TechCrunch Startup Battlefield is expanding. The tech ecosystem has grown exponentially in size and possibility since the early days of Startup Battlefield and it’s time that we grow along with it. That’s why we’re proud to announce TechCrunch Startup Battlefield 200, a new era of our exciting startup community competition.
This October, TechCrunch will host a curated cohort of 200 startups at TC Disrupt 2022. The competition will be fierce. If selected out of the thousands of applications, startups will receive full access to the show, exclusive workshops, training, perks and free exhibition space on the show floor for all three days. All selected founders will get the opportunity to flash-pitch in front of investors and TechCrunch Editors.
Out of the Startup Battlefield 200, 20 companies will be selected as Startup Battlefield Finalists.
As always, the finalists will pitch on the Disrupt main stage in front of the entire TC audience, receive private pitch coaching and be featured on TechCrunch. The winner snags the $100,000 prize and all the glory.
We want to be clear about a couple of things that set Startup Battlefield apart from the, well, field.
As always, TechCrunch does not require any equity from any contestants or the winner.
Since the first TC50, the Startup Battlefield program selected cohorts of about 20 startups for each event. The selected companies have received special training, free exhibition space and the chance to pitch on the main stage at Disrupt for the $100,000 prize.
Because of the format, it was an impossibly difficult task to winnow down, and we have passed on some incredibly exciting and very investable companies that we would have loved to included. This new program lets more startups participate in the Startup Battlefield program and still receive the benefits.
Yes, this means that if you are selected as a part of the Startup Battlefield 200, you will not have to pay to exhibit on the show floor at Disrupt.
This feels more intense, more organic and more fair, all things that we associate with TechCrunch Startup Battlefield and, ideally, with the startup life. No more pay to play for individual founders.