all late submissions due to volume.

“How much does it cost to apply?”
There is no cost to apply to the Startup Battlefield. Selected companies receive two free tickets to attend and present at TechCrunch Disrupt.

“My startup is live, can I still apply?”
To compete in the Startup Battlefield, at time of application submission startups must be live for fewer than three months.  We are looking for fresh companies that have had little to NO Press.  Companies that were founded 2 years ago or more are welcome to participate so long as the product you intend to launch is live or in Alpha/Beta testing less than 3 months.

“We participated at another demo event, can we apply for Disrupt?”
Unfortunately, no because that was a public event and are now a “known” entity who has received press coverage.  As an early stage start up, you would be eligible for StartUp Alley at Disrupt where you can demo for one day in our Exhibit hall and still have a chance to demo on the main stage if you win the Audience Choice Vote. Learn more HERE.