Apply now to be a TC Top Pick at Disrupt Berlin 2018

Disrupt Berlin 2018, which takes place November 29-30, practically oozes with opportunity. And there’s no better way to take advantage of all that opportunity than to exhibit your early-stage startup in Startup Alley. It’s where hundreds of Europe’s most innovative pre-Series A companies showcase to the world their tech products, platforms and services.

Oh, wait, there is a better way. You can apply to be a TechCrunch Top Pick. If you earn that rarified designation, you score a FREE Startup Alley Exhibitor Package. That lets you place your company in front of thousands of influential technologists, investors and potential collaborators and customers. Yup, free is always better. The application window closes on September 28. Don’t miss out — apply here today.

Our TechCrunch editors are mighty particular about choosing Top Picks. We’re looking for founders of exceptional startups, and we’ll vet each application carefully. This year, we’ll choose up to five startups to represent each of the following tech categories:

  • AI/Machine Learning
  • Blockchain
  • CRM/Enterprise
  • E-commerce
  • Education
  • Fintech
  • Healthtech/Biotech
  • Hardware, Robotics, IoT
  • Mobility
  • Gaming

Each TechCrunch Top Pick designee wins one Startup Alley Exhibitor Package, which includes a one-day exhibit space, three Disrupt Berlin Founder Passes, access to CrunchMatch (our free investor-to-startup matching platform), full use of the Startup Alley Exhibitor lounge, access to the Disrupt press list and a chance to be selected as one of the Startup Battlefield Wildcard Companies (and compete in our $50,000 startup-pitch competition).

You’ll also receive serious media attention, including a three-minute interview on the Showcase Stage with a TechCrunch editor, which we promote across our social media platforms. That kind of media exposure is the gift that keeps on giving — long after the conference ends.

Luke Heron, the CEO of, came to this conclusion about his experience in Startup Alley at Disrupt Berlin 2017. “If you’re a startup founder or an entrepreneur, exhibiting at Disrupt is a no-brainer.”

Now, imagine being able to exhibit there for free. Disrupt Berlin 2018 takes place November 29-30, and your deadline to apply to be a TC Top Pick is September 28. Come on — we can’t wait to see you in Berlin!

Disrupt Berlin 2-for-1 Innovator passes available today only

Did you miss out on our 2-for-1 Innovator passes to TechCrunch Disrupt Berlin 2018 on November 29-30? If so, you’ve caught a lucky break, because we’re bringing it back for a flash sale. You have until June 28 at midnight CET time — exactly 24 hours — to score two Innovator passes for the price of one: €695 + VAT. Buy them here and buy them quickly, because they’ll be gone in a, well, flash.

Don’t miss your opportunity to experience a Disrupt event in Berlin, an international hub and home to Europe’s most vibrant startup scenes. You’ll experience two programming-packed days that include world-class speakers ranging from titans of the tech and the venture capital industries to some of tech’s most promising rising stars.

Take in Startup Battlefield — the leading startup pitch competition — to see which of Europe’s best early-stage startups will reign supreme and take home the $50,000 prize.

Explore the very latest tech products, platforms and talent on display in Startup Alley, our exhibition floor and home to more than 400 early-stage startups. You won’t find a better place to network, find a new job, meet collaborators or maybe even catch the eye of an investor.

Last year at Disrupt Berlin 2017, Luke Heron, CEO of, had two main goals in attending Disrupt: networking and finding investors. The company exhibited in Startup Alley and used CrunchMatch, our free business-matchmaking platform, to set up seven investor meetings. All told, he walked away a happy CEO.

“I’m a serial proselytizer when it comes to TechCrunch events. If you’re a startup or an entrepreneur, attending Disrupt is a no-brainer,” said Heron.

Innovator pass holders can use the Disrupt Mobile App to connect with attendees, including media outlets, and you get access to the full media list. You also get to attend our TC After Party for cocktails and networking in a much more relaxed setting. After the conference, you’ll receive access to our library of exclusive event video content.

Disrupt Berlin takes place on November 29-30 at Arena Berlin. You have 24 hours to take advantage of this flash sale. Get a move on and buy your 2-4-1 Innovator passes for €695 before the sale ends.

Snag your super early-bird passes for Disrupt Berlin 2018

Der frühe vogel fängt den wurm! Yikes, if we’re trotting out our tortured German to say “the early bird catches the worm,” it can mean only one thing, folks. It’s time for all you European startup fans to go catch super early-bird tickets to TechCrunch Disrupt Berlin 2018 on November 29-30.

Our pricing tiers start at €595 + VAT. The value is real, and your time is limited, so go buy your conference passes today.

Berlin’s the perfect city for a Disrupt event. It’s both affordable and an international hub — factors that have contributed to a vibrant and growing tech startup scene. Our Berlin Disrupt events have drawn participants from more than 50 countries across Europe, Asia and beyond. There’s no better place to introduce your pre-Series A startup to the international startup community.

But not everyone who goes to Disrupt events goes to launch a business. Whether you’re a marketer, job seeker, founder or investor, you’ll find opportunity waiting for you in these two program-packed days.

Take in Startup Battlefield, our premier startup pitch competition, to see which early-stage startup will reign supreme and take home the $50,000 grand prize.

Spend time exploring and networking your way through Startup Alley. You’ll find hundreds of early-stage startups showcasing their best tech, products and platforms. It’s prime hunting ground for potential connections, clients and customers.

If you’re a founder or an investor, be sure to take advantage of CrunchMatch. That’s our free, business match-making service that simplifies networking. It efficiently connects founders and investors with similar business interests and profiles. At Disrupt Berlin 2017, CrunchMatch generated a total of 888 meetings — and 97 percent of participants said they’d use the service again.

That’s just a small sampling of what you can expect at Disrupt Berlin, and this is your opportunity to experience it at a great price. Disrupt Berlin 2018 takes place on November 29-30, 2018 at the Arena Berlin. Check out our super early-bird pricing tiers, and buy your passes today. We can’t wait to see you in Berlin, ja voll!

Get your Disrupt Berlin 2-for-1 Innovator passes now before they’re gone

Hey startup aficionados, do you want to experience all the excitement, innovation and opportunity that TechCrunch Disrupt Berlin 2018 has to offer? Of course, you do. The only question is, will you act quickly enough to get there for the best possible price? We just released a very limited number of Innovator passes at an outstanding value: two passes for just €695 + VAT. These passes won’t last long, so buy your 2-4-1 passes before they’re gone.

Innovator passes provide access to everything that makes a Disrupt event awesome. World-class speakers — titans and rising stars of tech — will hold forth from three different platforms: the Main Stage, the Next Stage and the Q&A Stage. We’re still finalizing our list of speakers, so if there’s someone you’d love to hear speak, let us know on the speaker nomination page.

Innovator pass holders can use the Disrupt Mobile App to connect with attendees, including media outlets (yup, you get access to the full media list). Attend workshops, meet potential partners and collaborators as you network your way through Startup Alley, and then go hang out and relax at the TC After Party. Don’t stress if you miss an event; after the conference, you’ll receive access to our library of exclusive event video content.

Take in the thrill of Startup Battlefield or heck, why not take part in the competition? You have to apply if you want to compete, so sign up for our newsletter, and we’ll let you know when applications open. Who knows, your early-stage startup might even win the whole shooting match. Bet that $50,000 prize could provide a much-needed boost to your bottom line.

Disrupt Berlin takes place on November 29-30 at Arena Berlin. A limited quantity of two Innovator passes for €695 + VAT are available right now. Buy ‘em right now before this deal disappears.

Sign up: 2-4-1 Innovator passes for Disrupt Berlin available Wednesday

We love Berlin. It’s the epicenter of Europe’s vibrant startup scene, and we can’t wait to see what the continent’s tech titans and rising stars will bring to Disrupt Berlin 2018 on November 29-30. These two action-packed days offer tremendous value at full freight but, on this Wednesday, May 30 at 12pm CEST / 6am EDT we’re offering a limited number of two Innovator passes for just €695. Simply sign up for our newsletter and we’ll notify you when to jump online and grab some for you and a friend.

Budget-minded startup fans take heed — this limited-time offer won’t stick around forever. Just imagine how much better you’ll feel knowing you got the best deal possible. And let’s face it, if you want to showcase your company, products and ideas in front of the international tech startup community, Disrupt Berlin 2018 is the place to do it.

Consider this: At Disrupt Berlin 2017, we hosted 2,600 attendees — including technologists, investors, entrepreneurs and media outlets. And those attendees made a bee-line to explore Startup Alley, where 416 pre-Series A companies exhibited the very best up-and-coming tech and talent.

Don’t forget about Startup Battlefield, our premier startup pitch competition. A curated group of tech’s top early-stage startups will compete for the $50,000 (or about €42,600) grand prize, the coveted Disrupt Cup and intense media and investor interest. Just ask the folks at Lia Diagnostics, the winner of last year’s Startup Battlefield at Disrupt Berlin.

Disrupt Berlin offers so much more, including workshops, world-class networking opportunities and after-parties. Your Innovator pass provides access to all that, along with: speakers on The Main Stage, The Next Stage and The Q&A Stage, full use of the Disrupt attendee list, use of the Disrupt Mobile App to contact conference attendees and, after the conference, access to the Disrupt Berlin event video library.

It’s time to place buying Disrupt Berlin tickets at the top of your priority list. Our two-for-one Innovator pass promotion goes live in just 48 hours with a limited number of passes, and it won’t last long. Sign up today.

Our sponsors help make Disrupt happen. If you are interested in learning more about sponsorship opportunities, please contact our sponsorship team here.

Sign up for Startup Alley in Tel Aviv

Hey startups! TechCrunch Tel Aviv 2018 is just about 6 weeks away, and we’re coming back to the Mediterranean for our inaugural day-long conference at the Tel Aviv Convention Center on 7 June. The agenda is now released and this year’s event will be bigger and better than ever. The conference is focused on mobility, and we’ll also have an expanded expo area called Startup Alley, where hundreds of rock-star startups from ALL verticals demo their products to attendees.

Why should you join Startup Alley? TechCrunch events are the ideal place to show off your company to prospective customers, gain media attention, meet investors and take your startup to the next level. If you’re a pre-Series A early-stage startup, we want to see you on our showcase floor.

For 1,700 ILS, you’ll get one full day to exhibit, two tickets to TechCrunch Tel Aviv 2018, a demo table, Wi-Fi, power, linens and a branded table-top sign. Ready to join us? You can secure your exhibit spot here.

Buy yours before we run out — space is limited; feel free to email [email protected] if you have any questions. The TechCrunch Team can’t wait to make our way to Israel and meet you in June!

First Sponsor Challenges Announced for the TC Hackathon at VivaTech

We’re busy searching all of Europe for the very best and brightest developers, hackers, tech builders and marketers. Why? Because we want you to come and compete in the TechCrunch Hackathon at VivaTech, of course! The Hackathon takes place at the Expo Porte de Versailles in Paris on May 25-26 and, if you act quickly enough, you can get your free tickets today. Alors, dépêche-toi!

Hundreds of supremely talented individuals will gather, form ad-hoc teams and combine their skills to hack, code and program their way to a new product like Quick Insurance, for example, the grand-prize winner of Disrupt Berlin Hackathon 2017. Or maybe something completely unlike it. That’s the awesome thing about the Hackathon. You just never know what might happen.

You get a mere 24 hours to conceive, design and build your tech creation and submit via BeMyApp, the official Hackathon platform. Then each team gets just 60 seconds to present their product to a panel of Hackathon judges — who award each team a ranking from 1-5. It’s arduous work at a feverish, frantic pace. And it’s glorious, semi-chaotic fun.

The grand-prize winner walks away with €5,000 and serious bragging rights. Plus, every team that earns a three or higher scores five tickets to VivaTech 2019 and two Innovator tickets to TechCrunch Disrupt Berlin in November.

But hey, it’s not a proper Hackathon without contests and prizes from our sponsors and this, you can be sure, is a proper Hackathon. We’ve got the scoop on our first sponsor challenge from leboncoin:


Almost everyone in France knows leboncoin. 98 million exchanges per year, leboncoin is the first classifieds site in France, in real estate, jobs, vehicles and other categories, with 1 million new ads every day. leboncoin is challenging our hackers to develop a marketplace of the future that emphasizes and improves on the relationship between the buyer and the seller. Feel free to use innovative technologies like augmented reality, IoT, and artificial intelligence – the hacker with the most creative product will get €5000.


There’s only one criterion to participate in this Hackathon: you must be a resident of one of these European countries. Tickets are free, but the supply is limited. If you want the chance to show us your mad skills, come to the TechCrunch Hackathon at Vivatech. Get your free tickets right here.

Sign up for free hack tickets to TC Hackathon at VivaTech today

Are you a developer, marketer, or designer living in Europe? Do you have an idea for an app or a hardware product that’s been tickling your brain trying to escape into the real world? Then you need to get yourself and your ideas down to the Expo Porte de Versailles in Paris on May 25-26. Why? To compete in the TechCrunch Hackathon at VivaTech, mais bien sûr! Get your free ticket to hack today!

There you’ll connect with hundreds of other like-minded developers, hackers, tech builders and makers to form ad-hoc teams and use BeMyApp, the official Hackathon platform, to produce something amazing.

Here’s the best part: you’ll do all this in less than 24 candy-, caffeine-, and energy-drink-fueled hours. And right when you think you can’t possibly stay awake another second, it’s time to step on stage and deliver your creation in a 60-second, rapid-fire presentation to the Hackathon judges.

It’s grueling, it’s exhausting, it’s fun. Not only do you get a chance to display your own Ninja-like hacker chops, you’ll be surrounded by other devs at the top of their game. The opportunity to share ideas, learn new skills and network is invaluable. C’est magnifique!

So, other than bragging rights and a desire for a three-day nap, what do you get for all your hard work?  The overall Hackathon winner takes home €5,000. And each team that scores a three or higher from the judges will receive five tickets to VivaTech 2019 and two Innovator tickets to TechCrunch Disrupt Berlin in November.

And of course, it’s just not a Hackathon without top-quality swag, cash prizes and other nifty goodies from our sponsors. We’ll have more details on the contests and prizes coming soon.

The only qualification for participating in TechCrunch Hackathon at VivaTech is that you must be a resident of one of these European countries. And — get this — tickets are absolutely free. There’s a limited supply, however, and once they’re gone that’s it. Quelle horreur!

So, don’t miss out. Come to TechCrunch Hackathon at VivaTech and strut your stuff. We can’t wait to see you bring your ideas to life in Paris. Get your free tickets right here.

Black Friday sale – Disrupt Berlin tickets are buy-one-get-one free for one day only

 We here at TechCrunch love a good holiday sale as much as the next person — maybe even more. So, we’re jumping on the Black Friday bandwagon to offer an outstanding deal on Disrupt Berlin tickets. Today only, we’re going BOGO on Berlin. Yup, buy one general admission ticket to Disrupt Berlin today, and you’ll get a second general admission ticket for free. Read More