Students can pitch their way to some serious winnings

Our video-pitch competition is now open to all college- and university-level  students. Application and participation is 100% free — no purchase to any TechCrunch event required. Plus, we pumped up the prize package and extended the deadline. Here’s what you need to know and do in order to compete and have a shot at winning free passes — and more — to TechCrunch Disrupt in San Francisco October 18-20

Let’s break it down
The pitch competition is industry-agnostic, and we encourage students building in any vertical to apply. While we’re excited to review the applications from students with a functioning MVP, the ultimate winners will be a mix of student-led startups at the ideation stage, with product/market fit and those and those at growth stage. The application deadline is September 9. TechCrunch will review all submitted videos and select 20 finalists. We will notify the finalists on September 18.

Applying to the competition is a simple, three-step process

  • Record a 60-second video of your pitch.
  • Fill out an application and answer a few quick questions about your startup.
  • Submit your application and video.

Why should you apply to compete?
The art of the pitch is an essential skill that every startup founder needs, and practice makes perfect.

Check out the prize package:
All finalists will receive two free tickets to TC Disrupt 2022, two free tickets to any 2023 TechCrunch event, plus Blackstone LaunchPad swag. The top six finalists will also receive a free, three-night stay in a San Francisco hotel during Disrupt 2022. Plus, the top six finalists will be featured in a TechCrunch article —  and receive a mentor session with Blackstone LaunchPad and Techstars staff.

Apply Now
Time to throw your hat into the ring! If you want a chance to attend TechCrunch Disrupt for free, score invaluable exposure and a three-night stay in San Francisco, get moving and apply to the TechCrunch Student Pitch Competition by September 9. Show us your pitch!

Make sure you submit your 60 second pitch video via a Youtube link.