FAQs for TechCrunch Disrupt Berlin 2019

WHY SHOULD I PARTICIPATE IN TC TOP PICKS?

TC Top Picks is a program at TechCrunch’s flagship Disrupt events that provides five startups in each of 10+ designated categories (found below) with an entirely free exhibition in Startup Alley for the show. But you’ll also get exposure to investors, members of the media, hundreds of attendees, and more.

  • Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning
  • Blockchain
  • Biotech + Healthtech
  • Fintech
  • Mobility
  • Privacy + Security
  • Robotics + Hardware + IoT
  • Retail + Ecommerce
  • CRM + Enterprise
  • Education

WHAT STARTUPS ARE ELIGIBLE?

Qualifying startups should:

  • Be Pre-Series A
  • Have a minimally viable product
  • Fall into one of the following categories: Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain, CRM + Enterprise, Biotech + Healthtech, Ecommerce, Education, Fintech, Mobility, Privacy + Security, Robotics + Hardware + IoT.

DOES IT COST MONEY TO PARTICIPATE?

If your company is selected as a TC Top Pick, you will receive at no cost:

  • One day to exhibit in your designated category in Startup Alley (Exhibit day to be selected in advance by TC Staff)
  • Three Founder Passes to the two-day long show
  • 3 minute interview with the TC team on the Showcase Stage
  • Meet top tier investors and global press
  • Participation in CrunchMatch investor matching at Disrupt events
  • Consideration for the Wild Card Startup Battlefield Spot
  • Access to the Disrupt Press List

WHEN WILL FINALISTS BE NOTIFIED?

Finalists will be notified by October 25, 2019.

WHO SELECTS THE TC TOP PICKS?

TechCrunch’s editors pick top applicants in each category.

CAN I APPLY TO MORE THAN ONE TC TOP PICK CATEGORIES?

Yes, you can pick up to three categories. TechCrunch editors will review the applications to determine which category you're the best fit for.

WHEN IS THE APPLICATION DEADLINE?

The application deadline to apply to TC Top Picks at Disrupt Berlin is September 30, 2019. All applicants will be notified on or before October 25, 2019.

WHY SHOULD I PARTICIPATE IN STARTUP BATTLEFIELD?

Participants in the Startup Battlefield compete for $50K, the Disrupt Cup, and the attention of global investors and press. But the real reason to participate is the exposure and connections you make throughout the event.

In Startup Battlefield, your startup will pitch on-stage in front of judges who represent the top VCs and your company will be announced on TechCrunch as a Startup Battlefield pick during the event.

See the eligibility tab for more information on country eligibility per Startup Battlefield competition.

Qualifying startups should:

  • Be a resident from our eligible countries
  • Have a fully working product/beta or MVP
  • Have received limited press or publicity to date
  • Have no known intellectual property conflicts

What is required when you participate in Startup Battlefield?

The days prior to the event there is a required on-site technical check to ensure your product, demo and team look great on-stage. You also undergo trainings with the TechCrunch Startup Battlefield editorial team.

DOES IT COST MONEY TO PARTICIPATE?

No, TechCrunch does not charge or take equity from Startup Battlefield participants. Each Startup Battlefield company will be provided up to four passes to Disrupt Berlin for founders of your company. If Berlin is not your home city, your company is responsible for getting to/from the conference as well as any required rehearsals.

WHO ARE FORMER STARTUP BATTLEFIELD PARTICIPANTS? WHAT HAPPENS TO STARTUPS AFTER THEY PARTICIPATE IN STARTUP BATTLEFIELD?

We're pretty proud of what our Startup Battlefield alumni have accomplished. In total, they've raised over $8.9B and include standouts like Yammer, Dropbox, Mint, LearnVest, Zenefits, Trello, Fitbit, Betterment, CloudFlare, Postmates and more. Check out all the info at our Startup Battlefield page.

As an alumni of Startup Battlefield, each company will also receive one complimentary ticket to future TechCrunch events like our Summer Party and future Disrupt events.

IS THERE AN INTERVIEW ROUND?

Not really. We occasionally interview startups which we need more information or would like to see a live demo. However, you do not have to have an interview to be selected for Startup Battlefield. So basically, don't worry about it.

WHEN ARE COMPANIES NOTIFIED?

We generally take about one month from the close of submissions to select and notify our participants. If you have any questions please contact startupapplications@techcrunch.com

WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING FOR IN A VIDEO?

The video is required so that we have an opportunity to see your product in action. Do not worry about production quality, camera phones or screen captures are more than enough. The important thing is that you show us some functional hardware or software. We understand that it might have limited features or not be the final prototype but show us anyway. Pro tip, we love it when you can walk us through a use case.

WHAT DO THE WINNERS RECEIVE?

Apart from the exposure that comes from pitching to the global TechCrunch audience, as well as the live audience of distinguished technologists, entrepreneurs and investors, the overall winner will receive a $50,000 no-equity cash prize, and the Disrupt Cup.

WHO SELECTS THE COMPANIES?

The TechCrunch editors who run the TechCrunch Startup Battlefield competition will choose the finalists from the application pool.

WHO WILL JUDGE STARTUP BATTLEFIELD?

TechCrunch will select judges. They will be noted entrepreneurs, investors and technologists with experience relevant to the category. A TechCrunch editor will moderate the judging, and cast the tie-breaker ballot, if needed.

WHAT IS THE PITCH OFF FORMAT?

Each company will have six minutes to present. The judges will have six minutes to ask questions. Live demos are required. If selected for the final round, each company will present the same 6 minute presentation to a new set of judges followed by a Q & A.

WHAT ARE THE JUDGING CRITERIA?

One overall winner will be chosen. The judges are looking for the company most likely to produce an exit (acquisition or IPO) or the largest impact.

WHAT IS THE DEADLINE?

SEPT 2, 2019

WILL THE TECHCRUNCH TEAM HELP PREPARE THE STARTUPS FOR THE PITCH?

Yes, in-person training and rehearsal sessions will be required, as well as in-person rehearsal in the days preceding the event.

WHO CAN SEE THE INFORMATION FROM MY APPLICATION?

For applications associated with Startup Battlefield, Top Picks and Startup Alley programs, the data provided by applicants will be viewed only by The TechCrunch events and editorial teams. The data will be retained unless the applicants request deletion. Requests for deletion should be sent to startupapplications@techcrunch.com. You can view TechCrunch’s terms of service here and privacy policy here.

TechCrunch Disrupt Berlin 2019

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Deadline at October 18 at 12 PM PST

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