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Student Founders Can Win Big at TechCrunch Disrupt

TechCrunch Disrupt is back, in person October 18-20 in San Francisco, and it’s the perfect place for college students to pursue their startup dreams.

Here are some of the opportunities that await founding students. They say the opportunity presents itself. So open the door, already.

Showcase your way to Disrupt – for free

TechCrunch Disrupt offers many benefits to students, but wouldn’t it still be better to get these benefits for free? If you’re chosen to enter the TechCrunch Student Pitch Contest (powered by Blackstone LaunchPad), you could win free tickets and more.

Here’s what you need to know:

  • This is a video contest only – no one will be pitching at Disrupt.

  • Record a 60 second video of your presentation.

  • Fill out this application and answer a few quick questions about your startup.

  • Submit your application and your video before the September 9 deadline.

  • TechCrunch will choose 20 finalists and notify them on September 18.

  • All finalists receive two free tickets to Disrupt 2022, two free tickets to any TechCrunch 2023 event, plus the Blackstone LaunchPad swag.

  • The top six finalists will also receive a free three-night stay at a San Francisco hotel during Disrupt 2022, be featured in a TechCrunch article, and receive a mentorship session with Blackstone LaunchPad and Techstars staff.

Not ready to pitch? Buy your early bird student pass before prices go up on July 29.

Panel discussions and public choice

Roundtables, among Disrupt’s most popular sessions, are expert-led 30-minute discussions with up to 20 people. You’ll learn something new – and more – about a specific topic, and it’s a great way to meet and explore opportunities with others who share your interests.

Right now, you can vote for the topics you most want to see on Disrupt. But only if you hurry. Audience Choice voting ends this Friday, July 15 at 11:59 p.m. PT.

Go to the voting site where you will find a large list of potential sessions. You can filter and search by over 20 categories, such as Financial Services/Blockchain, Founder Lessons, Games, Investor Insights, Operations/Strategy, SaaS/Enterprise and many more.

Vote for as many sessions as you want by clicking the thumbs up next to each one. Feel free to share your thoughts or offer feedback in the comment box.

World-class networking

Whether you’re looking to meet other ambitious students, land a killer internship or post-grad job, or find the perfect co-founder, you won’t find better networking real estate than Disrupt.

Based on the information you entered during registration, our event app will search the list of attendees and recommend suitable connections. Then use the app to send invitations to schedule quick one-on-one meetings with people who match your business goals. You will be able to access the list weeks before the start of the show. Arrange meetings and RSVPs ahead of time and get a head start on expanding your network.

The Starter Battlefield 200

Head straight to the expo and explore this curated group of 200 exceptional early-stage startups – the only startups allowed to exhibit at Disrupt. Additionally, 20 of the Startup Battlefield 200 will be chosen to compete for $100,000 in the Startup Battlefield.

But wait a second – if your student-led startup meets the criteria, why not apply to be part of the SBF 200? To be eligible, your business must:

  • Be a start-up in the early stages

  • Have a minimally viable product

  • Represent any vertical

  • Represent any geography

  • Have step-by-step innovation in your vertical

  • Be seeded or have pre-sized funding (varies by industry)

Apply to Startup Battlefield 200 before July 31. It’s absolutely free, and it’s packed with benefits and possibilities.

TechCrunch Disrupt 2022 takes place October 18-20 in San Francisco with an online day on October 21. Do not miss all these opportunities to improve your startup. Buy your student passes before the price increases on July 29.

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