Announcing the TC Early Stage Pitch-Off

Founders – by now you must have heard about TechCrunch Early Stage events on April 1 & 2 and July 8 & 9. The two day founder and entrepreneur bootcamp brings together top experts to teach you how to get ahead and build a successful company. This year on the second day of each event we’re adding a twist – the Early Stage Pitch-Off. TechCrunch is on the hunt to showcase 10 early stage startups to our global audience of investors, press and tech industry leaders. Apply here for the April 2 Early Stage Pitch-Off by February 21st.

It wouldn’t be a TC event without highlighting the best startups in the business. Here’s how it will work. Ten founders will pitch on stage for 5 minutes, followed by a 5 minute Q&A with an esteemed panel of VC judges. The top three will then proceed to the finals, pitching again but this time with a more intensive Q&A and a new panel of judges. The winner will receive a feature article on, one year free subscription to ExtraCrunch and a free Founder Pass to TechCrunch Disrupt this fall.

Nervous to pitch on-stage in front of thousands? Fear not. After completing the application, selected founders will receive several training sessions during a remote mini bootcamp, communication training and personalized pitch-coaching by the Startup Battlefield team. Selected startups will also be announced on in advance of the show. 

What does it take to qualify? TechCrunch is looking for early stage, pre-series A companies with limited press. The Early Stage Pitch-Off is open to companies from around the globe, consumer or enterprise and in any industry – biotech, space, mobility, impact, SaaS, hardware, sustainability and more.

Founders don’t miss your chance to pitch your company on the world’s best tech stage. Apply today!

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