TechCrunch’s Disrupt is one of the biggest stages for startups and emerging entrepreneurs to mingle with the world’s foremost tech-business experts and hear from influential speakers. As such, its popularity has increased by the year and an international Disrupt event is slated to be held in Berlin later this year.
This year’s New York leg of the conference, Disrupt NY, will be held from April 29 to May 1 at NYC’s Manhattan Center. TechCrunch claims that this year’s event is geared towards the international tech business community, with special pavilions in the ‘Startup Alley’ dedicated to startups from Brazil, India and Israel. In this regard, TechCrunch is inviting startups from these three countries for a showcase at the Manhattan Center.
The website states: “The Alley is where people mingle, scope out and network; and with a daily, rotating list of startups exhibiting in the Alley. It’s the perfect platform for our country spotlights.”
Winners of last year's Disrupt NY conference, UberConference (image credit: TechCrunch)
There’s no doubt that Brazil, India and Israel are one of the most important tech hubs in the world and this year’s Startup Alley pavilions will show some of the most exciting work from these nations. “With their supersized populations of digital consumers, Brazil and India typify some of the most exciting elements of emerging economy market growth. And while Israel is significantly smaller, it provides an anchor for what is happening in the wider Middle East/North African region,” TechCrunch says.
Key players in their regions, all three countries have been enabling consumer technology-based innovation. In addition, entrepreneurs from Brazil, India and Israel have also been making meaningful contributions in the Information Technology-enabled Services (ITeS) sector. Disrupt NY hopes to increase the profile of startups from the three countries and allow them to gain international exposure and crucially garner more investment.
For the India pavilion, TechCrunch is teaming up with the Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI). However, there are some criteria for a startup to qualify for the Disrupt showcase. Applying startups have to be less than two-years-old and with under US $2.5 million in funding.
In addition to the special focus on the three countries, Disrupt NY will also see startups from around the world exhibiting their services and products in the Startup Alley section. “We love the idea of showcasing how the startup world is about a lot more than just what’s happening in Silicon Valley — something that those of us who live outside the Bay Area know well but often feel is under-represented in wider tech discourse (and all the business that goes along with that).”
Startups that qualify and are interested in applying for the Disrupt showcase can sign up here.
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