Avoid the price hike on tickets to Disrupt Berlin 2018

If you’re as serious about saving money as you are about startups, it’s time to handeln sie — take action! TechCrunch Disrupt Berlin 2018 takes place on 29-30 November, and you definitely want to attend this conference at the best possible price. That means you need to buy your pass now before the price increase goes […]

If you’re as serious about saving money as you are about startups, it’s time to handeln sie — take action! TechCrunch Disrupt Berlin 2018 takes place on 29-30 November, and you definitely want to attend this conference at the best possible price.

That means you need to buy your pass now before the price increase goes into effect on 24 October. We’re serious about rewarding action, and you’ll save up to €500 simply by breaking free from procrastination’s expensive grip.

Speaking of action, you’ll enjoy an inordinate amount of it packed into your two days at Disrupt Berlin. Let’s start with a sample of just some of the incredible speakers we have on tap:

Then there’s Startup Battlefield, the thrilling pitch competition where 15 of the best early-stage startups across Europe will go head-to-head for glory and a $50,000 cash prize while they launch their startups on a global stage.

You’ll find even more outstanding startups in Startup Alley. Our expo floor will be home to more than 400 early-stage startups showcasing their tech products, services, platforms and talent. Whether you’re searching for funding, recruiting technologists, looking for your next job or to invest in the next big thing, Startup Alley is a breeding ground of opportunity.

If the thought of wading through a crowd of thousands looking for the right people to meet sounds daunting, you’ll want to check out CrunchMatch, our free business match-making service. Last year, investors and founders used it to connect and discuss potential funding opportunities based on similar goals and interests. This year, we’re making CrunchMatch available to all Disrupt Berlin attendees. Presto, networking made easy.

We’ve just barely scratched the surface on all the events and programming you can expect — which also includes interactive workshops, panel discussions throughout the content-packed two days and, of course, our totally off-the-hook After Party.

Disrupt Berlin 2018 will be ready to roll on 29-30 November, and we can’t wait to see you there. You can save up to €500, but only if you handeln sie — take action — before 24 October. Buy your tickets today!

CrunchMatch connects attendees at Disrupt Berlin 2018

On 29-30 November, thousands of early-stage startups across Europe and beyond will attend Disrupt Berlin 2018 and spend two program-packed days exhibiting and exploring the very latest in tech innovations. In a crowd that size, it helps to have a tool to find and connect with the right people. That’s why we’re making our CrunchMatch platform […]

On 29-30 November, thousands of early-stage startups across Europe and beyond will attend Disrupt Berlin 2018 and spend two program-packed days exhibiting and exploring the very latest in tech innovations. In a crowd that size, it helps to have a tool to find and connect with the right people.

That’s why we’re making our CrunchMatch platform available to all Disrupt Berlin attendees. Last year, our free business match-making service connected investors and founders to discuss potential funding opportunities based on similar goals and interests. Now CrunchMatch can help everyone network more efficiently.

We’re talking founders and investors looking to connect, developers in search of employment, founders hunting for collaborators or startups recruiting tech talent — the list goes on. CrunchMatch can save you valuable time and help you make valuable connections.

Luke Heron, CEO of TestCard, has first-hand experience with the power of CrunchMatch, which he used to secure meetings with multiple VCs at Disrupt Berlin 2017. Those connections, and the relationships he built, paid off.

In a recent email, Heron told us that TestCard “just closed $1.7 million in funding (which is thanks to you and your team, bless you!) You guys are fantastic — the lifeblood of the startup scene.”

And several founders who attended Disrupt San Francisco this past September used CrunchMatch and walked away from their meetings with term sheets.

Representing the investment point of view, here’s what Michael Kocan, managing partner at Trend Discovery, said about his CrunchMatch experience.

“It makes vetting deals extremely efficient. I scheduled more than 35 meetings with startups using CrunchMatch, and we made a significant investment in one, who came to our attention through Startup Battlefield.”

Ready to simplify your networking at Disrupt Berlin? Here’s what you need to know. When we open CruntchMatch, all registered attendees will receive an email explaining how to access the platform and fill out their profiles. Your profile spells out your role and the type of connections you want to make. CrunchMatch kicks into gear and makes suggested connections and then — subject to your approval — the platform handles all the scheduling details.

Disrupt Berlin 2018 takes place 29-30 November. Still need a ticket? Buy your pass right here. We can’t wait to see you in Berlin! And be sure to use the CrunchMatch advantage — it’s the most efficient way to find your people and fuel your dream.

Why early-stage founders are heading to Disrupt Berlin 2018

Attention all early-stage startup founders — we’re looking at you, because Disrupt Berlin 2018 (29-30 November) is right around the corner. Even if you’ve been part of the startup scene for only a short time you know about Disrupt, the premier technology conference hosted by TechCrunch.com. But here’s the thing. Knowing about Disrupt and going to […]

Attention all early-stage startup founders — we’re looking at you, because Disrupt Berlin 2018 (29-30 November) is right around the corner. Even if you’ve been part of the startup scene for only a short time you know about Disrupt, the premier technology conference hosted by TechCrunch.com.

But here’s the thing. Knowing about Disrupt and going to Disrupt are very different animals. So, we want to take a moment to share what your peers — other early-stage founders — told us about their experience at Disrupt events. And why you should plan to join us in Berlin on 29-30 November. You can keep reading or cut to the chase and purchase your Founder Pass or Startup Alley Exhibitor Package right here.

Funding and professional growth

David Hall is the co-founder and president of Park and Diamond, a startup with a collapsible bike helmet and a mission to engineer safer bike rides. His company exhibited in Startup Alley at Disrupt NY 2017, where they had hundreds of conversations with investors, technologists and potential customers.

“Attending Disrupt and exhibiting in Startup Alley is the best training ground for early-stage startup founders,” said Hall. “You’re in the thick of the action and learning as you go. It’s a tremendous opportunity to grow.”

Hall credits those conversations in Startup Alley with helping him hone his 30-second elevator pitch and becoming more comfortable approaching investors. But more than that, the exposure to the broad range of startup movers and shakers that attend Disrupt changed everything.

“We were a little college startup, and nobody had heard of us. The exposure we received at TechCrunch Disrupt completely changed our trajectory and made it easier to raise funds and jump to the next stage.”

Park and Diamond’s next stage involved closing the company’s first round of funding, which let them relocate from Virginia to New York. It also let them make their first key hires — a former space technology engineer and a former senior vice president of sports marketing at NBC.

Media exposure

Luke Heron is the CEO and co-founder of TestCard, a company that combines smartphone technology and traditional snail mail to deliver a medical test experience in the privacy of the home.

Heron routinely advises founders to attend Disrupt, calling it a “no-brainer.” He cites access to investors, naturally, but also notes the show’s large media presence — and the important role media exposure plays in the life of an early startup.

“We got fantastic coverage in Engadget, which was really valuable. Coverage is the lifeblood of a startup. Cash at the beginning of the startup journey is difficult to come by, and an article from a credible organization can help push things in the right direction.”

Heron recently attended Disrupt SF 2018, and he sent us this update on his company’s current direction.

“It’s great to be back at TechCrunch Disrupt again this year. We have just closed $1.7 million in funding thanks to you and your team, bless you. You guys are fantastic — the lifeblood of the startup scene.”

Networking, collaboration and education

Vlad Larin is the co-founder of Zeroqode, a no-code development platform that lets developers and non-developers build web and mobile apps — without using code — in less time and for less money.

Unlike most early-stage startup founders, Larin’s objective for attending Disrupt was not to secure investors, but rather to help people understand Zeroqode’s no-code development technology. Larin noted that exhibiting in Startup Alley at Disrupt Berlin 2017 was the perfect place to start those conversations.

“Disrupt is the place where technology worlds collide. You shake hands and talk with all kinds of people looking for new ideas, collaboration and inspiration — people who want to learn and exchange ideas about the latest products and industry trends.”

Larin particularly enjoyed the overall atmosphere and the ease with which ideas flowed.

“It was a great networking opportunity. Everyone was there to help and support each other and look for mutually beneficial ways to collaborate. It was refreshing, and you just don’t experience that every day.”

Disrupt Berlin 2018 takes place on 29-30 November. Whether you’re looking for opportunities to secure funding, find media coverage, build relationships or just be inspired, Disrupt is the place where early-stage founder dreams can come true. Buy a Founder Pass or Startup Alley Exhibitor Package here today and join us in Berlin!

Why early-stage founders are heading to Disrupt Berlin 2018

Attention all early-stage startup founders — we’re looking at you, because Disrupt Berlin 2018 (29-30 November) is right around the corner. Even if you’ve been part of the startup scene for only a short time you know about Disrupt, the premier technology conference hosted by TechCrunch.com. But here’s the thing. Knowing about Disrupt and going to […]

Attention all early-stage startup founders — we’re looking at you, because Disrupt Berlin 2018 (29-30 November) is right around the corner. Even if you’ve been part of the startup scene for only a short time you know about Disrupt, the premier technology conference hosted by TechCrunch.com.

But here’s the thing. Knowing about Disrupt and going to Disrupt are very different animals. So, we want to take a moment to share what your peers — other early-stage founders — told us about their experience at Disrupt events. And why you should plan to join us in Berlin on 29-30 November. You can keep reading or cut to the chase and purchase your Founder Pass or Startup Alley Exhibitor Package right here.

Funding and professional growth

David Hall is the co-founder and president of Park and Diamond, a startup with a collapsible bike helmet and a mission to engineer safer bike rides. His company exhibited in Startup Alley at Disrupt NY 2017, where they had hundreds of conversations with investors, technologists and potential customers.

“Attending Disrupt and exhibiting in Startup Alley is the best training ground for early-stage startup founders,” said Hall. “You’re in the thick of the action and learning as you go. It’s a tremendous opportunity to grow.”

Hall credits those conversations in Startup Alley with helping him hone his 30-second elevator pitch and becoming more comfortable approaching investors. But more than that, the exposure to the broad range of startup movers and shakers that attend Disrupt changed everything.

“We were a little college startup, and nobody had heard of us. The exposure we received at TechCrunch Disrupt completely changed our trajectory and made it easier to raise funds and jump to the next stage.”

Park and Diamond’s next stage involved closing the company’s first round of funding, which let them relocate from Virginia to New York. It also let them make their first key hires — a former space technology engineer and a former senior vice president of sports marketing at NBC.

Media exposure

Luke Heron is the CEO and co-founder of TestCard, a company that combines smartphone technology and traditional snail mail to deliver a medical test experience in the privacy of the home.

Heron routinely advises founders to attend Disrupt, calling it a “no-brainer.” He cites access to investors, naturally, but also notes the show’s large media presence — and the important role media exposure plays in the life of an early startup.

“We got fantastic coverage in Engadget, which was really valuable. Coverage is the lifeblood of a startup. Cash at the beginning of the startup journey is difficult to come by, and an article from a credible organization can help push things in the right direction.”

Heron recently attended Disrupt SF 2018, and he sent us this update on his company’s current direction.

“It’s great to be back at TechCrunch Disrupt again this year. We have just closed $1.7 million in funding thanks to you and your team, bless you. You guys are fantastic — the lifeblood of the startup scene.”

Networking, collaboration and education

Vlad Larin is the co-founder of Zeroqode, a no-code development platform that lets developers and non-developers build web and mobile apps — without using code — in less time and for less money.

Unlike most early-stage startup founders, Larin’s objective for attending Disrupt was not to secure investors, but rather to help people understand Zeroqode’s no-code development technology. Larin noted that exhibiting in Startup Alley at Disrupt Berlin 2017 was the perfect place to start those conversations.

“Disrupt is the place where technology worlds collide. You shake hands and talk with all kinds of people looking for new ideas, collaboration and inspiration — people who want to learn and exchange ideas about the latest products and industry trends.”

Larin particularly enjoyed the overall atmosphere and the ease with which ideas flowed.

“It was a great networking opportunity. Everyone was there to help and support each other and look for mutually beneficial ways to collaborate. It was refreshing, and you just don’t experience that every day.”

Disrupt Berlin 2018 takes place on 29-30 November. Whether you’re looking for opportunities to secure funding, find media coverage, build relationships or just be inspired, Disrupt is the place where early-stage founder dreams can come true. Buy a Founder Pass or Startup Alley Exhibitor Package here today and join us in Berlin!

Grab your Investor pass to Disrupt Berlin 2018 today

Calling all early-stage fund investors across Europe and beyond. If you’re looking to invest in the most promising up-and-coming early-stage startups — and of course you are, because that’s what you do — it’s time to book your Investor pass to Disrupt Berlin 2018, which takes place November 29-30. Disrupt Berlin attracts startups from more […]

Calling all early-stage fund investors across Europe and beyond. If you’re looking to invest in the most promising up-and-coming early-stage startups — and of course you are, because that’s what you do — it’s time to book your Investor pass to Disrupt Berlin 2018, which takes place November 29-30.

Disrupt Berlin attracts startups from more than 50 countries, including the European Union members, Israel, Turkey, Russia, Egypt, India, China and South Korea, to name a few. You’ll have focused, in-person exposure and access to European and international startups during two days of intense programming and curated networking.

Time-savvy investors will take advantage of CrunchMatch, our free business matchmaking service that quickly connects investors with founders who want to discuss potential funding opportunities — based on their specific criteria, goals and interests. You fill out a profile, we work a bit of algorithmic magic and presto — CrunchMatch suggests appropriate matches and, if approved by both parties, sends meeting requests and proposes meeting times. Plus, if you need some extra time to chat with a founder you meet at the event, you can take advantage of up to two hours of free meeting room space at the event.

Need a quiet space to just catch up on work? Investors will have access to a dedicated private lounge where you can do just that. And we’ll also be hosting a reception where you can meet fellow VCs, angels and LPs to share best practices and network over a beer.

You won’t want to miss watching Startup Battlefield, where up to 15 of the best early-stage startups compete head-to-head for the Disrupt Cup, $50,000 in cash and a crazy amount of investor love.

Michael Kocan, the managing partner at Trend Discovery, told us he was pleasantly surprised at the number of early-stage startups attending Disrupt, and he discovered a potent tool by combining Startup Battlefield and CrunchMatch.

“I get the most value at the intersection of CrunchMatch and Startup Battlefield. If I see an interesting company present on stage, I use CrunchMatch to quickly schedule a meeting with them for later that day. It makes vetting deals extremely efficient.”

CrunchMatch facilitated almost a thousand meetings at Disrupt Berlin 2017, and 97 percent of the participants said they’d happily use the shoe-leather-saving platform again.

Now, let’s talk about the networking value investors will find in Startup Alley. Our expo floor showcases more than 400 early-stage startups displaying their latest tech products, services and platforms. It’s a breeding ground of opportunity, collaboration and innovation. It’s also where you’ll find the TC Top Picks — our hand-picked cohort representing exceptional startups in these 10 categories:

  • AI/Machine Learning
  • Blockchain
  • CRM/Enterprise
  • E-commerce
  • Education
  • Fintech
  • Healthtech/Biotech
  • Hardware, Robotics, IoT
  • Mobility
  • Gaming

Networking with peers is an essential part of any business, and Michael Kocan found that Disrupt offers plenty of opportunity to meet and network with other investors. Of the new venture capital investors that he met at the conference, Kocan connected with roughly 25 percent through CrunchMatch and 75 percent just by working the event.

“The Investor Reception is a fantastic opportunity to build relationships with a broad range of investor colleagues,” said Kocan.

Beyond the investing and networking opportunities, Disrupt Berlin 2018 also features a strong roster of speakers from the investment community. You’ll hear four Accel partners — Harry Nelis, Sonali De Rycker, Philippe Botteri and Luciana Lixandru — talk about the firm’s investments, each partner’s current focus and their collective thoughts on the European startup scene.

A quick sample of other speakers includes Kaidi Ruusalepp, founder and CEO of Funderbeam, Mike Collett, founder and managing partner at Promus Ventures, and Jamie Burke, CEO and founder of Outlier Ventures.

If you’re a corporate investor, venture capitalist, angel investor, private equity manager or limited partner, Disrupt Berlin 2018 is exactly where you need to be on November 29-30. Don’t miss this opportunity to connect with, and possibly invest in, the best early-stage startups in Europe. Buy your investor pass right here and save €500.

Blockchain startups: Apply to exhibit for free at TechCrunch Disrupt Berlin 2018

Back in July, TechCrunch held a sold-out event focusing on Blockchain and we want to see those startups at Disrupt this year! On 29-30 November thousands of attendees will descend on Berlin, and what better way to get your blockchain business in front of them than to exhibit in Startup Alley? Oh wait, we know […]

Back in July, TechCrunch held a sold-out event focusing on Blockchain and we want to see those startups at Disrupt this year! On 29-30 November thousands of attendees will descend on Berlin, and what better way to get your blockchain business in front of them than to exhibit in Startup Alley?

Oh wait, we know a better way — apply to be a TechCrunch Top Pick and exhibit at Disrupt Berlin for FREE! Our highly discerning editors will review every application and choose up to five of the absolute best early-stage blockchain startups. Each TC Top Pick receives one free Startup Alley Exhibitor Package along with prime real estate in Startup Alley where they can strut their stuff in front of influential technologists and investors, potential collaborators and customers. It’s an opportunity you can’t afford to miss, so don’t wait — apply before the 28 September deadline.

Here’s what you get with a Startup Alley Exhibitor Package.

One-day exhibit space
Three Disrupt Berlin Founder Passes
Access to CrunchMatch (our free investor-to-startup matching platform)
Access to the Disrupt press list
A chance to be selected as one of the Startup Battlefield Wild Card companies (and you might even compete in our $50,000 startup-pitch competition)

You’ll also have the opportunity to hear some of Europe’s blockchain movers and shakers speak from the Main Stage. People like Vinay Gupta, Founder of Mattererum and Kaidi Ruusalepp, Founder and CEO of Funderbeam.

Disrupt Berlin 2018 takes place on 29-30 November. If you want a shot at being one of the blockchain TC Top Picks and exhibiting for free in Startup Alley, then apply here before 28 Sept. We can’t wait to see you in Berlin!

Last day to apply for TC Top Picks at Disrupt Berlin 2018

This is the day that one of the great early-stage startup opportunities comes to a grinding halt, friends. Today, September 28, is the last day you can apply to be a TC Top Pick at Disrupt Berlin 2018. It’s your last shot to exhibit in Startup Alley for free. Your final chance for incredible access […]

This is the day that one of the great early-stage startup opportunities comes to a grinding halt, friends. Today, September 28, is the last day you can apply to be a TC Top Pick at Disrupt Berlin 2018. It’s your last shot to exhibit in Startup Alley for free. Your final chance for incredible access to the kind of influential investors, tech founders and advisors that can change your business trajectory.

Disrupt Berlin 2018 takes place on November 29-30, and if you’re selected as a TC Top Pick by our discerning editors, you’ll receive a FREE Startup Alley Exhibitor Package. Startup Alley is our exhibition floor where hundreds of early-stage startups showcase their latest tech products, platforms, services and talent.

Thousands of attendees stream through the Alley, including tech journalists from hundreds of media outlets, investors searching for the next big thing, developers and entrepreneurs — a veritable who’s who of the startup world. You want to be there, and this is your last chance to get there for free.

Here’s what you get with a Startup Alley Exhibitor Package.

A one-day exhibit space, three Disrupt Berlin Founder passes, CrunchMatch (our free investor-to-startup matching platform), full use of the Startup Alley Exhibitor lounge and access to the Disrupt press list. TC Top Picks also receive a three-minute interview on the Showcase Stage with a TechCrunch editor, and we promote those video interviews across our social media platforms. That kind of media exposure can pay dividends long after Disrupt ends.

Vlad Larin, a co-founder of Zeroqode, was on the receiving end of a TechCrunch video interview at Disrupt Berlin 2017. Here’s his take.

“The Showcase Stage interview was a wonderful experience. The publicity we received brought a lot of people back to our website. We had a huge spike in traffic, and we’re still feeling the positive business effects of that interview.”

If you want to be considered for a TC Top Pick designation, your early-stage startup must fall into one of the following tech categories:

  • AI/Machine Learning
  • Blockchain
  • CRM/Enterprise
  • E-commerce
  • Education
  • Fintech
  • Healthtech/Biotech
  • Hardware, Robotics, IoT
  • Mobility
  • Gaming

TechCrunch editors will review and vet each qualified application thoroughly, and they’ll choose up to five startups to represent each category.

There you have it. Plenty of great reasons to apply to be a TC Pop Pick at Disrupt Berlin 2018. And only a few remaining hours to get the job done. The deadline is today, September 28. Don’t waste this opportunity. Get moving right now!

24 hours left to apply as a TC Top Pick at Disrupt Berlin 2018

  Die Zeit läuft aus, Leute — time is running out, people! You have less than 24 hours to apply to be a TechCrunch Top Pick at Disrupt Berlin 2018, which goes down on 29-30 November. It’s one of the smartest moves that early-stage startup founders can make, so go apply now before the application […]

 

Die Zeit läuft aus, Leute — time is running out, people! You have less than 24 hours to apply to be a TechCrunch Top Pick at Disrupt Berlin 2018, which goes down on 29-30 November. It’s one of the smartest moves that early-stage startup founders can make, so go apply now before the application window closes on Friday 28 September.

You’re still here? OK, so maybe you need more information about how we select TC Top Picks and all the benefits associated with that prized designation. We get it.

For starters, to be a TC Top Pick candidate — and have a shot at attending Disrupt Berlin and exhibiting in Startup Alley GRATIS — your early-stage startup must fall into one of the following tech categories:

  • AI/Machine Learning
  • Blockchain
  • CRM/Enterprise
  • E-commerce
  • Education
  • Fintech
  • Healthtech/Biotech
  • Hardware, Robotics, IoT
  • Mobility
  • Gaming

The vetting process is very competitive, and our TechCrunch editors — a highly discerning lot — will thoroughly review every eligible application. Up to five cream-of-the-crop startups in each category will earn a TC Top Pick designation and each startup will receive one free Startup Alley Exhibitor Package. Free as in zero Euros. Talk about some mighty ROI.

The Startup Alley Exhibitor Package includes a one-day exhibit space, three Disrupt Berlin Founder passes, access to CrunchMatch (our free investor-to-startup matching platform) and access to the Disrupt press list. In a classic “but wait, there’s more” moment, all TC Top Picks will be interviewed by a TechCrunch editor on the Showcase Stage. We’ll promote each three-minute video interview across all our social media platforms. It’s the marketing gift that keeps on giving.

If you’re not familiar with Startup Alley, it’s Disrupt’s exhibition hall and the pulsing heart of the tech conference. Hundreds of pre-series A startups will showcase their tech talent, products, platforms and services to more than 3,000 attendees and more than 300 hundred media outlets. If you’re looking for new customers, media coverage or future investors, you need to exhibit in Startup Alley.

We’re not the only people who hold that opinion. Here’s Zeroqode co-founder Vlad Larin’s take on the experience: “Startup Alley was a great networking opportunity. It was full of all the people you could possibly hope to meet at a tech conference. They spanned diverse backgrounds and industries. We talked to people looking for partnerships, investments, new ideas, collaboration and inspiration.”

Die Zeit läuft aus, Leute! Don’t let time run out on your chance to be a TC Top Pick and exhibit at Disrupt Berlin 2018 for FREE. The September 28 application deadline is less than 24 hours away — apply here right now.

CrunchMatch for all at Disrupt Berlin 2018

Verbinden wie nie zuvor! Very roughly translated that means “connect like never before.” If you’re planning to attend Disrupt Berlin 2018 on November 29-30, we’re happy to tell you that networking will be easier and more exacting than ever. How? We’re making our CrunchMatch platform available to all attendees. Not familiar with CrunchMatch? It’s our free business […]

Verbinden wie nie zuvor! Very roughly translated that means “connect like never before.” If you’re planning to attend Disrupt Berlin 2018 on November 29-30, we’re happy to tell you that networking will be easier and more exacting than ever. How? We’re making our CrunchMatch platform available to all attendees.

Not familiar with CrunchMatch? It’s our free business match-making service that connects investors and founders — who want to discuss potential funding opportunities — based on their specific criteria, goals and interests. CrunchMatch (powered by our partner Brella) uses algorithmic magic to suggest matches and, if approved, send meeting requests and propose meeting times.

CrunchMatch really works well, if you ask TestCard CEO Luke Heron’s about his experience with the platform at Disrupt Berlin 2017. “We used the CrunchMatch platform to schedule a meetings with six or seven VCs and, by and large, they were very positive meetings.” So positive, in fact, that Heron recently wrote us to say that TestCard “just closed $1.7 million in funding (which is thanks to you and your team, bless you!) You guys are fantastic — the lifeblood of the startup scene.” At Disrupt San Francisco in September, several founders who used CrunchMatch walked away from their meetings with term sheets.

On the VC side of the investment coin, Michael Kocan, managing partner at Trend Discovery, noted that CrunchMatch helps him find startups that have a good chance of meeting his investment criteria.

“I get the most value at the intersection of CrunchMatch and Startup Battlefield. If I see an interesting company present on stage, I use CrunchMatch to quickly schedule a meeting with them for later that day. It makes vetting deals extremely efficient.”

The platform’s powerful combination of curation and automated efficiency means you make the most of your limited time at Disrupt — and still find the people you need in the easiest way possible. Think of CrunchMatch as the solution to the age-old needle-in-a-haystack scenario.

Disrupt Berlin 2018 marks the first time we’re opening up CrunchMatch to all attendees — not just investors and founders. Who else can benefit from using CrunchMatch? Let’s say founders looking for developers, technology service providers eager to help founders, founders looking for marketing help — the list is endless. But with CrunchMatch, Disrupt Berlin attendees can spell out what they are looking for and discover other attendees who are a fit.

And of course, investors and founders can still use it to discuss potential funding opportunities.

Now that CrunchMatch will be available to all Disrupt Berlin 2018 attendees, here’s what you need to know to make the most of this opportunity.

Once we launch CrunchMatch, registered Disrupt Berlin attendees will receive an email explaining how to access the platform and fill out their profiles. Simply identify your role (developer, service provider, founder, etc.) and who you want to connect with at Disrupt. CrunchMatch will get to work and make suggestions, which you can approve — and CrunchMatch will do the rest.

Disrupt Berlin 2018 takes place on November 29-30. Be sure to buy your tickets today and get ready to network. CrunchMatch saves you time, it saves you shoe leather and it helps you connect like never before. Verbinden wie nie zuvor!

Applications for TC Top Picks at Disrupt Berlin 2018 close Friday

If you’ve even vaguely considered applying to be a TechCrunch Top Pick at Disrupt Berlin 2018, which takes place on 29-30 November, you need to act now. The application window closes on Friday 28 September, so get moving and apply to be a TC Top Pick today. Why would you want to be selected as a […]

If you’ve even vaguely considered applying to be a TechCrunch Top Pick at Disrupt Berlin 2018, which takes place on 29-30 November, you need to act now. The application window closes on Friday 28 September, so get moving and apply to be a TC Top Pick today.

Why would you want to be selected as a TC Top Pick? Let us count the reasons. First, only the most exceptional startups earn the Top Pick designation. It’s a highly curated process, and our editors are an extremely picky bunch. Second, all TC Top Picks receive a FREE Startup Alley Exhibitor Package.

That’s right, you get to exhibit for free in Startup Alley, where hundreds of early-stage startups showcase their tech talent, products, platforms and services to thousands of attendees and network with the brightest innovators in Europe. This bears repeating: for free. As in zero Euros. Such a deal — and we’re not the only ones who say that.

Exhibiting in Startup Alley puts your company smack-dab in front of the very influencers you want to attract, including investors. Luke Heron, CEO of TestCard, noted, “TechCrunch uses a curation process regarding the companies it accepts, so exhibiting in Startup Alley at Disrupt — among all these other fantastic startups — has a hugely positive impact when you’re fundraising.”

He’s speaking from experience. Heron recently shared with us that TestCard “just closed $1.7 million in funding (which is thanks to you and your team — bless you!) You guys are fantastic — the lifeblood of the startup scene.”

Want more validation? We got you.

In addition to the free Startup Alley Exhibitor Package, TC Top Picks also receive a three-minute interview with a TechCrunch editor on the Showcase Stage, which we promote across our social media platforms. As Vlad Larin, co-founder of Zeroqode said, being on the receiving end of that kind of media exposure can have long-term benefits.

“The Showcase Stage interview was a wonderful experience. The publicity we received brought a lot of people back to our website. We had a huge spike in traffic, and we’re still feeling the positive business effects of that interview.”

If you want to be considered for a TC Top Pick designation, your early-stage startup must fall into one of the following tech categories:

  • AI/Machine Learning
  • Blockchain
  • CRM/Enterprise
  • E-commerce
  • Education
  • Fintech
  • Healthtech/Biotech
  • Hardware, Robotics, IoT
  • Mobility
  • Gaming

TechCrunch editors will review and vet each qualified application thoroughly, and they’ll choose up to five startups to represent each category.

The Startup Alley Exhibitor Package includes a one-day exhibit space, three Disrupt Berlin Founder passes, access to CrunchMatch (our free investor-to-startup matching platform) and access to the Disrupt press list.

Disrupt Berlin 2018 takes place on 29-30 November, and the deadline to apply to be a TC Top Pick is 28 September. You’ll have the networking opportunity of a lifetime — at zero cost — and it could take your business to the next level. So, what are you waiting for?