Today, TechCrunch is excited to announce the 20 startups pitching onstage in this year's Startup Battlefield. Selected from the most competitive batch in TC history, selected founders from across the globe will pitch on the virtual stage at TechCrunch Disrupt 2021. Startups will be competing for $100,000 in equity-free prize money and the attention of international press and top investors from around the world.
With just over a 1.5% acceptance rate, the startups in this year's cohort are phenomenal. From lithium battery chemical recycling to smart media, blockchain infrastructure to student-centric educational software, and Sub-Saharan African fintech to cultured-meat production, this batch of companies is sure to wow the investors and the audience. Startups featured range across all verticals, with groundbreaking innovation in agtech, women's genetics and lifestyle-based therapeutics, cybersecurity, lasers, fintech and consumer hardware.
TC aims to pick companies from a range of industries. It's apparent that this next wave of founders are very much focused on building unicorns and also building deeply impactful technologies. A unique highlight of this batch are more companies in both the health tech/medtech space and clean tech/sustainability space.
Each founder has trained with the Startup Battlefield team to develop their pitch, craft their stories, polish their launch strategy, strengthen their go-to-market and create amazing live product demos so you can see the innovation firsthand. Each team will have six minutes to pitch, followed by a six-minute Q&A with our esteemed panel of judges -- all experts in VC and successful companies. On Thursday, a select few startups will pitch in the Startup Battlefield Final Round -- with a new panel of expert judges.
Startup Battlefield starts on Tuesday, September 21st at 10:45 a.m. Pacific Time, with Startup Battlefield moderator and TechCrunch Managing Editor Matt Burns. To watch the pitches, join us at TechCrunch Disrupt 2021 here. Videos of the pitches will be made available after the event as well.
Let's check out the companies:
Session 1: 10:45 a.m. - 11:50 a.m. PT
Session 2: 12:55 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. PT
Session 3: 9:45 a.m. - 10:50 a.m. PT
Session 3: 12:00 p.m. - 1:05 p.m. PT
Finals begin at 10:35 a.m. PT. Companies will be announced online Wednesday night.
*As a part of Startup Alley, companies are eligible for the Wild Card. These are the companies selected for Wild Card and can compete in Startup Battlefield. They are selected shortly before the event.