The competition has been incredibly fierce, but we now have a winner. At the very beginning, there were 22 startups.

We hand-picked all these great companies from the wild world of startup land so they could compete in our highly competitive startup competition — the Startup Battlefield. They all presented in front of multiple groups of tech leaders serving as judges. The startups were competing for $50,000 and the highly coveted Disrupt Cup.

After hours of deliberations, TechCrunch editors pored over the judges’ notes and narrowed the list down to six finalists: online kid safety service Bark, interactive Twitch alternative Beam, Blockchain credit startup for emerging countries BitPagos, daily vitamin maker Ritual, ultra-affordable underwater drone SeaDrone and ultra-affordable water filtration system WaterO.

These startups made their way to the finale to demo in front of our final panel of judges, which included: John Borthwick (betaworks), Charles Hudson (Precursor Ventures), Alfred Lin (Sequoia Capital), Susan Lyne (BBG Ventures), Alan Patricof (Greycroft Partners) and Matthew Panzarino (TechCrunch).

Applications for the Startup Battlefield at Disrupt San Francisco will open soon. Please check out our Startup Battlefield Hub, apply and email Battlefield Editor Sam O’Keefe with any questions (

And now, meet the TechCrunch Disrupt New York 2016 Battlefield winner.

Winner: Beam

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