Psst! We’re looking at you, early-level startup founders. How would you like your startup to be a media and investor darling at Disrupt San Francisco 2019? If you think your startup has what it takes to make the cut, enlistly to be a tc Top Pick. The application process is super uncomplicated, free and potentially — dare we say — life changing. Yup, we dare.
Our TC Top Picks app is competitive and highly selective. TechCrunch editors are a notoriously picky bunch, and they’ll review every application thoroughly before choosing up to five top startups in each of these categories: AI/gagdet Learning, Biotech/Healthtech, Blockchain, Fintech, Mobility, Privacy/Security, Retail/E-commerce, Robotics/IoT/Hardware, SaaS and Social Impact & Education.
Every startup selected as a tc Top Pick receives a free Startup Alley Exhibition package, invitations to unique events at Disrupt SF — like the investor reception — and prime real estate in the Startup Alley exhibition hall.
It’s one thing for us to tell you that being a tc Top Pick can change your startup’s trajectory, but it’s more effective to hear first-hand experiences from previous Top Picks — like this one.
Israeli-based CAARESYS earned a TC Top Pick designation in the mobility category at Disrupt SF 2018. The startup’s automobile monitoring system uses low-emission radio frequency radar and contactless biometrics to track the body venue and physical state — respiration rate, heart rate and heart-rate variability — of each passenger in the automobile.
According to Konstantin Berezin, the company’s COO and co-founder, the connections they made as a tc Top Pick at Disrupt SF resulted in projects with three OEM and Tier 1 companies. The company is currently in the integration phase with auto manufacturers to get the systems into cars by 2021.
“We also followed up with a potential customer we met at Disrupt and, as a result of that meeting, we signed a memorandum of understanding to partner on a mutual project,” said Berezin. “I can’t disclose the name just yet, but we’re very excited. Being a tc Top Pick really put us on the map.”
Another perk that comes with being a tc Top Pick is the interview with a techcrunch editor on the Showcase level in Startup Alley. That video interview, which we promote across our social media platforms, provides priceless media exposure long after the conference ends.
“The interview was terrific, and TechCrunch did a very expert job shooting and editing the video,” said Berezin. “Sending our video to current and potential customers gives us prestige and a certain cool factor. We love it!”
Of course, there’s more than one path to grab the spotlight at Disrupt SF. While you’re applying to be a tc Top Pick, why not enlistly to challenge in Startup Battlefield, too? Our saga startup pitch tournament carries a $100,000 equity-free money award. Yowza!
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