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TechCrunch Disrupt San Francisco 2017 Announces Startup Battlefield Competitors

Posted on: 18 Sep 17

TechCrunch today announced 23 participants for the Startup Battlefield at this year's TechCrunch Disrupt San Francisco. Year after year, the conference brings together tech titans, notable thought leaders and successful entrepreneurs to offer unique insights into industry trends and a rare glance into the tech of the tomorrow. With every Disrupt, Silicon Valley is also introduced to up and coming talent through Startup Battlefield, which launches promising, under-the-radar companies to a global audience on industry’s biggest stage.

From Monday, Sept. 18 through Wednesday, Sept 20, Startup Battlefield gathers founders to demo their new, unseen products live on the Disrupt stage in front of a panel of Silicon Valley's finest, including VC’s, notable industry influencers and tried and tested innovators. This year’s Battlefield judges include some of the best and brightest of the startup and venture world, including Anna Fang (ZhenFund), Tripp Jones (August Capital) and Aileen Lee (Cowboy Ventures).

“TechCrunch’s Battlefield is a startup showcase unlike any other, providing incredible startups the opportunity to launch in front of a global audience of investors and founders,” said Ned Desmond, COO of TechCrunch. “We’re excited to announce this year’s group of contestants and we are eager to watch the engage with our world-class judges, Disrupt’s live audience and off-platform viewers across the globe.”

Since 2007, 648 Battlefield startups have raised a collective $6.9 billion in funding after launching on stage, with a total of 95 exits. Notable competitors to have launched on the Battlefield stage include major brands like Mint, Dropbox, Fitbit and Yammer among others. Startup Battlefield produces an instant spotlight for the competitors on stage, like Vurb, a startup that took home the Battlefield’s most prestigious title at Disrupt NY 2014 and, and just 15 months later, Snapchat snapped up the company for $114.5 million.

The Battlefield winner will be announced at the closing awards ceremony Wednesday, Sept. 20 at 5:25 p.m. PT. The winner walk away with a $50,000 prize, the coveted Disrupt Cup and a bright future.

The list of Startup Battlefield participants include:

  • Augmedics
  • Bridgefy
  • Colormass
  • Cryptomove
  • EggXYt
  • Future Family
  • Index
  • Lilu
  • LooxidVR
  • M8
  • Materialize.X
  • Matic
  • Nuada
  • Olfaguard
  • Oneva
  • Ourotech
  • Pi
  • Poshtel
  • Roots Studio
  • Tomorrow

The list of 2016 Startup Battlefield judges include:

  • Niko Bonastos (General Catalyst)
  • Shawn Carolan (Menlo VC)
  • Aparna Chennapragada (Google)
  • Jeff Clavier (Softech VC)
  • Robert Coneybeer (Shasta Ventures)
  • Anna Fang (ZhenFund)
  • Patrick Gallagher (CrunchFund)
  • Theresia Gouw (Aspect Ventures)
  • Kirsten Green (Forerunner Ventures)
  • Arvind Gupta (SOSV)
  • Arlan Hamilton (Backstage Capital)
  • Charles Hudson (Precursor Ventures)
  • Tripp Jones (August Capital)
  • Nina Kjellson (Canaan Partners)
  • Lisa Lambert (The Westly Group)
  • Aileen Lee (Cowboy Ventures)
  • Jenny Lee (GGV Capital)
  • Jenny Lefcourt (Freestyle)
  • Rebecca Lynn (Canvas Ventures)
  • Ravi Mhatre (Lightspeed Ventures)
  • Ann Miura-Ko (Floodgate)
  • Patricia Nakache (Trinity Ventures)
  • Pejman Nozad (Pear Ventures)
  • Sam O'Keefe (Google Cloud)
  • Matthew Panzarino (TechCrunch)
  • Anna Patterson (Gradient Ventures)
  • Nancy Pfund (DBL Partners)
  • Shauntel Poulson (Reach Capital)
  • Dr. Kira Radinsky (eBay)
  • Jon Sakoda (NEA)
  • Krishna Yeshwant (GV)

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About TechCrunch Disrupt SF

TechCrunch Disrupt San Francisco 2017 is TechCrunch's annual conference in San Francisco. The format combines top thought-leader discussions with new product and company launches. Morning executive discussions debate technology-driven disruptions in many industries, while the afternoons are reserved for the Startup Battlefield, where 23 new companies will launch for the first time on stage, selected to present from more than 1,000 applications received from around the world. The winning company will receive a $50,000 grand prize and the Disrupt Cup at the conclusion of the conference. The conference is Sept. 18-20 at Pier 48.

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Last updated on: 18/09/2017

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