Startup Battlefield features 15-30 top early stage startups pitching top judges in front of a vast live audience, present in person and online. The winner takes away the Disrupt Cup and check for $50,000, and all the contestants enjoy immense press, investor and partner attention, along with membership in the elite ranks of Battlefield alums.

TechCrunch stages the Battlefield four times a year, once at each of our three Disrupt conferences, — in New York City, San Francisco, and London — and also at a special Hardware Battlefield at CES in Las Vegas. Applications to each Battlefield open three months before the actual event. To be eligible, startups must be launching to the public for the first time and have little to no prior press exposure. Selection is highly competitive; the acceptance rate ranges from 3 to 6% per event.

It’s important to note that TechCrunch takes no fees or equity from the startups. Applying and participating in the Battlefield is 100% free.

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