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
Biotech + Healthtech
Privacy + Security
Robotics + Hardware + IoT
Retail + Ecommerce
Social Impact + 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, Biotech + Healthtech, Fintech, Mobility, Privacy + Security, Robotics + Hardware + IoT, Retail + Ecommerce, Saas, Social Impact + Education
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 three-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 Startup Alley Exhibitor Lounge space
Access to the Disrupt Press List
WHEN WILL FINALISTS BE NOTIFIED?
Finalists will be notified by August 12, 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 SF is July 19, 2019. All applicants will be notified on or before August 12, 2019.
WHY SHOULD I PARTICIPATE IN STARTUP BATTLEFIELD?
Participants in the Startup Battlefield compete for $100K, 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 early-stage companies in “launch” stage
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 SF for founders of your company. If San Francisco 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 $8.8B 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 $100,000 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 or IPO.
WHAT IS THE DEADLINE?
JUNE 6TH, 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?