TechCrunch will host
The overall winner of Startup Battlefield Europe will also win €25,000 in no-equity cash plus an all-expense paid trip for two to San Francisco to participate in the Startup Battlefield at TechCrunch’s flagship event,
TechCrunch doesn’t invest in Startup Battlefield companies (or any company, for that matter), but if Startup Battlefield were a TechCrunch investment portfolio it would rank like a top-10 VC. Instead, we tell the founders’ stories, uncovering the next wave of disruptive innovations and let our readers deploy the capital. TechCrunch charges no fees to Startup Battlefield contestants to apply or participate.
Founders that make the cut receive expert pitch coaching from
The entire event will be live streamed (and later available on demand), and carried on TechCrunch.com, YouTube, Facebook and Twitter.
How to apply
Qualifying startups should:
- Be early-stage companies in “launch” stage
- Be a resident from our eligible countries
- Have a fully working product/beta, reasonably close to or in production
- Have received limited press or publicity to date
- Have no known intellectual property conflicts
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 in Europe, the overall winner will receive €25,000 in no-equity cash plus an all-expense paid trip for two to San Francisco to compete in Startup Battlefield at TechCrunch’s flagship event,
Who picks the startups that will compete?
The TechCrunch editors who run the TechCrunch Startup Battlefield competition will choose the finalists from the application pool.
Who will judge Startup Battlefield Europe?
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.
What are the judging criteria?
One winner will be chosen from each category and one overall winner. The judges are looking for the company most likely to produce an exit or IPO.
When is the application deadline?
March 15th, 2018 at 9pm PST.
Will TechCrunch’s team help prepare startups for the pitch-off?
Yes, in-person training and rehearsal sessions will be required, as well as in-person rehearsal in the days preceding the event.
Which countries are eligible?
This is a global competition searching for the best innovators, makers and technologists from every corner of the globe. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in the foregoing language, the “Applicable Countries” does not include any country to or on which the United States has embargoed goods or imposed targeted sanctions.
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