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Last few hours to apply: TC Top Picks @ Disrupt Berlin 2019

This is it, startup founders. Today, October 18, is the last day and your final opportunity to be chosen as a TC Top Pick, to score a free Startup Alley Exhibitor Package and to shine a bright spotlight on your company at Disrupt Berlin 2019 on 11-12 December.

You have only a few hours left to beat today’s 12 p.m. (PT) deadline. It’s quick, it’s painless and it’s free. What are you waiting for? Apply to be a TC Top Pick while you still can.

Every early-stage startup needs exposure to survive and thrive. Exposure to potential customers, to accredited media and to investors with the backing to make dreams come true. Our TC Top Picks provides exposure to possibility.

If your startup falls into one of the categories listed below, we want you. TechCrunch editors will vet the applications and choose up to five startups that represent the best of each category: AI/Machine Learning, Biotech/Healthtech, Blockchain, Fintech, Mobility, Privacy/Security, Retail/E-commerce, Robotics/IoT/Hardware, CRM/Enterprise and Education.

If you earn a TC Top Pick designation, you receive a free Startup Alley Exhibitor Package and a VIP experience. Your package includes one full day exhibiting in Startup Alley (the Disrupt expo floor), three Founder passes, press lists and invitations to networking parties, to name just a few perks.

Our Top Picks cohort generates a lot of curiosity, and Disrupt attendees flock to Startup Alley to meet and greet. It’s networking nirvana, where you can connect with potential customers, investors, mentors, collaborators — think infinite opportunity.

And yet another great opportunity awaits. TechCrunch editors interview each Top Pick startup live on the Showcase Stage. While we promote the interview video across our social media platforms, you can use it to drive traffic to your website and as a long-term marketing tool for pitching investors and customers.

And then there’s the Wild Card. TechCrunch editors will pick one early-stage startup exhibiting in the Alley to be the Wild Card, and that startup will compete in Startup Battlefield, our epic pitch competition. It’s a chance to win even more investor and media love along with the $50,000 prize. Last year, Legacy earned the Wild Card slot, and then went on to win the Startup Battlefield competition.

Disrupt Berlin 2019 takes place on 11-12 December. So much opportunity, so little time left to take advantage of it. The TC Top Picks opportunity is free, and the benefits are priceless. Don’t miss your chance — apply to be a TC Top Pick before 12 p.m. (PT) today, 18 October.

Is your company interested in sponsoring or exhibiting at Disrupt Berlin 2019? Contact our sponsorship sales team by filling out this form.

Only 3 days left: Apply to TC Top Picks @ Disrupt Berlin 2019

Deadline countdowns are relentless, and the application window to our TC Top Picks program is rapidly shrinking. The countdown ends and the window slams shut in just three days on 18 October at 12 p.m. (PT). If you want a shot at winning a free Startup Alley Exhibitor Package at Disrupt Berlin 2019, then take just a few moments and apply to be a TC Top Pick right now.

Attending a TechCrunch Disrupt conference as a TC Top Pick is one of the best ways to expose your early-stage startup to global media, eager investors and a VIP networking experience. How does it all work? Read on, founders…read on!

TC Top Picks is a pre-Disrupt competition, and we will accept applications from any early-stage startups that fit into one of these tech categories: AI/Machine Learning, Biotech/Healthtech, Blockchain, Fintech, Mobility, Privacy/Security, Retail/E-commerce, Robotics/IoT/Hardware, CRM/Enterprise and Education.

Our highly discerning TechCrunch editors review every application with a sharp eye for potential success, and they’ll select up to five startups they feel represent the best in each category. The Startup Alley Exhibitor Package that each TC Top Pick receives (at no cost) includes three Founder passes and one full day to exhibit in a prime spot within Startup Alley.

You’ll also have access to all of the Disrupt stages (including the Startup Battlefield competition), the complete attendee list, the list of attending press, use of the Startup Alley Exhibitor Lounge and CrunchMatch — our business networking platform.

We promote the heck out of the TC Top Picks and, as a result, everyone wants to see who made the grade. That means plenty of people stopping by your booth — it’s a golden networking opportunity that could take your startup in a whole new and improved direction.

TC Top Picks also benefit from an interview with a TechCrunch editor that takes place live on the Showcase Stage. We video record the interview and promote it across our social media platforms, and you’ll be able to use it as an effective marketing tool long after Disrupt Berlin ends.

One more very cool item. Every exhibiting startup is eligible to be chosen by TechCrunch as a Wild Card. Why does that matter? The Wild Card gets to compete in the Startup Battlefield, which has a $50,000 prize. Last year, Legacy earned the Wild Card slot, and then went on to win the Startup Battlefield competition.

Disrupt Berlin 2019 takes place on 11-12 December. Why not take a shot to showcase your company in Startup Alley for free? Your window of opportunity closes in just three days. Beat the 18 October 12 p.m. (PT) deadline, and apply to be a TC Top Pick today.

Is your company interested in sponsoring or exhibiting at Disrupt Berlin 2019? Contact our sponsorship sales team by filling out this form.

Friday deadline alert: Apply to TC Top Picks @ Disrupt Berlin 2019

We dedicate this countdown post to all the early-stage startup founders who hunger for an opportunity to break new ground. This is the final week you can apply to be a TC Top Pick and exhibit your startup — for free — in Startup Alley at Disrupt Berlin 2019 on 11-12 December.

The application window remains open until this Friday, 18 October at 12 p.m. (PT). Don’t miss your shot at media attention, investor interest and plenty of exposure to potential customers and collaborators — apply to be a TC Top Pick right now.

If you haven’t heard about our Top Picks program, here’s a brief rundown. In this pre-Disrupt competition, TechCrunch editors closely review and vet applications from any early-stage startups that fit in one of these tech categories: AI/Machine Learning, Biotech/Healthtech, Blockchain, Fintech, Mobility, Privacy/Security, Retail/E-commerce, Robotics/IoT/Hardware, CRM/Enterprise and Education.

They’re searching for innovative, interesting startups with a real shot at success. Check out the TC Top Picks from Disrupt Berlin 2018 to get a sense of what they look for. Ultimately, they’ll select up to five startups to represent each category.

All TC Top Picks receive a free Startup Alley Exhibitor Package which, among other perks, includes three Founders passes and one full day exhibiting in a prime location within Startup Alley. This truly is a VIP experience that includes invitations to networking parties and plenty of attention from investors, global press and potential customers.

In a classic “but wait, there’s more” moment, our TechCrunch editors will take to the Showcase Stage to interview every Top Pick. We’ll record the interviews and promote the videos across our social media platforms. Talk about a great conversation starter when you’re meeting with potential clients or investors.

You don’t have anything to lose by applying to be a TC Top Pick, but you do have a lot to gain. Here’s what Caleb John, co-founder and CEO of Cedar Robotics, had to say about his experience.

“Being a TC Top Pick validates your startup, helps your business gain traction and opens doors to investors, customers or vendors. The onstage interview was a great experience, and the YouTube video exposure is huge for us.”

Disrupt Berlin 2019 takes place on 11-12 December, but you have only until this Friday, 18 October at 12 p.m. (PT) to apply to be a TC Top Pick. Take a shot and break new ground for your outstanding startup. Come and show us what you’ve got!

Is your company interested in sponsoring or exhibiting at Disrupt Berlin 2019? Contact our sponsorship sales team by filling out this form.