The first ever TechCrunch startups battlefield Africa will be happening in Nairobi on the 17th of October. The TC startup battlefield Africa is an opportunity for African startups to come together on one stage to pitch and to compete for the coveted Disrupt Cup, a $50,000 prize, and the attention of media and investors.
The competition is free and open to African startups in these three categories: productivity and utility, social group and gaming and entertainment. The competition will have Top investors ,Founders and TechCrunch editors serving as judges at the event.
After the end of the event winners will be picked from each category and as well as an overall winner which will receive $23,000 in no-equity cash plus an all expense paid trip for two to san Francisco to compete in the TechCrunch startup battlefield main event in 2018.
Cost to attend this event are not cover by TechCrunch but TechCrunch will try to find financial assistance for a startup in need of assistance to reach the Nairobi event. The startup battlefield is one the most prestigious Tech event in the world with an enormous global reach that guaranty’s every startup that participates, an international expansion, VC’s and Angel investors to invest and partenerships. That’s why the 648 companies that have competed in Battlefield have raised $6.9 billion and produced 95 exits to date.
Africa is a developing continent facing a lot of problems in its different industries from healthcare, finance, agriculture ,education and entertainment, this is a great avenue for African startups solving these problems with technology in these industries to gain traction, investment deals and the technology required to make this solutions available and accessible.
In recent times google via google for entrepreneurs in collaboration with cchub also launched pitchdrive a three week five-city European tech hub tour across London, Amsterdam, Berlin, Zurich and Paris with the aim to raise €20M in funding from investors, which 14 African startups participated in to pitch to investors, explore international opportunities and offerings, learn about cutting edge frontier technology markets and build a network amongst technology leaders from both the African and European continent, bridging the divide across the tech ecosytems.
since the major tech boom in 2010 and the post oil economic African Tech companies and startups are beginning to gain the world’s attention and everyday outside investment keep coming into Africa.
The TechCrunch battlefield is sponsored by facebook. As for the companies that will appear on stage, the names will be announced on October 11.
The agenda has being announced –The announcement
tickets are available – here
see you in Nairobi!