TechCrunch’s disruptive entrepreneurship competition

TechCrunch will be giving away $50,000 on Wednesday to the last team standing after 3 days of competition at its Startup Battlefield.

The Startup Battlefield is a central feature of the TechCrunch Disrupt conference that began today in New York City. Lora Kolodny wrote about this new competition today on

TechCrunch wants its startup competition to be different from others.

One way to do this: Accept applications only from startups that have been live for less than three months, and give preference to those startups that will be “coming out” to the public for the first time at TechCrunch Disrupt. Clearly, they want startups capable of making a splash.

Another way: Run the competition using a tournament format. There will be a preliminary round with 22 teams, a second round with eight of those teams, and a final four from which the winner will be selected.

In the NYT story, TechCrunch founder Michael Arrington likens the Startup Battlefield to the NCAA basketball tournament. But it’s probably more like an Olympic boxing competition. Presumably, you have never heard of these competitors and so you will have to pick your favorite quickly, and it will all be over within a short period. You may even develop a beef with the judges.

We’ll be viewing the competition on the live stream provided by TechCrunch and reporting on it over the next three days.

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