TechCrunch Disrupt New York 2017 Announces Startup Battlefield Competitors

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NEW YORK--()--TechCrunch today announced 17 participants will compete in Startup Battlefield at TechCrunch Disrupt New York 2017 . Each year, the conference brings together tech titans, noted thought leaders and experienced entrepreneurs to offer unique insights into industry topics-of-the-moment. At the very heart of TechCrunch Disrupt, Startup Battlefield launches promising, under-the-radar companies to a global audience on tech's biggest stage.

From Monday, May 15 through Wednesday, May 17, Startup Battlefield will gather founders to demo their new, never before seen products in front of a world-class panel of innovators and investors. This year’s Battlefield judges include the best and brightest of the startup and venture world, including Susan Lyne of BBG Ventures, Fritz Lanman of ClassPass, and Karin Klein of Bloomberg Data.

“There are so many great new startups surfacing around the world and this year’s Startup Battlefield in NYC will once again showcase the best of the best,” said Ned Desmond, COO of TechCrunch. “Battlefield provides startups a platform to gain exposure across the entire tech industry including investors, media and fellow entrepreneurs. We’re excited to announce this year’s competitors and we are eager to watch them pitch our judges, TechCrunch Disrupt attendees and viewers around the world online.”

Since appearing on the TechCrunch stage, 648 Battlefield alumni have collectively raised more than $6.9 billion with 95 total exits. Notable competitors that have launched on the Battlefield stage include major brands like Mint, Yammer, Dropbox and Fitbit. The Battlefield winner will be announced at the closing awards ceremony Wednesday, May 17 at 5:30 p.m. ET. The winner walk away with a $50,000 prize and the highly coveted Disrupt Cup.

The list of Startup Battlefield participants include:

  • NuCypher
  • Domuso
  • FactGem
  • HelloAva
  • Riminder
  • Beacon
  • Credit Hero
  • Collider
  • Savitude
  • Nexla
  • Renly
  • Brightlamp
  • Houzeo
  • DefinedCrowd
  • Deep Science AI
  • Loji

The list of 2017 Startup Battlefield judges include:

  • Anu Duggal (Female Founders Fund)
  • Paul Judge (Luma)
  • Eric Hippeau (Lerer Hippeau Ventures)
  • Yossi Vardi (4YFN)
  • Joanne Wilson (Gotham Gal Ventures)
  • Mar Hershenson (Pear Ventures)
  • Sriram Krishnan
  • Spencer Lazar (General Catalyst Partners)
  • Matt Turck (FirstMark Capital)
  • Brian Hirsch (Tribeca Venture Partners)
  • Dr. Krishna Yeshwant (GV)
  • Carine Magescas (AngelPad)
  • Natalia Oberti Noguera (Pipeline Angels & Pitch Makeover)
  • Ed Sim (Boldstart Ventures)
  • Stonly Baptiste (Urban.Us)
  • Tony Florence (NEA)
  • Heather Hartnett (Human Ventures)
  • Karin Klein (Bloomberg Beta)
  • Fritz Lanman (ClassPass)
  • Ellie Wheeler (Greycroft Ventures)
  • Stuart Ellman (RRE Ventures)
  • Annie Lamont (Oak HC/FT)
  • Susan Lyne (BBG Ventures)
  • Deven Parekh (Insight Venture Partners)
  • Matthew Panzarino (TechCrunch)
  • Reshma Saujani (Girls Who Code)

For more information about TechCrunch Disrupt New York 2017 and Startup Battlefield, please visit


About TechCrunch Disrupt

TechCrunch Disrupt is the world’s leading authority in debuting revolutionary startups, introducing game-changing technologies and discussing what’s top of mind for the tech industry’s key innovators. Disrupt gathers the best and brightest entrepreneurs, investors, hackers, and tech fans for on-stage interviews, the Startup Battlefield competition, a 24-hour Hackathon, Startup Alley, Hardware Alley, and After Parties. TechCrunch Disrupt New York will be held May 15-17, 2017 at Pier 36. For more information, visit


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Highwire PR for AOL
Stephanie Burke, 646-838-1190 ex. 48