The Battlefield

Welcome to the Startup Battlefield, the premiere startup launch competition by TechCrunch.  Over the next several weeks, hopeful founders and entrepreneurs will give their young, unseen startup companies 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,” a wealth of press exposure and new open doors. For a quick overview, check out the video below.


Applications to the 2013 TechCrunch SF Disrupt Startup Battlefield are now closed.

We will 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.

PowerPoint slides and video demos are optional but highly encouraged. We reserve the right not to review applications without video demos based on application volume. We look forward to reviewing your application.

All Submissions are confidential unless otherwise permitted by applicants on the application form.


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

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.