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Last chance for early-bird pricing on passes to Disrupt Berlin 2019

Trite as it may sound, all good things must come to an end. And the good thing that’s about to come to a grinding halt is early-bird pricing on passes to Disrupt Berlin 2019. You have mere hours to save — the deadline strikes tonight at 11:59 p.m. (CEST).

You can save up to €500, but only if you beat the clock. Buy your early-bird pass right now, otherwise you’ll pay more than necessary — how sad.

Need more inspiration than saving significant euros? Okay, let’s talk speakers. Disrupt conferences always offers an awesome lineup of speakers, and this year Disrupt Berlin is no exception. We’re going to mix it up a bit in this post and feature just some of the impressive women who will hold forth on the various Disrupt stages.

Unnatural Language Processing with Emily Foges (CEO at Luminance) and Sofie Quidenus-Wahlforss (founder & CEO at omni:us). Legal contracts and insurance policies can be difficult even for experts to decipher. Hear from the founders how Luminance and omni:us use AI to take on jargon and save everyone time.

The New New Shop with Maria Raga (CEO of Depop). As shopping has moved from the web to apps, Depop has caught the Gen Z wave. We’ll hear from Raga, the CEO nurturing this “eBay for the 21st Century.”

What Does It Take to Raise a Series A? with Jessica Holzbach (co-founder & CCO at Penta), Louise Dahlborn Samet (partner at Blossom Capital) and Hannah Seal (principal at Index Ventures). Venture capital funds have boomed this decade, but raising money is still hard for young companies. What are investors today looking for in teams, metrics and products?

Up, Up and Away with Jen Rubio (co-founder & chief brand officer at Away). The D2C space is awfully crowded, but luggage brand Away has managed to rise above the noise to build one of the most successful consumer brands of this decade with a valuation of $1.4 billion as of earlier this year. Hear from CEO Jen Rubio about how the company got its start, grew and became the household name it is today.

Like we said, those are but a few of the amazing women you’ll hear at Disrupt Berlin. And the guys aren’t half bad either. Check out the full agenda here.

There’s more to explore at Disrupt Berlin — Q&A Sessions, the Startup Battlefield, the Hackathon finalists pitching on the Extra Crunch Stage and hundreds of startups in Startup Alley, including our recently announced TC Top Picks.

See and do it all at Disrupt Berlin 2019 on 11-12 December. You’ll see and do it all for less if you act now and buy an early-bird pass to Disrupt Berlin before early-bird pricing disappears tonight at 11:59 p.m. (CEST).

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

Could your startup earn the Wild Card at Disrupt Berlin 2019?

We’re just about one month away from opening the doors to infinite early-stage startup opportunity. We’re talking about Disrupt Berlin 2019, which takes place on 11-12 December. But today we’d like to highlight a specific opportunity you might not be familiar with — the Wild Card.

Why is this opportunity a big deal? The startup that earns the Wild Card designation gets to compete in Startup Battlefield, our epic pitch competition with a $50,000 prize. Ka-ching!

How do you qualify? Every early-stage startup that exhibits in Startup Alley, our expo floor and the heart of every Disrupt — has a shot at the Wild Card. And we mean every startup — Startup Alley Exhibitor Package holders, our recently announced TC Top Picks, members of a Country Pavilion — no matter how you come to exhibit in Startup Alley, you’re eligible.

Here’s how it all works. The day before Disrupt Berlin 2019 opens, TechCrunch editors will review the exhibiting startups and select one standout to join the cadre of Startup Battlefield competitors. The Wild Card team receives roughly 24 hours’ notice before they step out onto the Main Stage to pitch their product and company in front of a live audience — and a panel of expert VCs and technologists waiting to be impressed.

Talk about pressure. But startuppers don’t back away from a potentially life-changing opportunity — they rise to the occasion, amirite? Case in point: the little startup that could. Legacy earned the Wild Card at Disrupt Berlin 2018 and went on to win Startup Battlefield, beau coup love and attention from investors and media — not to mention that $50,000 equity-free cash infusion.

Here’s the good news: There’s still time for you to be an exhibitor at Disrupt Berlin 2019 — and have a shot at competing in Startup Battlefield. Simply buy a Startup Alley Exhibitor Package and you’re good to go.

Here’s even better news. Exhibiting in Startup Alley holds tremendous potential to move your business forward — whether you get the Wild Card or not.

This is how David Hall, co-founder of Park & Diamond, describes his experience in Startup Alley.

“Exhibiting in Startup Alley was a game-changer for us. We received insight on our product development process, and we got to engage with media and potential investors. The chance to have those discussions and to potentially form relationships was invaluable.”

The opportunity that is Disrupt Berlin 2019 takes place on 11-12 December. Make the most of that opportunity — exhibit in Startup Alley and take your shot at the Wild Card and Startup Battlefield. We’ll see you in Berlin!

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

Introducing the TC Top Picks for Disrupt Berlin 2019

Can we get a fanfare of trumpets, please? The time has come to introduce you to our TC Top Picks for Disrupt Berlin 2019. The ingenuity and creativity reflected in the international startup community can’t be overstated, and narrowing the field from the hundreds of applications we received was no easy task.

The program showcases outstanding early-stage startups across these categories: AI/Machine Learning, Biotech/Healthtech, Blockchain, Fintech, Mobility, Privacy/Security, Retail/E-commerce, Robotics/IoT/Hardware, and CRM/Enterprise.

Challenging as it was, TechCrunch editors had a (wicked fun) job to do — select up to five early-stage startups they felt represent the best of their specific tech category. This remarkable cadre of early-stage startups knocked our proverbial socks off. Cold toes notwithstanding, we think you’ll be equally impressed.

Founders who earn the TC Top Picks designation receive a free Startup Alley Exhibitor Package, one full day of exhibiting, three free Founder passes, intense investor and media interest and VIP treatment — including an interview on the Showcase Stage with a TechCrunch editor. And we promote that video across our social media platforms.

Alright, it’s time for the big reveal. Congratulations to the TC Top Picks for Disrupt Berlin 2019!

Artificial Intelligence + Machine Learning

  • Apostera: An automotive company offering a set of innovative products world-wide.
  • CYANITE: Music analysis tool — the interface between the music industry, data science and software engineering.
  • Prodsight: Helps companies make data-driven product development decisions.
  • Stormly: An AI-powered platform that works as a data consultant.
  • Timekettle Technologies: Committed to building a global brand of AI translator so immersive that it disappears into the experience.

Biotech + Healthtech

  • Glazomer: An affordable Hi-End Eye Tracking system for professional academic and clinical research.
  • Healthy Quit: Digital health company and a pharmacy that provides vaping and smoking cessation by utilizing an artificial intelligent treatment algorithm and medications to help patients quit.
  • mettleAI: Leveraging ML/AI to predict substance abuse relapse before it happens.
  • Thryve: We power the individualization of health care by providing the API needed by health services to access health data from more than 100 wearables.
  • Volta Medical: Aims at developing a wide range of intelligent software solutions designed to guide cardiologists during interventional procedures.


  • Acatena AG: IoT & Blockchain platform to reinvent premium product authenticity.
  • Anytype: An operating system for the new internet.
  • etoshi: The all-in-one crypto platform: trading, wallets and taxes under one roof!
  • SIMBA Chain: A cloud-based, smart-contract-as-a-service (SCaaS) platform, enabling users across a variety of skill sets to implement dapps (decentralized applications).

CRM + Enterprise

  • ChromaWay: Solved integration to legacy systems, scale and usability by combining relational databases with blockchains.
  • A cloud analytics platform for business experts & SaaS companies to integrate intuitive yet powerful data visualization into their daily lives.
  • Your one-stop shop for understanding your users’ experiences online.
  • Radicalbit: Event stream processing self-service platform. One platform for data engineering, data ops & MLOps on top of Kafka.
  • Stack: Internet launchpad, increasing the efficiency of working with the web for the average internet users by allowing simultaneous use of multiple web-apps within a neatly organized working environment.
  • Usercentrics: A CMP that helps enterprise customers obtain, manage and document the user consent, with all different aspects of consent storage, consent API’s, consent in ad tech.


  • CurioInvest: A technology platform that lets anyone invest directly in rare alternative assets.
  • Raison: A platform for operations with investments and personal finance.
  • TXC Markets: Peer to peer fintech trading technologies and marketplaces for illiquid and alternative assets.

Mobility + Transportation

  • DUCKT: The world’s first universal electrical scooter charging station. Better operations, better experience for people & the city.
  • MachineMax: Used to track utilisation, idling, fuel and geolocation for any machine.
  • Pixmoving: Provides universal autonomous driving chassis.
  • Qibus: Making autonomous mobility a reality.
  • TRAXIT: Tracking multi service company changing the way we track our belongings, starting from Aviation vertical.

Privacy + Security

  • Nect: Delivers the self-service future of identity verification as a service — easy to use and with military-grade security.
  • Develops facial identification solutions for integration within smart office frameworks and commercial bank security systems.
  • Sypher Solutions: Software platform that simplifies analysis and helps prevent mistakes when documenting and maintaining GDPR compliance.
  • Wire: The most secure collaboration platform, transforming the way business’ communicate in the same way and speed that our founders disrupted telephony with Skype.

Retail + E-commerce

  • combyne: A social tool for combining clothing. Our vision is to digitize the usage of fashion.
  • Fashwire: A global data-driven marketplace with 200+ fashion designers from 25+ countries.
  • Squareshot: We help consumer, fashion and dnvb brands streamline content production and create beautiful product shots to maximize their online sales.

Robotics + Hardware + IoT

  • Aether Biomedical: A rehabilitation robotics startup focused on building bionic limbs for upper limb amputees.
  • Domotron: The most advanced smart home that adapts to your lifestyle. To make your life easier.
  • Infocode: Smart building solution company that provides smart waste bin for office and public spaces.
  • RoboChef: World’s first fully automated robotic kitchen cooking 500+ recipes with ZERO manual effort powered by IoT, Robotics & AI.

Disrupt Berlin 2019 takes place on 11-12 December. Buy your pass today and be sure to swing by Startup Alley to meet and greet the TC Top Picks. One more thing. It’s not too late to buy a Startup Alley Exhibitor Package and strut your stuff alongside hundreds of companies and sponsors. All exhibiting startups have a shot at winning the Wild Card to compete for $50,000 in our famous pitch competition, Startup Battlefield. What have you got to lose? Nuthin!

Learn how to raise your Series A at Disrupt Berlin

There are more seed funds than ever helping business get off the ground but the Series A financing continues to be one of the toughest deals to close.

Not only will we welcome early-stage investors to teach entrepreneurs how to raise their first round of venture capital, we will have a group of investors intimately familiar with the Series A on deck at TechCrunch Disrupt Berlin this December to offer their best tips and tricks.

Joining us on stage is Blossom Capital partner Louise Samet and Penta founder Jessica Holzbach.

Samet, for her part, joined Blossom Capital, a new European venture capital fund focused on leading Series A investments, earlier this year. Based in Stockholm, Samet’s career includes years of angel investing with standout bets including LendingHome, Bloomcredit and Stravito. Blossom portfolio companies include Duffel, Frontify, Fat Llama, Sqreen and Before Blossom, Samet was the director of technical sales at Klarna, a high profile European fintech startup.

Finally, Holzbach, who leads the digital only banking platform for SMEs, Penta, has spent her career founding startups and working as a management consultant, supervising various CRM projects for financial institutions and insurance companies. Penta, where she is currently CCO, has raised millions in venture capital funding, including a €7 million Series A last year. She can speak to the process of securing funding and the challenges she faced as a founder.

Join us at Disrupt Berlin, running December 11 and December 12, to hear more from these experts on how to secure one of the most influential funding rounds in a company’s lifespan. Tickets to the show are available here!

Attendee Portal

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TechCrunch Events app is now available. With the app, you will be able to create your calendar and agenda, discover Startup Alley exhibitors and sponsors, connect with opted-in attendees, wayfinding, and login instructions to access CrunchMatch (which is a seperate app). Please wait for up to 2-3 hours after registering to allow for the app and your registration to sync so you can access it.

How to access the app:

  • Download the TechCrunch Event app from the Apple iTunes Store or Google Play Store.
  • Once downloaded, select the Disrupt Berlin 2019 event and you’ll be prompted to enter the email address associated with your registration.
  • Your password is the last 6 digits of the number below the QR code on your Universe ticket (case-sensitive).
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10 December – TBD 

11 Decemeber
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12 December
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Startup Battlefield brings the world’s top early-stage startups together on the Disrupt Main Stage to compete for the coveted Disrupt Cup, a $50,000 prize, and the attention of media and investors. Since appearing on the TechCrunch Disrupt stage, Startup Battlefield alumni have collectively raised over $8 billion and seen over 100 exits. Check out the Startup Battlefield sessions, located on the Main Stage.

Learn more about Startup Battlefield

Over the course of approximately 24 hours, hundreds of hackers will form teams to ideate, create and submit their products and directly afterwards, the sponsor judges and official TechCrunch judges will go around to each team for a demo of each creation. From this, our top 10 finalists will be selected to demo the following day on the Extra Crunch stage at Disrupt Berlin.

On the final day of the conference, everyone is invited to watch the 10 finalists present their project in a 2-minute pitch and then we’ll announce the top hack will receive the $XXX grand prize money.


TechCrunch is offering semi-private meeting rooms at XX/55 minutes at Disrupt Berlin. These rooms are great for taking meetings of up to 4 people or catching up on some work. Meeting spaces can only be used by registered Disrupt Berlin ticket holders. 

These meeting rooms are separate from CrunchMatch/Brella networking program.


Bag & Cloak Room
We will have a bag and coat check room for attendees to store their belongings.

Food & Beverage
Lunch and select beverages are available for purchase at Arena Berlin from food trucks – cash only. Coffee and water will be served gratis.

Please take public transportation and or ride share to the venue. Parking is not available.

Mother’s Room
If you need the services of the mother’s room, there will be a lactation suite made available to you.

Multi-Faith Room
If you need the services of the mutli-faith room, it is located in the Moscone North Lobby.

Startup Alley Exhibitor Lounge

Investor Lounge

Extra Crunch Lounge
Exclusive lounge just for Extra Crunch subscribers. TBD

How to transfer a ticket 
If you need to transfer a ticket follow these instructions

Update information on your ticket 
To update the information on your ticket follow these directions. The information provided on your ticket will need to match your government-issued photo Identification Card and the information provided will be used on your badge during the event. 

Names on Tickets & Names on Badges
Please note that it is TechCrunch policy that the name on attendees’ printed badge should match the name on the person’s government photo issued ID. Nicknames or abbreviations are acceptable.

Pass Refund & Lost Badge Policy
All Pass purchases are final and no refunds will be issued. Lost name badges at the conference are subject to a €75 Lost Badges replacement fee.

Locating Your Ticket:
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Logistics Questions

Where is Disrupt Berlin?
Treptow Arena/Arena Berlin
Eichenstraße 4, 12435 Berlin, Germany

How do I get to Disrupt Berlin?
The easiest way is to follow these transit instructions or take a ride sharing service. There is no parking for attendees.

What are the dates for Disrupt Berlin?
11 Decemeber – 12 December

What Language is Disrupt Berlin In?
Disrupt is conducted in American English.

Do you provide language translation services?
No, Disrupt Berlin doesn’t provide language translation services.

Who attends Disrupt Berlin?
Attendance is expected to at around 3,000 people. Disrupt Berlin brings together founders, investors, developers, technologists, and business people who are interested in the startup and technology world. 

Where can I find photos from the event?
Visit TechCrunch’s Flickr page for photos of the conference. Photos are uploaded 3-5 business days after the conference.

Will transcripts of content be made available?
Yes, Main Stage content will have transcripts made available from Otter.AI. Check your email at the end of each day for a link to the Otter.AI transcripts.

Will videos of the content be made available?
Select video content will be made available on

Is Disrupt Berlin ADA accessible?
Yes, Disrupt Berlin is fully ADA accessible.

What are the TechCrunch Disrupt Social Tags?
#TCDisrupt  #hackdisrupt @techcrunch

Is there wifi at the conference?
Yes, there is wifi at the conference, free of charge.

How long is registration open for attendees?

Is the conference being live-streamed?
Only content on the Main Stage will be live-streamed. No other content will be live-streamed.

Is there a bag/cloakroom?
Yes, a free bag/cloakroom.

Will you be serving food/beverages at Disrupt?

Can I bring my own food/beverage into Moscone North?
No, outside food/beverages are NOT allowed.

Can minors attend the conference?
Attendees who are minors (persons younger than 18 years old at the time of the event) must be accompanied at all times by an adult who is 18 years or older and who can take legal responsibility for the minor. The TechCrunch ticket and badge policy applies to minors. 

Some event content may contain mature themes (such as sex, violence, and drug use) that may not be suitable for minors. Adult chaperones are responsible for managing and reviewing content/themes to see if it is suitable for their accompanied minors before, during, or after the event. 

A sponsor/exhibitor wants to “scan my badge”. What does that mean?
By providing your badge to a sponsor/exhibitor at a TechCrunch event to be scanned, you are expressly consenting to providing your registration data to that sponsor. From that point on, the attendee’s personal data shared will use such data in accordance with each individual sponsor’s Privacy Policy. 

I need to report a code of conduct violation at Disrupt Berlin. Who do I contact?
TechCrunch’s full code of conduct can be found here. 


Do you have any meeting rooms I can book?
Semi-private meeting rooms are available to rent for attendees only at TBD/55 minute meeting. You can book them here. This is separate from the CrunchMatch meeting area.

Where can I find the attendee list?
Check the list of attendees in the TechCrunch Events App.

Will there be press at Disrupt?
Disrupt hosts hundreds of accredited reporters, bloggers and correspondents from around the world. TechCrunch extends press credentials to qualified media outlets and industry journalists. This list will be provided to our sponsors and Startup Alley exhibitors attending the event. For Press Pass Requests – submit HERE (TBD).

Event Content-Related Questions

What is TC Top Picks?
TC Top Picks are outstanding early-stage startups that are selected by TechCrunch editors in these categories: AI/Machine Learning, Biotech/Healthtech, Blockchain, Fintech, Mobility, Privacy/Security, Retail/eCommerce, Robotics/IoT/Hardware, SaaS and Social Impact & Education. Look for them in Startup Alley and on the Showcase Stage!

What are Startup Alley Pavillions?
Pavilions in Startup Alley are groups of early stage startups clustered together either based on vertical, sponsor company, or region. 

What is Startup Battlefield?
Startup Battlefield brings the world’s top early-stage startups together on the Disrupt Main Stage to compete for the coveted Disrupt Cup, a $50,000 prize, and the attention of media and investors. Since appearing on the TechCrunch Disrupt stage, Startup Battlefield alumni have collectively raised over $8 billion and seen over 100 exits. Check out the Startup Battlefield sessions, located on the Main Stage.

What is CrunchMatch?
CrunchMatch is the exclusive in-conference platform hosted by which allows founders and investors attending the conference to request meetings with one another, schedules a date/time and assigns a specific table at the event for them to meet within the CrunchMatch area on the Expo floor at the event.

CrunchMatch App login details will be distributed through the TechCrunch Events App. They are two seperate apps. 

What type of content is shown in each area of the conference?

Main Stage: 
1:1 Interviews, in-depth panel discussions, Startup Battlefield, demos, and more

Extra Crunch Stage:
1:1 Interviews, startup focused in-depth panel discussions, demos, and more

Showcase Stage (located in Startup Alley): 
Startup Alley demos, TechCrunch Video interviews

Breakout Sessions: 
Long form, deep-dives on topics that interest you

Q&A Sessions: 
Intimate, interactive discussions with speakers on topics taken from the audience

Startup Alley:
The main expo hall for the conference where early-stage startups and sponsors showcase their company

Badge & Ticket Questions

When can I pick up my badge?

Is there early badge pickup?

I am having trouble finding my ticket – where is it?
Search for “universe” in your inbox/spam/trash/promotions folders to locate tickets. If you’re still having trouble finding your ticket, please email

If anther person booked your ticket and used a different email address for your ticket, please contact them. This is often the case when tickets are booked for a group/team by one person.

Can I bring a printed ticket or mobile ticket to registration check in?
Yes, we accept tickets at registration in both printed versions on paper and digital versions on mobile phone.

I lost my badge, what do I do!?
Please head to the help desk at Disrupt. Please note that a €75 reprint fee is applied to all lost badges. 

Can I share my badge with someone else?
No, all badges are to be used by one single person and cannot be shared among multiple people or teams. IDs will be checked at the door to match names to name badges.

There’s a mistake on my badge – can I fix it?
Yes, outside of name changes to another person, visit the help desk for misspelling and other errors.

I want to change the name on my badge to someone else – can I do that?
No, once a badge is printed and has been used you cannot change the name on the badge. 

Do you offer single-day or partial-day badges?

What is the refund/transfer policy for Disrupt passes?
All purchases are NON-REFUNDABLE but you may transfer your pass to another person by following these instructions.

How can I change information on a ticket?
To change information on a ticket, please follow these directions.

Other Questions

How can I get in touch with TechCrunch writers?
The best way to reach us is to email

How can I get in touch with a speaker at Disrupt?
We do not share speakers’ contact information.

How do I get in touch with press at Disrupt?
Sponsors and exhibitors are sent a press list. We do not share press contact information with the general public.

I want to be in Startup Battlefield – how do I do that?
Applicaitons for Startup Battlefield open up 6-8 months before the conference. Please check the Startup Battlefield website for deadlines and more info.

I want to be a speaker at Disrupt – how do I do that?
Applications for speakers open up 6-8 months before the conference. 

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