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Hardware startups take center stage for Hardware Battlefield at TC Shenzhen

Software grabs so much attention that it even has its own catchphrase theres an app for that. Its not a bad thing, but we know nothing happens without hardware. Thats why were hunting for the best early-stage hardware startups to take center stage at Hardware Battlefield at TC Shenzhenon November 11-12 in China.
Apply here to compete in TC Hardware Battlefield 2019, our hardware-focused pitch competition. If selected, youll go head-to-head against some of the worlds most innovative hardware makers for a shot at $25,000. Whats more, youll pitch your creations to the worlds top investors. Imagine what that kind of exposure could do for your bottom line.
This is our fifth Hardware Battlefield and our first in China. Shenzhen has a global reputation for the support it offers hardware startups through a combination of accelerators, rapid prototyping and world-class manufacturing. Were thrilled to collaborate with our partner TechNode to host TC Hardware Battlefield 2019 as part of the larger TechCrunch Shenzhen that runs November 9-12.
Any early-stage hardware startup from any country can apply to this competition. Weve seen an impressive range of hardware in previous Battlefields, including robotic arms, food testing devices,malaria diagnostictools,smart socksfor diabetics and e-motorcycles. Show us what youve got!
Meet the minimum requirements listed below, and youre qualified for consideration:



Fill out the TC Hardware Battlefield 2019 applicationbeforethe August 14 deadline.




You must have a minimally viable product to demo onstage




Your product has received little if any, press coverage to date




Your product must be a hardware device or component



If youve never experienced one of our Battlefield pitch competitions, youre in for the ride of a lifetime. Heres how this Hardware Battlefield works.
The vetting process is very selective, and TechCrunch editors thoroughly review every qualified application. Theyll pick 10-15 outstanding hardware startups to compete. Every participating team receives extensive coaching from TechCrunch editors wise in the ways of Battlefield competitions. How extensive? Try six weeks of training that leaves you ready to step on the main stage in front of a panel of judges comprised of expert VCs, founders and technologists.
Each team has just six minutes to pitch and demo their products and then respond to an in-depth Q&A from the judges. One team will rise above the rest to become the Hardware Battlefield champion and take home a check for $25,000.
Even if you dont win the whole shooting match, youll walk away with invaluable some might say life-changing media and investor exposure. Of course, well capture the entire event on video and publish it on TechCrunch to a global audience.
Hardware Battlefield at TC Shenzhen takes place on November 11-12.Dont miss your chance to launch your hardware startup on the worlds most famous tech stage. Apply today!
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