TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2018 Announces Startup Battlefield Competitors

Leading Technology Innovators and Investors Set to Judge World’s Top Technology and Startup Event

SAN FRANCISCO--()--TechCrunch, the leading technology media property dedicated to obsessively profiling startups, reviewing new Internet products, and breaking tech news, today announced 21 participants will compete in Startup Battlefield at TechCrunch Disrupt San Francisco 2018, the biggest Disrupt event yet. Each year, the event 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 from all over the world to a global audience on tech's biggest stage. TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2018 will be held at Moscone West in San Francisco on September 5-7 and will stream live on

Starting on Wednesday September 5 and continuing throughout the week, 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 Startup Battlefield judges include the top and brightest of the venture world. The competition has become 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.

We have so many great new startups surfacing around the world and this year’s Startup Battlefield once again will showcase the best of the best,” said Samantha Stein, Startup Battlefield Editor for TechCrunch. “Startup Battlefield has always provided startups a platform to gain recognition across the entire tech industry and this year with our international expansion we are expecting the caliber to be even higher. We’re looking forward to announcing this year’s competitors and we are eager to watch them pitch our judges, TechCrunch Disrupt attendees and viewers around the world who tune in to the livestream.”

Since appearing on the TechCrunch stage, more than 700 Startup Battlefield alumni have collectively raised more than $8 billion in funding and more than 100 have achieved exits. Notable competitors that have launched on the Startup Battlefield stage include major brands like Mint, Yammer, Dropbox, and Fitbit. The new Startup Battlefield winner will be announced at the closing awards ceremony Friday, September 7 at 4:15 p.m. PT. The winner will walk away with a $100,000 prize and the highly coveted Disrupt Cup.

The list of Startup Battlefield participants include:

  • Binary Bubbles/PopBase
  • Carma
  • CB Therapeutics
  • Crossing Minds
  • D-ID
  • Elevian
  • Fibre
  • Forethought
  • Kegg
  • Kinta
  • KidSense
  • Lori
  • McCarthy
  • Mira
  • Nutrigene
  • Origami Labs
  • PoLTE
  • Stealthy Labs
  • Unbound
  • Wingly
  • Vtrus

The list of 2018 Startup Battlefield judges include:

  • Aaron Patzer, Vital Software
  • Aileen Lee, Cowboy Ventures
  • Catherine Ulrich, FirstMark Capital
  • Cyan Bannister, Founders Fund
  • Ellie Wheeler, Greycroft
  • Hans Tung, GGV
  • JD Vance, Revolution, LLC
  • Jeff Clavier, UnCork Capital
  • Jeremy Liew, Lightspeed Venture Partners
  • Jim Adler, Toyota AI Ventures
  • John Borthwick, Betaworks
  • Julie Grant, Canaan Partners
  • Kirsten Green, Forerunner Ventures
  • Lo Toney, Plexo Capital
  • Matthew Panzarino, TechCrunch
  • Megan Quinn, Spark
  • Rebecca Kaden, Union Square Ventures
  • Roelof Botha, Sequoia Capital
  • Samantha O'Keefe, Google Cloud
  • Sarah Cannon, Index Ventures
  • Sarah Guo, Greylock
  • Shauntel (Poulson) Garvey, Reach Capital
  • Susan Lyne, BBG Ventures

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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 virtual Hackathon, hundreds of startups in Startup Alley, Workshops, and legendary networking at After Parties. The biggest TechCrunch Disrupt SF event ever will be held September 5-7, 2018 at Moscone Center. For more information, visit


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