Startup Battlefield

Startup Battlefield is the world’s No.1 startup competition, featuring thousands of early-stage startups through the years as they compete to pitch in front of tier-1 VCs at TechCrunch Disrupt and win the glory (and prize money) that comes with the Startup Battlefield Winner title.

Most electronic waste isn’t recycled; instead, our dumped devices (and the toxic metals within) pile up in landfills, polluting the air and contaminating nearby soil and groundwater. Ghana-based AppCyclers aims…

AppCyclers wants to fight e-waste pollution across Africa

Ron Williams, co-founder and CEO of Kindo, knows a thing or two about cybersecurity, having previously led security teams at League of Legends developer Riot Games, shared scooter startup Bird…

Kindo aims to take the security stress out of AI workflows

Can software work alongside human physicists and engineers in R&D labs to develop new quantum computers? That’s the question Qruise, a startup in TechCrunch’s Battlefield 200 competition at Disrupt 2023,…

Qruise wants to build AI to automate quantum device development

Carrots&Cake, a Kuala Lumpur-based startup, is aiming to help parents manage their kids’ screen time in an automated way.

Carrots&Cake wants to help parents make their kids’ screen time more beneficial and less addictive

Mesh (formerly Front Finance), a startup developing a service to help customers transfer and manage digital assets like crypto, has raised $22 million in a Series A funding round led…

Mesh, which helps people manage their digital assets, raises $22M

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Here are the 6 finalists of Startup Battlefield at Disrupt 2023

During the last two days, 20 startups pitched their companies as part of TechCrunch Startup Battlefield at Disrupt 2023. These 20 companies were selected as the best of the Startup Battlefield 200 and competed for a chance to take home the Startup Battlefield Cup and $100,000. Expert judges asked the hard questions after the onstage…

7:00 pm PDT • September 20, 2023
Here are the 6 finalists of Startup Battlefield at Disrupt 2023

Several years ago, Aleksander Caban, the co-founder of Carbon Studio, a Polish VR game developer, observed a major problem in modern game design. He had to create rocks, hills, paths…

Auctoria uses generative AI to create video game models

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Betweened wants to teach kids how to use social media, not shut them out of it

Keeping kids off social media is idealistic at best, and giving them access to it opens a Pandora’s box of privacy concerns.

2:26 pm PDT • September 20, 2023
Betweened wants to teach kids how to use social media, not shut them out of it

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MakersHub deciphers accounts payable data so construction companies don’t have to

MakersHub’s WiseVision technology extracts and contextualizes all data on bills and receipts, including every line item and data field.

2:15 pm PDT • September 20, 2023
MakersHub deciphers accounts payable data so construction companies don’t have to

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Agri-Trak is helping farms replace pen and paper with digital tools to track labor and production

Meet Agri-Trak, a software-as-a-service (SaaS) platform designed to help farms digitize, track and analyze their labor and production. The Pultneyville, New York-based startup presented today at TechCrunch Disrupt Startup Battlefield to detail how its labor tracking and H2-A compliance software is helping farms replace pen and paper with easy-to-use digital tools. The platform features a…

2:00 pm PDT • September 20, 2023
Agri-Trak is helping farms replace pen and paper with digital tools to track labor and production

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AppFactor drags legacy enterprise apps to the cloud through automation

Technical debt is often the unsung villain of the enterprise, crippling companies seeking to modernize as they realize just how much “legacy” lives in their stack. And as with most kinds of debt, there is usually interest to pay, too. This is something that fledgling U.K. startup AppFactor is setting out to solve, with a…

1:47 pm PDT • September 20, 2023
AppFactor drags legacy enterprise apps to the cloud through automation

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Reekon hopes high-tech home improvement tools can drag contractors into the 21st century

TechCrunch Disrupt Battlefield company Reekon is building the next generation of smart tools for home contractors.

1:34 pm PDT • September 20, 2023
Reekon hopes high-tech home improvement tools can drag contractors into the 21st century

While studying computer science at the University of Chicago, Devshi Mehrotra and Leslie Jones-Dove were inspired to build tech that centered on the needs of communities historically marginalized by law…

JusticeText taps AI to transcribe evidence for public defenders

Clika, a startup participating in the Battlefield 200 competition at TC Disrupt 2023, aims to build tech to “compress” existing AI models.

Clika is building a platform to make AI models run faster

Standard pet ID tools, like tags and chips, are imperfect. Tags become easily detached, and not every owner is comfortable with the idea of microchipping their pet. Even those who…

Petnow claims to be able to identify dogs and cats from their snouts

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PDS is coming to a cop car near you to stop you from drug-driving

According to a 2022 traffic safety study, 56% of drivers involved in serious injury or fatal crashes tested positive for at least one drug. In 2020, there were more than 5 million car accidents reported to the police — that’s about one crash every six minutes. Between those two stats, it’s obvious that we have…

11:08 am PDT • September 20, 2023
PDS is coming to a cop car near you to stop you from drug-driving

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Parallel Health takes a biotech-forward approach to skincare with custom phage therapy

Parallel Health turns the microbiome of the skin from creepy fact to potentially transformative skin care with custom phage therapy.

10:55 am PDT • September 20, 2023
Parallel Health takes a biotech-forward approach to skincare with custom phage therapy

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Mainstack’s no-code online business service eliminates cross-border payment complexity

Ayobami Oyaleke and Olamide Akinola grew up in Nigeria dreaming of launching a tech startup. Today they are living that dream with Mainstack, a no-code website-building tool for small business owners that includes a twist: a tool that makes it easy to accept cross-border payments. Mainstack is also part of the 2023 TechCrunch Disrupt Battlefield…

10:41 am PDT • September 20, 2023
Mainstack’s no-code online business service eliminates cross-border payment complexity

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Untap Health wants to help offices and care homes track risk from bugs like flu and COVID-19

Ever since the pandemic we’ve been told we’ll need to learn to live with COVID-19, while also being warned it won’t be the last pandemic to hit us. Yet health risks aren’t equal in their impacts, so finding ways to intelligently manage risks around illness and infectious disease is critical work. Step forward Untap Health,…

10:15 am PDT • September 20, 2023
Untap Health wants to help offices and care homes track risk from bugs like flu and COVID-19

FlexPay Technologies is a Kenyan fintech out to enable consumers to afford products that would have otherwise been out of reach for them.

Kenyan fintech FlexPay is helping shoppers save for future purchases

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Magnestar wants to solve the satellite signal interference problem for the entire space industry

Satellites depend on radio frequency spectrum to communicate with each other and with ground stations on Earth, but spectrum is a finite resource that’s prone to interference — an issue that’s only gotten worse as more satellites are launched into orbit. Satellite operators have become increasingly concerned that growing numbers of spacecraft over the same…

2:18 pm PDT • September 19, 2023
Magnestar wants to solve the satellite signal interference problem for the entire space industry

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Phalanx protects company data by automatically securing and tracking sensitive documents

Data loss prevention (DLP) has emerged as a foundational strategy for businesses looking to prevent workers from inadvertently (or advertently) sharing sensitive data outside the confines of the company network. At its core, DLP is about solving the “people problem” — humans are often at the center of security lapses, whether it’s through sharing a…

2:04 pm PDT • September 19, 2023
Phalanx protects company data by automatically securing and tracking sensitive documents

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Nolej’s AI-generated classroom tools are a force multiplier for educators

The idea of bringing AI into the classroom doesn’t sit well with everyone, but the team behind Nolej believes that generative AI can supercharge learning — all while keeping teachers front and center. Nolej AI is an AI-powered tool that lets educators quickly generate interactive learning modules like quizzes, flashcards, games and interactive videos. “We…

1:52 pm PDT • September 19, 2023
Nolej’s AI-generated classroom tools are a force multiplier for educators

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Beyond Aero is building a hydrogen-powered jet

The aviation industry is well aware of its carbon footprint, but it’s not an industry where things change quickly.

1:39 pm PDT • September 19, 2023
Beyond Aero is building a hydrogen-powered jet

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AI startup speeds up the creation of climate-resilient crops

Creating crops that’ll endure climate change — think worse droughts, heat waves and pests — is a time-consuming and costly feat. Avalo is betting its machine learning models can speed that process up and make it a whole lot cheaper too.  The Durham, North Carolina–based startup, which pitched onstage at the TechCrunch Disrupt Startup Battlefield…

1:25 pm PDT • September 19, 2023
AI startup speeds up the creation of climate-resilient crops

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Allie wants to layer intelligence on top of factory floors

Factory downtime is an expensive problem. According to one estimate, it costs enterprise companies 11% of their yearly turnover, amounting to almost $1.5 trillion each year. That works out to about $129 million per facility among Fortune 500 companies, over double what Fortune 500 companies reported paying in downtime in 2020. Part of the reason…

12:48 pm PDT • September 19, 2023
Allie wants to layer intelligence on top of factory floors

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Electrified Thermal Solutions’ e-bricks could be key to decarbonizing heavy industry

Heavy industry relies on fossil fuels not just for power, but heat. Thermal batteries could help make electrification a reality for those companies.

10:45 am PDT • September 19, 2023
Electrified Thermal Solutions’ e-bricks could be key to decarbonizing heavy industry

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BioticsAI wants to improve prenatal ultrasound scans with AI

Meet BioticsAI, a startup that has built an AI-based platform that plugs into an ultrasound machine to prevent fetal malformation misdiagnosis. BioticsAI has been quietly working on its solution for the past two years and is now unveiling its product onstage at TechCrunch Disrupt as part of the Startup Battlefield. “BioticsAI processes all of the…

10:31 am PDT • September 19, 2023
BioticsAI wants to improve prenatal ultrasound scans with AI

Fairly AI, participating in the Startup Battlefield 200 competition, is tackling challenges around AI risk, compliance and governance.

Fairly AI wants to help companies better understand their AI risk

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Flint wants to disrupt the battery industry with paper

Lithium-ion batteries have become the standard in the electrification revolution. In fact, they’ve become so unquestionably integral to the development of batteries that everyone from government to automakers to big oil is rushing to shore up access to the mineral. The only problem is, lithium is expensive, time-consuming and labor-intensive to extract. And that extraction…

10:17 am PDT • September 19, 2023
Flint wants to disrupt the battery industry with paper