We gave you an extension, but if you’re part of a startup in sub-Saharan Africa, the time to act is now. You have just five more days to put together an application to TechCrunch’s inaugural Startup Battlefield Africa, so it’s time for you to drop everything else you were doing and apply today.
We’re excited to be partnering with Facebook to bring our illustrious startup competition, the Startup Battlefield, to Nairobi, Kenya later this year. The Battlefield will feature several prominent startups from the region, each looking to be crowned the most promising startup in sub-Saharan Africa.
As a reminder, startups can apply to one of three categories: social good, productivity and utility or gaming and entertainment. As long as your company fits into one of these categories and you meet the eligibility criteria at the bottom of this post, you are encouraged to apply before the new deadline mentioned above.
The application page can be found here. Applications will be accepted now through Friday, July 21, so be sure to apply today. Companies selected to participate will be notified by August 21.
The Battlefield will be held in Nairobi in front of a live audience, as well as prominent judges representing each category. We also will be live streaming the show on TechCrunch and Facebook so the rest of the world can tune in.
Our judges will choose a winner in each category and then select an overall winner, “Sub-Saharan Africa’s Most Promising Startup.” The company that wins the overall competition will secure $25,000 USD in no-equity cash plus an all-expense paid trip for two to San Francisco to compete in the Battlefield at TechCrunch’s flagship event, Disrupt SF 2018.
We’re especially excited to be hosting this event during a period of promising growth for the region. Sub-Saharan Africa just produced its first unicorn, online shopping site Jumia, exits in the region are increasingly frequent and VCs all around the world are taking notice.
The Startup Battlefield Africa event will take place October 11 in Nairobi, Kenya at a location to be announced. We hope to see you and your promising social good, productivity and utility or gaming and entertaining company there.
More info about eligibility criteria and the event itself is found below.
Here’s how to participate
Startups must fit into one of three categories (social good, productivity and utility or gaming and entertainment) to participate. Five startups in each category will…