For founders and investors, there is no platform like TechCrunch Disrupt. Just as the industry is constantly evolving and changing – especially in recent months – we’re doing the same to keep Disrupt’s first-time founders, savvy investors, visionaries and everything in between.
It’s time to disrupt TechCrunch Disrupt
This year, we reimagined and refreshed Disrupt to deliver the essential tools, knowledge, and connections that will help ignite ideas and accelerate the next generation of startups. For three days in September, founders, investors and industry experts will gather in San Francisco to discuss the latest developments in six industry tracks, digging deep into what experts have learned in Builders Stage, and see the world’s next biggest companies take on the Startup Battlefield. 200 — plus take advantage of all the networking and connection opportunities in workshops, after-hours events, and the TechCrunch+ Lounge.
Startups start here, which is why we’re aligning Disrupt 2023 to showcase the game-changing ideas, technologies and industries that are shaping the future of the tech community.
Six new stages for six breakthrough sectors
We’ve heard loud and clear that you want more Disrupt, so this year, we’re packing the entire Disrupt ecosystem into the main event! Our popular, stand-alone TC Sessions are coming to the mothership for the first time: In addition to the Disrupt Stage, we’ll fill six stages with salon-like programs focusing on the industries most important to tech world today. .
Guided by industry leaders with deep subject matter expertise, these tracks have been selected and curated by TechCrunch’s own staff as the most important topics for founders today. Each industry episode will also feature partner sessions, where TechCrunch partners take the spotlight to share their POV on their sector directly with an audience of their peers.
🤖 AI Internship: Covers the latest artificial intelligence tech related to NLG, speech recognition, virtual agents, biometrics, RPA, deep learning platforms, reactive machines, and P2P networks. Sessions will include DeepMind and Benchmark.
🌿 Stage of Continuity: Addresses social and environmental solutions such as urban mobility, sustainable technology, green infrastructure, and new movements. Sessions will include Breakthrough Energy Ventures, S2G, and the City of Atlanta.
🧑💻 SaaS Phase: Considers how software-as-a-service unlocks creativity and efficiency in mobile apps, cloud-based resources, collaboration tools, creator communities, developer tools, e-commerce, low code, recurring income and marketing tools. Sessions will include GitHub, Cloudflare, and Atlassian.
🏦 Fintech stage: Digging into the evolution of currency exchanges across DeFi, challenger banks, blockchain, NFT and web3. Sessions will include Plaid, Andreessen Horowitz, and Starling Bank.
🔐 Security Phase: White hat is worn to share best practices for data protection, privacy regulations, information sharing, risk management. Sessions will include Google and Citizen Lab.
🖥️ Hardware Stage: Uncovers the mechanics and code that power our smart world, with topics such as articulated robots, autonomous mobile robots (AMRs), commercial hardware, humanoids, IoT hardware, and interstellar technologies. Sessions will include Alphabet and Magic Leap.
Disturbing 2023 isn’t just a conference, though. It is also a platform for making connections. For founders and investors interested in the same category, these sessions are an opportunity to cross-pollinate. Taking a session will provide an in-depth look that may inspire you to update your thesis…or even find that great, unknown opportunity.
Hands-on learning at the Builders Stage
As the original startup conference, we’re incredibly proud of how Disrupt has helped generations of founders build their businesses. That’s why we’re bringing back the TechCrunch+ Stage under a new name: The Builders Stage.
With several panels and interviews with experts, the Builders Stage will cover the nuts and bolts of running a startup, from operations and hiring to fundraising, scaling, and more. It’s designed with a founder-first mindset, whether they’re looking for their next round of funding, getting insights for new tech businesses, or building relationships that help them scale faster. level up as traders. It’s like an MBA in one day – or three, to be exact.
While there’s more to come from the Builders Stage, we’ve announced the must-see agenda for Disrupt 2023:
- How to Build a New Public Venture Firm (Supply Change Capital, RareBreed Ventures, and Banana Capital)
- When to Follow the Hype and When to Ignore It? (Trust Fund and Cleo Capital)
- How Founders Can Leverage a Successful Job Market with a Competitive Edge (Hunt Club and speakers to be announced)
- How to Build a Fair Cap Table (Coalition Operators, Cowboy Ventures, and Finix)
- How to Grow Your Venture Dollars (Afore Capital, Google Ventures, and NEA)
- How Founders with Non-Traditional Backgrounds Can Use Their Experience to Exceed (Promise, Career Karma, and Zūm)
- When Should Founders Provide Early Liquidity to Retain Staff? (Switchboard, Notice, and Beacon Capital)
- How to Build a Capital-Intensive Startup in a Tough Venture Market (Hadrian and Homebound)
- How Founders Should Approach the TAM Question When Venture Capital Is Scarce (Reach Capital, Phenomenal Ventures, and Cake Ventures)
- How to Build Smart Startup Ops That Can Scale Your Business (Airbnb and Instacart)
- Why Bootstrapping Won’t Be a Buzzword in 2023 (Unorthodox Ventures and Arta Finance)
Discover the next unicorn at the Startup Battlefield 200
Every year, thousands of early-stage startups compete to make the cut for the Startup Battlefield 200. Only the top 200 win a coveted spot on the show floor in San Francisco, plus the attention of media and investors looking for the next big disruptor. .
The TechCrunch editorial team carefully analyzes each applicant in the Startup Battlefield – looking at the team, the positioning, the problem solution set and the total addressable market, among other factors – to determine who will make it to the final 200, but it doesn’t end there. Out of 200, the 20 best of the best will compete for TechCrunch’s $100,000 free prize, as judged by TechCrunch editors and top VCs and entrepreneurs.
Startup Battlefield 200 is an unparalleled opportunity not only for founders ready for their big break, but also for investors eager to fund early-stage startups with TechCrunch’s seal of approval. approval. Startup Battlefield alumni include more than 900 companies – such as Vurb, Dropbox, Mint, Yammer, and more – with over 121 successful exits (IPOs or acquisitions) and a whopping $9.7 billion raised in the fund.
And here’s the best part: It’s not too late to join the Startup Battlefield! We are accepting applications from early stage startups until May 15th at 11:59 pm PDT. Builders, do you have what it takes? Apply now!
Support the startup community as a Disrupt partner
If you want to reach the world’s most ambitious founders, investors, and technologists, there’s no better place than TechCrunch Disrupt.
This is no ordinary tech conference: The core Disrupt audience consists of the most influential corner of the startup community, from visionaries and prominent funders to cutting-edge innovators in the Fortune Global 500. More than 10,000 people from all over tech ecosystem attended Disrupt, and 75% of attendees worked at the director level or above.
Every year, Disrupt’s devoted audience returns not only to network and stay ahead of the curve on the next generation of startups, but also to learn from the brightest minds in technology as they step up to the plate. stage to share their knowledge.
The same goes for Disrupt partnerships: When our partners run industry-sponsored sessions, breakouts, roundtables, floor activations, exhibit booths, or parties (just to name a few some opportunities!), they use TechCrunch’s driven editorial program to get their vision in front of an audience where they care.
CTA: Want to reach the biggest funders, promoters and Disruptors? Contact TechCrunch about Disrupt partnership opportunities today.