Best Tech Startups to Watch in 2023

Exclusive workshops and master classes — workshops will be available to SB 200 founders in the weeks prior to Disrupt.

Best Tech Startups to Watch in 2023

The Startup Battlefield 200 at Disrupt 2023 is seeking early-stage startups from Africa to apply. The application window closes on May 15 at 11:59 p.m. PDT, and the inaugural cohort included three startups from two African nations.

AltSchool Africa: An edtech startup from Nigeria.
PressOne Africa: An entrepreneur-focused telecom startup from Nigeria.
Oze: A female-founded, small-business-focused fintech from Ghana.

One benefit of being a member of SB 200 is receiving the highly sought-after TechCrunch seal of approval. The media and investor interest is also very strong (and valuable). The SB 200 founders also get a ton of free perks, opportunities, and benefits.

VIP access to all of the presentations, breakout sessions, and roundtables, as well as four additional passes, is included with access to Disrupt. Exclusive workshops and master classes — workshops will be available to SB 200 founders in the weeks prior to Disrupt. Additionally, they get a free year of TechCrunch+ membership and special pitch training from TechCrunch staff.

Only early-stage startups in the Startup Battlefield 200 will be permitted to exhibit at Disrupt, where they will gain invaluable insight from investors and TechCrunch editors. Additionally, they will have the chance to present in front of investors and editors of TechCrunch.

The Startup Battlefield pitch competition offers all SB 200 founders the chance to compete for a $100,000 prize. From the SB 200, 20 startups will be chosen by TechCrunch editors to advance to the Startup Battlefield Finals.

The 20 companies’ founders will be profiled on TechCrunch, given private pitch coaching, and given the opportunity to present live on stage in front of the Disrupt audience. The grand prize winner receives $100,000 in prize money with no conditions attached and all the glory.

The Startup Battlefield 200 is an opportunity for African startups to launch their products on a global stage. To apply, applicants must listen to Inside Startup Battlefield, a four-part podcast that explains why the competition is the best place for them to launch their product.

Applications must be submitted by May 15 at 11:59 p.m. PDT to be considered for the September event in San Francisco.