TechCrunch’s Startup Battlefield is the world’s preeminent startup competition. Startup Battlefield features 15-30 top early stage startups pitching top judges in front of a vast live audience, present in person and online. Teams go through an intensive mini-accelerator for 8 weeks before each event, honing their business models and pitches. Startups pitch on stage for six minutes, followed by an intense question and answer session with top investors, entrepreneurs, and technologists, including prominent Silicon Valley figures like Marissa Mayer, Ron Conway, Fred Wilson and Roelof Botha, among many others – just like an investment pitch meeting.
Companies that launched at Tech Crunch include Vurb, Trello, Mint, Dropbox, Yammer, Tripit, Redbeacon, Qwiki, Getaround, and Soluto. The statistics on the 763 startups that have participated since the first competition, TC40 in 2007, tell a strong story: in aggregate, as of February 2019, they have raised $8.8 billion, while 109 have been acquired or have gone public. TechCrunch makes the complete details of past Battlefields and participants available on the Battlefield leaderboard.
It’s important to note that TechCrunch takes no fees or equity from the startups. Applying and participating in the Battlefield is 100% free.
Startup Battlefields take place both regionally and at TechCrunch Disrupt. Startup Battlefield at at TechCrunch Disrupt is industry and regionally agnostic. The winner takes away the Disrupt Cup, an equity-free check for $100,000 (at SF), and all the contestants enjoy immense press, investor and partner attention, along with membership in the elite ranks of Battlefield alums and to Extra Crunch.
In 2016, TechCrunch took the renowned competition on the road with our new Battlefield X events. Working with partners like the NFL, Facebook and others, TechCrunch Startup Battlefield X highlights startups in specific industries or regions with an exceptional emerging ecosystem. The Startup Battlefield X winners also win prize money, worldwide press recognition, the eyes of the global investment community, and an opportunity to appear on stage at TechCrunch Disrupt San Francisco.
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