It’s a shout-out to all the small and medium sized enterprises in the sub-Saharan Africa, your time is running out as the TechCrunch’s inaugural startup BattleField Africa competition is about to begin in only a few weeks.
If you are interested, here is the link that will take you to the application page. The application deadline is Friday, the July 14th, 2017 latest by 5pm PST. Companies who are shortlisted to participate will be notified by August 21st, 2017.
In the Battlefield Africa, Startups can only apply on any one of the three categories, which are:
1) Social Good
2) Productivity and Utility
3) Gaming and Entertainment
As long as a company fits into any of the mentioned categories and you meet the eligibility criteria that is mentioned at the end of this post, you are absolutely encouraged to apply.
TechCrunch has also shown their excitement to partner with Facebook that is helping them to bring Battlefield to Nairobi, Kenya later this year. The Battlefield will feature several prominent startups from the region, each vying to be crowned the most promising startup in sub-Saharan Africa.
TechCrunch will host Startup Battlefield Africa in Nairobi in front of a live audience and prominent judges in each category, and we will live stream the show on TechCrunch and Facebook so the rest of the world can tune in. The judges will choose a winner in each category and select an overall winner, “Sub-Saharan Africa’s Most Promising Startup,” whose founders will win US$25,000 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.
This is a period of promising growth for the region, with online shopping site Jumia becoming the region’s first unicorn, exits becoming increasingly frequent and VCs all around the world 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. Find the eligibility criteria below:
As mentioned earlier, 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 be selected to join us onstage for the Battlefield Africa in Nairobi.
Apart from the relevance in any of the three categories, qualifying startups must:
Apart from the exposure that comes from pitching to the global TechCrunch audience, as well as the live audience of distinguished technologists, entrepreneurs and investors in Nairobi, the overall winner will receive US$25,000 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 in 2018.
No. But TechCrunch will try to find financial assistance for a startup in need of help to reach the Nairobi event.
The TechCrunch editors who run the TechCrunch Startup Battlefield competition will choose the finalists from the application pool.
TechCrunch and Facebook will select four judges for each theme. They will be noted entrepreneurs, investors and technologists with experience relevant to the category. A TechCrunch editor will moderate the judging and cast the tie-breaker ballot, if needed.
Each company will have five minutes to present. The judges will have five minutes to ask questions. Live demos are strongly encouraged.
July 14th, 2017 at 5pm PST.
Yes; in-person training and rehearsal sessions will be required, as well as in-person rehearsal on October 10th.
The pitch-off is on October 11th, 2017. There will be a reception at the end of the pitch-off, where each company will have room to exhibit and talk 1:1 with pitch-off attendees.
Residents in the following countries may apply: Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cabo Verde, Central Africa Republic, Chad, Comoros, Republic of the Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Cote d’Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Note: Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in the foregoing language, the “Applicable Countries” does not include any country to or on which the United States has embargoed goods or imposed targeted sanctions (including, but not limited to, Sudan).