How to Win $100,000 in Equity-Free Funding at TechCrunch Disrupt – TechCrunch


Most people appreciate a good manual – they’re helpful and can make life a little easier. It’s not a good manual. This one is life changing. Imagine what $100,000 of non-equity funding could do for your startup. This tutorial starts here and ends on stage at TechCrunch disruptswhich takes place in San Francisco from October 18 to 20.

The Starter Battlefield 200

“Please listen to the following instructions as our menu items have changed.” In other words, the process of selecting Startup Battlefield, our legendary pitch competition, is new. Bend over and learn how to apply for your $100,000 shot.

The only way to participate in Startup Battlefield is to first earn a spot in the Start Battlefield 200 – an organized cohort of 200 start-ups. The competition will be fierce. TC editors will review thousands of apps and select 200 startups. These lucky founders will receive full access to Disrupt, exhibit space for all three days, exclusive workshops, training, and other perks.

Additionally, all SB 200 founders can present a flash-pitch in front of TechCrunch investors and publishers. This whole opportunity is 100% free from start to finish. TechCrunch does not charge any application or participation fees and does not require a capital reduction. We have removed pay-for-play. SB 200s are the only early-stage startups allowed to exhibit at Disrupt.

From these 200 companies, TechCrunch editors will choose 20 startups as Startup Battlefield finalists. These founders will be featured on the TechCrunch website, receive private coaching, and present live in front of the entire TechCrunch audience.

We believe this new process enables more outstanding startups to participate in the Startup Battlefield program. They will benefit from invaluable global exposure to investors, media and potential customers. And, if they’re good enough, founders will have a chance to win $100,000 in equity-free funding. Talk about serious bragging rights.

You can apply if you:

  • Managing a start-up in the start-up phase.
  • Have a minimally viable product.
  • Represent any vertical.
  • Represent any geography.
  • Have step-by-step innovation in your vertical.
  • Are seeded or have pre-staged funding (varies by industry).

It’s a huge opportunity and again it will be very competitive. Don’t wait, put this tutorial at the top of your to-do list. Apply here no later than July 31. We will begin rolling out acceptance notices on July 1.

TechCrunch disrupts takes place in San Francisco from October 18-20 with an online day on October 21. If you want to try your luck at the Startup Battlefield title, the $100,000 with no equity – and all the other perks – apply to TechCrunch Startup Battlefield 200 before July 31. Or if you want to be there in person to meet all of the Startup Battlefield 200 companies, you can grab your pass to attend before the prices go up!

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