Begnadigung. Thatâ€™s German for reprieveâ€¦ well, close enough for us. And thatâ€™s what weâ€™re giving all the lollygaggers, procrastinators and last-minute decision-makers. We extended the deadline to apply for Startup Battlefield at Disrupt Berlin 2018Â on November 29-30.Â Yup, you now have until August 27 at 9 p.m. PST to submit your application. But why wait any longer â€”Â apply right here, today.
If youâ€™re an early-stage startup founder with dreams of building a company to rival the likes of Dropbox, Mint or Yammer, then our premier startup pitch competition was designed for you. We should know because the founders of those companies â€” and more than 750 others â€” launched to fame and fortune from the Startup Battlefield stage and have gone on to collectively raise $8 billion dollars and generate 102 exits.
Hereâ€™s what you need to know about competing in Startup Battlefield at Disrupt Berlin 2018.
First, TechCrunch editors, who clearly have a flair for identifying high-potential startups, review every application. Our acceptance rate is typically 3 percent, making this event highly curated and competitive. Weâ€™ll choose up to 15 startups to participate.
Startup Battlefield takes place in front of a live audience â€” thousands of people, including investors, journalists and influential technologists. Each team gets just six minutes to present a live demo to an expert panel of investors and entrepreneurs. Following each pitch, the judges get six minutes to put each team through an intensiveÂ Q& A.
Approximately five teams move to the semi-finals and endure another round of pitching and inquisition. And then only one team will emerge victorious, hoist the Disrupt Cup and take home the $50,000 equity-free cash prize.
If that sounds nerve-wracking, well, it is. But the good news is that TechCrunch editors provide all team founders with free pitch coaching before they ever step onstage. Youâ€™ll be ready to handle anything the judges throw your way.
And win or lose, all Startup Battlefield teams benefit from broad investor and media exposure.Â Plus, we live-stream the entire Startup Battlefield competition to a global audience on TechCrunch.com, YouTube, Facebook and Twitter (and make it available later, on-demand).
This is a prime opportunity to place your early-stage startup in front of Europeâ€™s top tech investors, and youâ€™ll never know if you have what it takes to win it all if you donâ€™t apply.
Source: Techcrunch Disrupt