Alright, sub-Saharan African startups, you’re unequivocally good during procrastinating. But if we wish to get in on a inaugural Startup Battlefield Africa, a time to act is now.
Seriously. Right now. Tomorrow is a final day to contention an focus to a Battlefield, so be certain to get over to a focus page right now and get your focus in. The focus page can be found here.
As a reminder, startups can request to one of 3 categories: amicable good, capability and focus or gaming and entertainment. As prolonged as your association fits into one of these categories and we accommodate a eligibility criteria during a bottom of this post, we are speedy to apply.
We’re vehement to be partnering with Facebook to move a shining startup competition, a Startup Battlefield, to Nairobi, Kenya after this year. The Battlefield will underline several renowned startups from a region, any opposed to be crowned a many promising startup in sub-Saharan Africa.
The Battlefield will be hold in front of a live assembly as good as renowned judges representing any category. We will also be live streaming a uncover on TechCrunch and Facebook so a rest of a universe can balance in.
Our judges will name a leader in any difficulty and afterwards name an altogether winner, “Sub-Saharan Africa’s Most Promising Startup.” The association that wins a altogether foe will secure $25,000 USD in no-equity money and an all-expense paid outing for dual to San Francisco to contest in a Battlefield during TechCrunch’s flagship event, Disrupt SF 2018 (assuming a association still qualifies to contest during this time).
We’re generally vehement to be hosting this eventuality during a duration of earnest expansion for a region. Sub-Saharan Africa only constructed a initial unicorn, online selling site Jumia, exits in a segment are increasingly visit and VCs all around a universe are holding notice.
The Startup Battlefield Africa eventuality will take place Oct 11 in Nairobi, Kenya during a plcae to be announced. We wish to see we and your earnest amicable good, capability and focus or gaming and interesting association there.
More info about eligibility criteria and a eventuality itself is listed below.
Here’s how to participate
Startups contingency fit into one of 3 categories (social good, capability and focus or gaming and entertainment) to participate. Five startups in any difficulty will be comparison to join us onstage for a Battlefield Africa in Nairobi.
Apart from transparent aptitude to one of a 3 themes, subordinate startups should:
- Be early-stage companies in “launch” stage
- Be a proprietor from a authorised countries
- Have a entirely operative product/beta, pretty tighten to or in production
- Have perceived singular press or broadside to date
- Have no famous egghead skill conflicts
What do a winners receive?
Apart from a bearing that comes from pitching to a tellurian TechCrunch audience, as good as a live assembly of renowned technologists, entrepreneurs and investors in Nairobi, a altogether leader will accept US$25,000 in no-equity money and an all-expense paid outing for dual to San Francisco to contest in a Battlefield during TechCrunch’s flagship event, Disrupt SF in 2018 (assuming a association still qualifies to contest during this time).
Are costs to attend a pitch-off covered?
No, though TechCrunch will try to find financial assistance for a startup in need of assistance to strech a Nairobi event.
Who picks a startups that will compete?
The TechCrunch editors who run a TechCrunch Startup Battlefield foe will name a finalists from a focus pool.
Who will decider a pitch-offs?
TechCrunch and Facebook will name 4 judges for any theme. They will be remarkable entrepreneurs, investors and technologists with knowledge applicable to a category. A TechCrunch editor will assuage a judging and expel a tie-breaker ballot, if needed.
What is a pitch-off format?
Each association will have 5 mins to present. The judges will have 5 mins to ask questions. Live demos are strongly encouraged.
What are a judging criteria?
Productivity and Utility — The judges will collect a startup with a product or use many expected to go into full blurb prolongation and have a biggest impact on tellurian intensity and/or a largest exit.
Social Good — The judges will demeanour for a startup with a product many expected to catalyze amicable and mercantile growth by technology.
Gaming and Entertainment — The judges will collect a startup with a product or use many expected to see far-reaching consumer adoption and have possibly a biggest exit and/or impact on gaming and entertainment.
When is a focus deadline?
July 21st, 2017 during 5pm PST.
When will we forewarn a finalists?
August 21st, 2017 during 5pm PST.
Will TechCrunch’s group assistance ready startups for a pitch-off?
Yes; in-person training and operation sessions will be required, as good as in-person operation on Oct 10th.
What else do we need to know?
The pitch-off is on Oct 11, 2017. There will be a accepting during a finish of a pitch-off, where any association will have room to vaunt and speak 1:1 with pitch-off attendees.
Which countries are eligible?
Residents in a following countries might apply: Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cabo Verde, Central Africa Republic, Chad, Comoros, Republic of a Congo, Democratic Republic of a 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.
Notwithstanding anything to a discordant in a foregoing language, a “Applicable Countries” does not embody any nation to or on that a United States has embargoed products or imposed targeted sanctions (including, though not singular to, Sudan).
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See we in Nairobi!
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