TechCrunch announced today that the second TechCrunch Disrupt Europe will take place from 18-21 st October 2014 at Old Billingsgate in East London. One of the leading global tech media franchises, TechCrunch Disrupt hosts events from San Francisco and New York to Berlin and Beijing.
TechCrunch Disrupt brings world-renowned speakers, who have included Soundcloud founder and CEO, Alex Ljung, chairman and CEO of salesforce.com, Marc Benioff, CEO of twitter, Dick Costolo, CEO and President of Yahoo, Marissa Mayer and Founder and CEO of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, as well as hundreds of outstanding start-ups to audiences globally, making it one of the most anticipated technology conferences of the year.
The London conference kicks off with the TechCrunch Disrupt Hackathon from 18 th to 19 th October, followed by two days of on stage interviews and panels with some of the biggest names in technology. The speakers will give attendees advice, invaluable insight and first-hand knowledge on what it takes to build an industry-leading company. In addition, TechCrunch Disrupt will also welcome Startup Battlefield and Startup Alley to London.
Startup Battlefield competitors pitch to teams of judges, who include some of the startup world’s foremost investors, innovators and influencers in the tech community. TechCrunch identifies emerging companies to demo and compete for a prize of £30,000 and the coveted Disrupt Cup. The 350 companies who have participated in the Battlefield have raised $2.4 billion in funding post appearing in Battlefield. Battlefield is the most effective event-based launch platform for startups in the word. Last year Lock8, the London and Berlin-based startup behind the world’s first smart bike lock, was the worthy winner and other previous Battlefield competitions have launched companies such as Dropbox, Mint.com, Yammer and Fitbit, which are now heavyweights in the global tech industry. Companies can apply to enter Startup Battlefield now here.Startup Alley offers another way for early-stage companies to gain exposure with a format that encourages both exhibiting and networking, as well as high visibility. Roughly 150 startups make up Startup Alley with companies showcasing on the Monday and Tuesday of the event. Startups can apply for a space at Startup Alley here. London enjoys a formidable reputation as a fast-growing startup ecosystem, boasting high growth rates and job growth in the startup sector as well as 18 startup accelerators. Between 2012 and 2013, more than 15,000 startups were established in the capital and, according to the Deloitte Technology Fast 50, the combined average five-year growth rate for tech startups in London is 1,382%. Startups are a key source of job creation in London too, with 27% of all new jobs coming from the tech and digital sectors in 2012, according to Tech City.