TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2019 Application

Montana was well-represented at TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2018. From left to right: Steve Zabawa, WebBuy, Billings; John and Jen Frandsen,, Whitefish, Paul Burton and Sam Lucas, Triple Tree, Bozeman; Paige Williams, Audience Awards, Missoula demonstrated in Startup Alley for one day of the conference. Photo by Katy Spence/MHTBA

For the second year, MHTBA is partnering with TechCrunch and the Montana Governor’s Office of Economic Development to send a coalition of high-potential Montana startups to San Francisco for TechCrunch Disrupt SF.

About Disrupt

Disrupt is the world’s biggest and most impactful tech startup conference. From Oct. 2-4, thousands of companies, investors, economic development organizations, and job seekers will connect with tech startups from around the globe. Ongoing presentations, workshops, and networking events will connect you with other voices in industries like AI, blockchain, FinTech, and more. Additionally, more than 400 press outlets will attend the conference. Learn more about Disrupt on the TechCrunch website.

Read about last year’s experience at Disrupt.

The MHTBA Discount

Normal registration for participating in Startup Alley costs $1,995 for two passes, but with the MHTBA discount, you’ll only pay $1,696 for three passes. (Please see below for full benefits.) In addition, the Governor’s Office of Economic Development can provide a $500 need-based travel scholarship to a limited number of companies.

Benefits of attending TechCrunch as an MHTBA startup:

  • One 30″ round cocktail table per startup; including internet, a table-top sign, and linens
  • 3 Founder passes per startup
  • Exhibition for one day of the conference on Thursday, October 3
  • Participation in CrunchMatch, TechCrunch’s networking app
  • Opportunity to participate in Wild Card
  • Access to Startup Alley Exhibitor Lounge
  • Access to press list ~2 weeks before the conference
  • Inclusion in Program Guide
  • Inclusion in TechCrunch Disrupt App and Online Guide

Eligibility and How to Apply

This opportunity is limited to startups that have received approximately under $5 million in funding and are under 4 years old. (Please email katy.spence[ay] if you have questions about eligibility.) Companies must be approved by TechCrunch to attend. If you’d like to receive the MHTBA discount, you must submit this form, receive approval, and submit payment to MHTBA by June 17.

Space is limited — only the first eight companies to complete registration will be able to take advantage of the MHTBA discount. Spaces will be allotted on a first-come, first-serve basis upon company approval and payment.

Please email katy.spence[at] with questions.


Hear from some of last year’s attendees:

“[We] made some investor connections, connected with a lot of developers for our developer pilot; heard some good info and also watched some good pitches that we used to help improve our investor pitch.” – John Frandsen, co-founder and CPO, Elebase

“Great experience! Highly recommended to other startups next year.” – Sam Lucas, partner, managing director, Triple Tree


To take full advantage of Disrupt, consider these additional deadlines:

June 10: application due for Startup Battlefield Pitch Competition
June 21: Super Early Bird Prices end (Please note that the MHTBA discount does not stack on top of other discounts, but this price could apply to additional attendees or companies.)


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