TechCrunch Battlefield is a premiere startup competition that encourages new companies from around the world to apply for a shot at $50,000 and the Disrupt Cup. Competing startups will also get to demo in Startup Alley, placing them in front of potential users, partners, investors and the hundreds of press outlets on-site.
The companies TechCrunch editors select to compete will pitch on-stage in front of some of the biggest names in tech. Judges last year included big names in tech from companies such as Sequoia, Kleiner Perkins, Founder Collective and SV Angel.
“We are really proud of Battlefield’s success in elevating great startups, and the startup world has definitely caught on,” said Sam O’Keefe from TechCrunch. “Back in 2010-2011, our acceptance rates hovered between 8-10 percent. In 2013, that number ranged from 2 to 5 percent for New York, San Francisco, and Berlin.”
Since Battlefield is a startup launch competition, existing companies launching new feature sets do not qualify as launch companies, nor do companies that have presented at other public launch events. For more eligibility criteria, click here.
Participating companies receive coaching of their pitch from the TechCrunch staff, an exhibit area in the Disrupt Startup-Alley, invites to VIP events and swag from TechCrunch. It’s all 100% free for startups, and a benefit in terms of press, partner and investor attention.
To date, Battlefield 508 contestants have raised $4.4B and 65 have exited.
To apply for The Battlefield, visit apply.tcdisrupt.com.