A company statement said six Indian start-ups presented ideas that ranged from AI-enabled SaaS for rapid diagnosis of drug-resistant tuberculosis, to a next generation of light-based AI hardware. EF has helped over 600 co-founders build over 120 companies in Asia. In early 2019, EF announced the $115 million first close of a new global fund, one of the largest pre-seed venture capital funds ever raised. This will allow EF to invest in over2,200 individuals over the next three years.
Agrilyst, which won San Francisco TechCrunch Disrupt's Start-Up Battlefield in 2015, helps greenhouse operators run their operations more efficiently by pulling in data from sensors in the greenhouse and information about crop yields and other metrics. In season one of HBO's Silicon Valley, the entrepreneurs at fictional start-up Pied Piper make an appearance at TechCrunch Disrupt. The event's "start-up battlefield" -- a real event that's legendary among new start-ups in the real Silicon Valley -- launched Pied Piper into start-up success. HBO did their best to keep things as close to the real semi-annual tech conference as possible -- it even used the same banner printing company that TechCrunch uses. So how does the show's version of the startup battlefield stack up to the real world?