TechCrunch will next week host its first African start-up competition, TechCrunch Battlefield Africa 2017, in Nairobi on Wednesday October 11, 2017, with Facebook as a sponsor.
Startup Battlefield Africa is a search for the best innovators, makers and technical entrepreneurs in sub Saharan Africa in three categories: categories: social good, productivity and utility, and gaming and entertainment.
Startup Battlefield has been bringing world-class founders into the spotlight since 2007, and 700 contestants have gone on to raise US $7 billion in funding and rack up nearly 100 exits. Battlefield Alumni include Mint, Dropbox, Yammer, TripIt, Getaround and Cloudflare.
Fifteen African companies shortlisted from 700 entries will compete to be chosen as Sub-Saharan Africa’s Most Promising Startup. The founders of the winning company will win US$25,000 in cash plus an all-expense paid trip for two to compete in the Battlefield at TechCrunch’s flagship event, Disrupt San Francisco 2018.
The judges include TechCrunch editors as well as top VCs and entrepreneurs. Many Africa tech luminaries will join us on stage as judges or speakers:
- Andreata Muforo, Tide Africa Fund
- Leo Stiegeler, Ringier Africa
- Helen Jennings, Naatal
- Eghosa Omoigui, EchoVC
- Wale Ayeni, IFC
- Bosun Tijani, CEO at CcHub
- Bob Collymore, CEO of Safaricom
- Sacha Poignonnec, CEO of Jumia
Date: 11 October 2017
Venue: Nairobi, Kenya
Agenda: Available this link.