Applications for the Startup Battlefield at Disrupt SF are now open. We’re looking for new, yet-to-launch startups to debut on stage in front of top investors and a massive audience. Former judges include Brian Pokorny (SV Angel), Roelof Botha (Sequoia Capital), Beth Seidenberg (Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers), Aileen Lee (Cowboy Ventures) and Jeff Clavier (SoftTech VC).
Though our event is in San Francisco, we encourage startups from across the U.S. and around the world to apply. TechCrunch is not looking for the best startups in our backyard. We’re looking for the best startups, period. The Disrupt SF 2015 winner, Agrilyst, was a Brooklyn-based company. They’ve now raised raised a seed round of $1 million led by Brooklyn Bridge Ventures. The winner in 2014? Alfred, also New York based. They’ve raised a seed and Series A totaling $12.5 million, acquired WunWun Tech and launched Hello Alfred, a single text portal for all your in-home service needs.
Disrupt SF is open to all startups regardless of geography but I’m looking at you NY-based teams to continue our winning streak, so make me proud and apply. Do it here.
Disrupt SF will take place September 12-14 at Pier 48. Selected companies also receive free demo space in Startup Alley, tickets to VIP events, a Battlefield-only reception and, of course, TechCrunch swag. Prior to the event, startups work with TechCrunch editors to hone and polish their pitches.
All verticals are welcome, including (but not limited to) biotech, security, supercomputing, e-commerce, on-demand services, battery technology, mobile consumer, healthcare, bitcoin, hardware and the next big thing in dev tools.
Full details on eligibility can be found here. There are no fees to participate in the Startup Battlefield.
Building a great company encompasses much more than strong launch but, in our humble opinion, it doesn’t hurt to come out of the gate strong, too. Applications are now open through June 23rd at 9pm PT. To apply, head on over to our Startup Battlefield page.