Neesha A Tambe currently runs Startup Battlefield, TechCrunch’s international startup launch competition. In addition to sourcing, recruiting and vetting thousands of startups each year, Neesha trains and pitch-coaches startups to launch their MVPs. She also manages standalone Battlefield projects on site in new and emerging markets like Africa, Australia, and Europe - mapping technology ecosystems across the globe.
She is the founder of CrunchMatch - a program that connects hundreds of investors to thousands of founders and startups at TechCrunch events. She also manages the Include NonProfit Program, which brings organizations supporting diverse communities in tech to TC live events.
The Include Office Hours Program connects female founders and underserved/underrepresented founders with high-level managing directors and investing partners at global VC firms. Prior to her current role, she served as the Startup Community & Programs Manager at TechCrunch, running the startup show floor at all domestic and international events. Neesha currently serves as a Chairwoman of the City of Cupertino Parks and Recreation Commission & an Emerge California fellow. She served on the boards of the New Leaders Council - SV, National Women’s Political Caucus - SV and Asian Pacific American Leadership Institute.
Prior to her work with TechCrunch, Neesha ran the Sustainable Brands’ Innovation Open - a startup competition for shared value and sustainability-focused startups with judges from Fortune 50 companies. Neesha also scaled The Democracy Commitment initiative for community college engagement to over 150 colleges, launching with the Department of Education and the New York Times Knowledge Network.
Neesha received her degree from Georgetown University in Political Science and Sociology, where she published a thesis on the net positive fiscal impact of shared value and sustainability integrations at all levels of business.