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.

Announcing the agenda for TechCrunch Startup Battlefield Latin America 2018

We’re excited to head to São Paulo, Brazil on November 8 for TechCrunch Startup Battlefield Latin America. Yes, we’re bringing our premier startup pitch competition to Latin America and launching 15 of the hottest startups in the region onstage for the first time. We’ll also be joined by some leading lights of the scene. Tickets […]

We’re excited to head to São Paulo, Brazil on November 8 for TechCrunch Startup Battlefield Latin America. Yes, we’re bringing our premier startup pitch competition to Latin America and launching 15 of the hottest startups in the region onstage for the first time. We’ll also be joined by some leading lights of the scene.

Tickets to this event — our first in this part of the world — are free, and you can apply for your tickets right here.

Startup Battlefield consists of three preliminary rounds with 15 teams — five startups per round — which have six minutes to pitch and present a live demo to a panel of expert technologists and VC investors. After each pitch, the judges have six minutes to grill the team with tough questions. This is all after the free pitch-coaching the teams receive from TechCrunch editors.

One startup will emerge as the winner of TechCrunch Startup Battlefield LATAM 2018 — and receive a USD$25,000 cash prize and win a trip for two to compete in the Startup Battlefield at TechCrunch Disrupt in 2019 (assuming the company still qualifies to compete at the time).

We still have a few tricks up our sleeves and will be adding some new names to the agenda over the next few weeks, so keep your eyes open. In the meantime, check out these agenda highlights:

9:35 AM – 10:00 AM

A China Twist to Brazil’s Mobility Revolution with Ariel Lambrecht (Yellow), Eduardo Musa (Yellow), Tony Qiu (Didi Chuxing), Hans Tung (GGV Capital)

With Didi Chuxing’s acquisition of car-sharing service 99 and GGV’s investment in scooter / bike mobility startup Yellow, what lessons from China’s mobility revolution will unfold in Brazil?

10:00 AM – 11:05 AM

Startup Battlefield Session 1

TechCrunch’s iconic startup competition is here for the first time in Latin America, as entrepreneurs from around the region pitch expert judges and vie for the Battlefield Cup.

The first preliminary round of five contestants.

11:20 AM – 11:40 AM

Keynote by Konstantinos Papamiltiadis (Facebook)

Facebook’s Director of Platform Partnerships discusses the Facebook developer ecosystem. Sponsored by Facebook.

11:40 AM – 12:40 PM

Startup Battlefield Session 2

The second preliminary round of five contestants.

1:40 PM – 2:40 PM

Startup Battlefield Session 3

The third preliminary round of five contestants.

2:40 PM – 3:00 PM

20 Years Ahead of the Curve with Fabricio Bloisi (Movile)

Movile started with SMS and ringtones in 1998 and evolved into a powerful conglomerate of digital businesses on mobile platforms. Founder Fabricio Bloisi discusses the journey and what’s next.

3:00 PM – 3:20 PM

Keynote by Rodrigo Schmidt (Instagram)

The director of engineering at Instagram discusses the rapid growth and development of the popular photo-sharing app. Sponsored by Facebook.

3:20 PM – 3:45 PM

Venture Investing In Latin America Today with Eric Acher (Monashees),Veronica Allende Serra (Innova Capital ), Hernan Kazah (Kaszek), Fernando Lelo de Larrea (ALLVP)

The pace and scale of venture investing in Latin America is accelerating fast. How will the ecosystem adapt?

4:00 PM – 5:15 PM

Startup Battlefield Final

The final round. One of these five finalists will be the winner of Startup Battlefield.

5:15 PM – 5:35 PM

Nubank Unleashed with Cristina Junqueira (Nubank) and David Velez (Nubank)

With $180 million in fresh capital and a $4 billion valuation, where will Nubank go from here?

5:35 PM – 6:00 PM

New Wave Latin Founders with David Arana (Konfio), Sebastian Mejia (Rappi), Ana McLaren (Enjoie)

The latest generation of tech founders in Latin America may be more disruptive than their predecessors but also face rapidly rising expectations at home and abroad.

6:00 PM

Startup Battlefield Closing Awards Ceremony
Watch the announcement of the Startup Battlefield winner.

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.

TechCrunch Startup Battlefield MENA 2018 takes place tomorrow

Last call, startup fans! Tomorrow we kick off the first TechCrunch Startup Battlefield MENA in Beirut, Lebanon. We sifted through more than 400 applications to find the 15 very best early-stage startups the Middle East and North Africa has to offer, and we want you in the audience to witness tech history in the making. As […]

Last call, startup fans! Tomorrow we kick off the first TechCrunch Startup Battlefield MENA in Beirut, Lebanon. We sifted through more than 400 applications to find the 15 very best early-stage startups the Middle East and North Africa has to offer, and we want you in the audience to witness tech history in the making.

As if watching a Startup Battlefield competition isn’t exciting enough, we’ve worked a stellar list of speakers and dynamic workshops into the day-long mix. Interested in investing? Some of MENA’s leading investment firms will be in the house, including Outlierz Ventures, BeryTech Fund and Leap Ventures — to name just a few. See the full list of investment firms here.

If infrastructure and connectivity is more your thing, you’ll enjoy hearing Ogero Telecom’s Imad Kreidieh and Facebook’s Ari Kesisoglu discuss the impact of changes in the region’s telco industry.

You’ll gain perspective when Omar Gabr (Instabug), Nour Al Hassan (Tarjama), Mai Medhat (Eventtus) and Ameer Sherif (Wuzzuf) talk about the massive changes in MENA’s tech landscape over the last decade. And they’ll take a look at what challenges and opportunities lie ahead. Read the complete agenda here.

Now, about the main event. The 15 teams compete in three preliminary rounds — five startups per round. They have six minutes to pitch and present a live demo to our panel of judges — expert technologists and VC investors in their respective fields. An intensive Q&A follows each pitch.

Five teams move into the final round — to pitch a new panel of judges and endure another stress-inducing Q&A. From the five comes one champion. The first TechCrunch Startup Battlefield MENA champion.

To the winning founders go the spoils, including a $25,000 no-equity cash prize and a trip for two to compete in the Startup Battlefield at TechCrunch Disrupt in 2019 (assuming the company still qualifies to compete at the time).

This full, action-packed event offers excitement, enlightenment and a tremendous opportunity to network with the most influential movers and shakers in the Middle East and North Africa.

If you have a ticket, you’re one of the lucky ones as we’re all sold out! Videos of the event will be posted approximately 2-3 business days after the conclusion of the event on techcrunch.com.

Don’t miss out on tickets to TechCrunch Startup Battlefield Africa 2018

Africa’s rapidly growing, always evolving tech scene includes more than 300 tech hubs that connect and mentor entrepreneurs across the continent. It’s an exciting time and place to be an early-stage startup — or an investor. And it’s why we’re stoked to host TechCrunch Startup Battlefield Africa 2018 in Lagos, Nigeria on December 11. Our premier […]

Africa’s rapidly growing, always evolving tech scene includes more than 300 tech hubs that connect and mentor entrepreneurs across the continent. It’s an exciting time and place to be an early-stage startup — or an investor. And it’s why we’re stoked to host TechCrunch Startup Battlefield Africa 2018 in Lagos, Nigeria on December 11.

Our premier startup-pitch competition will highlight up to 15 of the best startups in Africa, and this is your chance to book your spectator ticket to an action-packed day of competition, top-notch speakers and world-class networking.

We have a limited number of tickets available. They cost 3,600 NGN, and they’re on sale here — so get yours before they’re gone.

Startup Battlefield is always thrilling to watch, and it’s certainly the main event of the day. However, we’re also building a roster of exciting speakers to discuss what it takes to succeed in Africa’s startup ecosystem — more on that in a moment.

First, a look at how Startup Battlefield works. We’ll hold three preliminary rounds with up to five startups in each round. Competing teams have just six minutes to pitch and present a live demo to a panel of judges consisting of top tech founders and VCs. Judges get six minutes to question each team thoroughly.

No more than five teams move to the finals for another round of pitches and Q&A. Then the judges will declare one startup to be TechCrunch’s Startup Battlefield Africa 2018 champion — the continent’s best startup. The winning founders receive US$25,000 in no-equity cash, plus a trip for two to compete in Startup Battlefield in San Francisco at TechCrunch Disrupt 2019 (assuming the company still qualifies to compete at the time).

It’s a nerve-wracking thrill ride and so much fun to watch what could very well be the next big thing in tech launch right before your eyes. Then, of course, there’s the speaker programming we mentioned earlier.

We’ll announce even more speakers in the weeks ahead, but we’re excited to hear what these two phenomenal women will share about local investing when they step on our stage:

  • Omobola Johnson, a senior partner at TLcom Capital and the former minister of communication technology for Nigeria. Her 25-year tenure at Accenture — as managing director — informs her expansive knowledge of startup investing.
  • Lexi Novitske, the principal investment officer for Singularity Investments, manages the firm’s Africa portfolio. She’s a proponent of understanding local complexities, modifying Western business attitudes and working with companies to ensure desired results.

The TechCrunch Startup Battlefield Africa 2018 action kicks off in Lagos, Nigeria on December 11. Tickets are limited and when they’re gone, you’re out of luck. Buy your spectator ticket today. We can’t wait to see you in Lagos!

Get your tickets to TechCrunch Startup Battlefield Africa 2018

  We absolutely love the thrill that comes from watching innovative tech startups launch their products to the world. It’s even more exciting when they’re competing head-to-head, and that’s exactly what’s going to happen at TechCrunch Startup Battlefield Africa 2018 on December 11 in Lagos, Nigeria. TechCrunch editors have selected the cream of Sub-Saharan Africa’s crop […]

 

We absolutely love the thrill that comes from watching innovative tech startups launch their products to the world. It’s even more exciting when they’re competing head-to-head, and that’s exactly what’s going to happen at TechCrunch Startup Battlefield Africa 2018 on December 11 in Lagos, Nigeria.

TechCrunch editors have selected the cream of Sub-Saharan Africa’s crop — the very best innovators, makers and technical entrepreneurs — to face off in our premier startup-pitch competition. Want to watch it all go down? Spectator tickets cost ₦ 3600 + VAT, and you can buy your tickets right here.

The tech startup scene across the African continent continues to evolve rapidly. More than 300 tech hubs build, support and connect startups, mentors and innovators, and VC investment in African startups and accelerators doubled between 2015-2017. It’s exciting growth, and we can’t wait to see this new Startup Battlefield cohort take the stage and show the world what they can do.

If you’re unfamiliar with the Startup Battlefield format, here’s what you can expect. Up to five startups compete in one of three preliminary rounds. Each team has only six minutes to pitch and present a live product demo to a panel of expert judges — consisting of entrepreneurs, technologists and VCs. Following each pitch, the judges put each team through an intense six-minute Q&A.

Five startups will move on to the final round, where they will pitch again — this time to a fresh set of judges — and answer any questions the judges throw at them. All the judges will confer and select one competitor to become the Startup Battlefield champion and earn the title of Sub-Saharan Africa’s best startup.

In addition to serious bragging rights, the winning founders receive US$25,000 in no-equity cash, plus a trip for two to compete in Startup Battlefield in San Francisco at TechCrunch Disrupt 2019 (assuming the company still qualifies to compete at the time).

The competition takes place in front of a large, enthusiastic audience (this is where you come in). It’s nerve-wracking for them, thrilling for you. Even better, it’s a great opportunity for networking and meeting other like-minded entrepreneurs, investors and potential collaborators and customers.

Who knows? It might even inspire you to throw your hat in the ring and compete in the next Startup Battlefield. Or you might just find the perfect investment opportunity. You’ll never know if you don’t go.

Startup Battlefield Africa 2018 takes place on December 11 in Lagos, Nigeria. Don’t miss your chance to attend and experience every heart-pounding moment live and in person. Buy your spectator tickets here.

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!