TechCrunch Startup Battlefield is headed to Dubai on its persevering with quest to search out and have the very best early-stage startups world wide.
Slated for April 2018, Startup Battlefield Dubai will function world startups with a deal with three classes: governance, logistics and distribution. Startups from all around the world are invited to use to compete. TechCrunch will host the occasion in Dubai in entrance of a reside viewers and high judges, and we’ll livestream the present on TechCrunch, so the remainder of the world can tune in.
TechCrunch is producing Startup Battlefield Dubai in partnership with Space 2071: The UAE’s new innovation hub set to open in 2018 and centered on fostering innovators aiming to unravel vital human challenges. The winners of every class and the general winner of Startup Battlefield Dubai may also be supplied a spot in Space 2071’s co-creation house supported by an ecosystem of company companions, authorities entities, designers, and legal professionals to assist them scale their ventures. They may also obtain lodging and visa sponsorship.
The general winner of Startup Battlefield Dubai may also win $50,000 USD in no-equity money plus an all-expense paid journey for 2 to San Francisco to take part within the Startup Battlefield at TechCrunch’s flagship occasion, Disrupt SF 2018 (assuming the corporate nonetheless qualifies to take part right now). Apply right here.
The Startup Battlefield has been bringing world-class founders into the highlight since 2007, and up to now decade greater than 700 contestants have gone on to lift over $eight billion in funding and rack up greater than 100 exits. Our neighborhood of Startup Battlefield Alumni embrace corporations like Mint, Dropbox, Yammer, TripIt, Getaround and Cloudflare. TechCrunch doesn’t put money into Startup Battlefield corporations (or any firm, for that matter), but when Startup Battlefield had been a TechCrunch funding portfolio it could rank like a top-10 VC. As a substitute, we inform the founders’ tales, uncovering the subsequent wave of disruptive improvements and let our readers deploy the capital. TechCrunch costs no charges to Startup Battlefield contestants.
Founders that make the lower obtain skilled pitch teaching from Samantha Stein, our Startup Battlefield Editor, and the TC staff. When the Startup Battlefield arrives, you’ll be able to pitch your organization to seasoned traders and founders in six minutes, and reply any questions they throw your approach. When you make it to the finals, you’ll pitch once more within the top-five on your probability to be the primary winner ever of TechCrunch Startup Battlefield Dubai.
Your entire occasion will probably be live-streamed (and later out there on demand), and carried on TechCrunch.com, YouTube, Fb and Twitter.
The right way to apply
Startups should match into considered one of three classes (governance, logistics, distribution) to take part. 5 startups in every class will probably be chosen to affix us on stage for the Startup Battlefield Dubai.
Governance. As populations and their wants develop and evolve, we’re on the lookout for startups centered on constructing the subsequent digital infrastructure for governance. These startups might be engaged on all kinds of matters capable of rework governance from id safety to voting programs.
Product Distribution. As billions of shoppers be a part of the ranks of digital shoppers, we’re on the lookout for startups centered on assembly the subsequent era alternative to achieve these new digital markets by distribution. These startups might be engaged on all kinds or matters that contact the product distribution house from distribution platform improvements to new modes of consumption.
Logistics. Because the velocity of commerce constantly will increase, we’re on the lookout for startups centered on lowering, eliminating, or overcoming friction the place doable to interrupt down boundaries to commerce. These startups might be engaged on all kinds or matters that contact the logistics from provide chain optimization to procurement software program.
Aside from clear relevance to one of many three themes, qualifying startups ought to:
- Be early-stage corporations in “launch” stage
- Be a resident from our eligible nations
- Have a completely working product/beta, moderately near or in manufacturing
- Have obtained restricted press or publicity thus far
- Haven’t any recognized mental property conflicts
What do the winners obtain?
Aside from the publicity that comes from pitching to the worldwide TechCrunch viewers in addition to the reside viewers of distinguished technologists, entrepreneurs, and traders in Dubai, the general winner will obtain $50,000 in no-equity money plus an all-expense paid journey for 2 to San Francisco to compete in Startup Battlefield at TechCrunch’s flagship occasion, Disrupt SF 2018 (assuming the corporate nonetheless qualifies to compete right now). All winners, each the grand prize winner and the three class winners, will obtain provides to affix the Dubai 2071 incubator program.
Are prices to attend Startup Battlefield Dubai lined?
As much as three founders will obtain spherical journey financial system airfare, occasion tickets, and three nights in a lodge in Dubai.
Who picks the startups that can compete?
The TechCrunch editors who run the TechCrunch Startup Battlefield competitors will select the finalists from the applying pool.
Who will choose Startup Battlefield Dubai?
TechCrunch will choose 4 judges for every theme. They are going to be famous entrepreneurs, traders and technologists with expertise related to the class. A TechCrunch editor will reasonable the judging, and solid the tie-breaker poll, if wanted.
What’s the pitch-off format?
Every firm could have six minutes to current. The judges could have six minutes to ask questions. Reside demos are strongly inspired.
What are the judging standards?
One winner will probably be chosen from every class and one total winner. The judges are on the lookout for the corporate most probably to supply an exit or IPO.
When is the applying deadline?
January 18th, 2017 at 9pm PST.
When will you notify the finalists?
February 25th, 2017 at 5pm PST.
Will TechCrunch’s staff assist put together startups for the pitch-off?
Sure, in particular person coaching and rehearsal classes will probably be required, as effectively in-person rehearsal within the days previous the occasion.
What nations are eligible?
It is a world competitors trying to find the very best innovators, makers, and technologists from each nook of the globe. However something on the contrary within the foregoing language, the “Relevant International locations” doesn’t embrace any nation to or on which the USA has embargoed items or imposed focused sanctions (together with, however not restricted to, Sudan).
See you in Dubai!