TechCrunch is set to hold its first startup battlefield in Dubai later this year hosted by Area 2071, The United Arab Emirate’s new innovation hub dedicated to help develop companies looking to solve big challenges around the world. The application window closes on January 25th, 2018 at 9 p.m. PST. That means you have just 24 hours left to get the job done.
TechCrunch is looking for early-stage startups with products or services in the following three categories: governance, logistics and distribution. TechCrunch editors will select five contenders for each category to compete in the pitch-off.
All 15 startups will receive expert pitch-off coaching from TechCrunch editors, so you’ll be at your best in front of both a live audience and a global one. Yes, the entire competition will live stream around the world on TechCrunch.com; you can watch it later on-demand, too.
Teams from each category will have six minutes to pitch their company to a panel of judges with expertise relevant to that given theme (expect a mix of investors, entrepreneurs and technologists). The judges will then have up to six minutes to grill each team, so be prepared — no softball questions here.
The judges will narrow the field to five startups for a second round of pitching. And that brings us to Startup Battlefield Dubai’s second big difference; we’ve added more ways to win.
The judges will choose one winner from each category and one grand-prize winner — the Startup Battlefield Dubai champion. All four winning teams receive an invitation to participate in Area 2071’s incubator program (including accommodation and visa sponsorship).
The grand-prize winner receives a US$50,000 cash prize (, and a paid trip for two to compete in the Startup Battlefield in San Francisco at Disrupt SF 2019 (if the company still qualifies at the time).
Interested startups should Apply today.