TechCrunch has announced the 13 contestants competing at Startup Battlefield, taking place at this year’s TechCrunch Disrupt Berlin. An additional wildcard contestant will also be announced later today. The wildcard contestant will be selected by an audience vote and TechCrunch editorial staff from the Startup Alley.
Taking place at Arena Berlin, TechCrunch Disrupt will bring together 3,000 of the industry’s most high-profile thought-leaders, entrepreneurs, innovators, and VCs, as they discuss the industry’s most current topics to represent emerging trends in the business of technology.
Central to TechCrunch Disrupt, Startup Battlefield brings together the world’s top early-stage startups on one stage to compete for the coveted Disrupt Cup, a US$50,000 prize along with the attention of the media and investors. Previous winners of the Startup Battlefield competition include market leaders such as Mint, Yammer, Dropbox and mobile search startup Vurb who Snapchat acquired for $110 million.
The list of Startup Battlefield Berlin participants for 2019 are:
- Arcona AI – a realtime AI composer that can adapt to emotional cues, work from existing music and compose music in multiple styles
- BeBlocky – a gamified learning app that sets out to teach children the basics of computer science in a fun and interactive way.
- Clideo – the platform that makes it super easy to edit all your video files, images and GIFs.
- Genesis Therapeutics – pairing proven drug developers with the industry’s most advanced small molecule discovery platform, to accelerate and optimize the development of new medicines.
- Gmelius – helps collaboration with teams to grow their business together with a help desk, an account management solution and automation tools present right inside Gmail and G Suite.
- Hawa Dawa – transforming data on air pollution into real insights for greener cities & future-oriented companies
- Inovat – a digital solution that offers the best VAT refund experience for travellers, making their journey stress-free
- Nodle Cash – the world’s largest ecosystem of connected devices, providing infrastructure, software and access to data for the Internet of Things
- Nyxo – a science-based mobile sleep coaching service.
- Scaled Robotics – an industry-backed Barcelona-based Robotics startup that is transforming the construction industry.
- Stable – the world’s largest index insurance platform, hosting over 3,000 commodities from over 40 countries
- Teooh – an avatar-based virtual event platform that connects passion, professional and enterprise communities like they are sitting in the same room.
- Wotch – a brand new creator-first video sharing platform.
The list of 2019 Startup Battlefield Berlin judges includes:
- Andrei Brasoveanu, Partner, Accel
- Andrew Reed, Partner, Sequoia Capital
- Bindi Karia, Innovation Expert & Advisor, Connector of People & Business, bindi ventures
- Carolina Brochado, Investment Director, SoftBank Vision Fund
- Evgenia Plotnikova, Partner, Dawn Capital
- Holly Jacobus, Investment Partner, Joyance Partners
- Isabel Fox, Founding Partner, Luminous Ventures
- Jag Singh, Angel investor, & Managing Director, Techstars
- Julia Hawkins, Partner, LocalGlobe
- Kinga Stanislawska, Founder & Managing Partner, Experior Venture Fund
- Lila Preston, Partner & Co-Head, Generation Investment Management
- Louise Dahlborn Samet, Partner, Blossom Capital
- Roxanne Varza, Director, Station F
- Siraj Khaliq, Partner, Atomico
- Sitar Teli, Founder & Managing Partner, Connect Ventures
- Tanja Kufner, Partner, dynamics.vc
- Niall Wass, Partner, Atomico
- Karen Stafford, Regional Director, Intel Capital
Since 2007, 887 Battlefield startups have raised a collective $8.9 billion in funding after launching on stage, with a total of 114 exits. The 2019 Startup Battlefield Berlin winner will be announced at the closing awards ceremony Thursday, December 12 at 16:40 CEST.