TechCrunch to Host a Startup Competition with Facebook in Nairobi

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TechCrunch is hosting a initial startup foe in Sub-Saharan Africa. We’ve wanted to move TechCrunch to Africa for a prolonged time, and now interjection to a unite Facebook, we will move a Startup Battlefield competition, to Nairobi on Oct 11 this year.

We’re looking for Sub-Saharan Africa’s best innovators, makers and technical entrepreneurs to attend in TechCrunch Battlefield Africa 2017. Startups can request to 3 categories: amicable good, capability and utility, gaming and entertainment. TechCrunch will horde a eventuality in Nairobi in front of a live assembly and tip judges, and we will live tide a uncover on TechCrunch and Facebook so a rest of a universe can balance in. The judges will name a leader in any difficulty and name an altogether winner, “Sub-Saharan Africa’s Most Promising Startup,” whose founders will win $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.

The timing for Battlefield Africa 2017 could not be better. Sub-Saharan Africa only constructed a initial unicorn, Jumia, exits are increasingly frequent, and tellurian try capitalists are holding note.

Sub-Saharan African startups are assisting unleash a region’s potential, from last-mile technologies that broach edtech, agritech, and medtech to remote areas, to mobile-based fintech innovations that palliate financial exchange and lending in bustling cities. Sub-Saharan Africa’s farrago in language, culture, politics, record and vital standards final outrageous creativity from entrepreneurs.

Sub-Saharan African startups, for example, have proven themselves quite learned during innovating with low-cost mobile applications, rather than capital-intensive, high-broadband web applications. That creates clarity in a segment where entrance to a mobile phone is mostly some-more expected than entrance to purify H2O or electricity. Innovations that can scale to fingertips globally are fueling tellurian probability and enlargement to tellurian markets.

TechCrunch is fervent to take partial in covering Africa’s burgeoning tech zone some-more fully. We adore to see startup ecosystems develop, and Battlefield is one of a best platforms in a universe to spotlight a many earnest ventures for investors, partners and even destiny employees. Our editors delicately collect a best startups to contest from hundreds of applications, and recruits universe difficulty judges to ask tough questions and collect a winners. And a Battlefield staff coaches the founders to make shining pitches on theatre during a Battlefield event

We tide a whole eventuality to viewers around a universe interjection to TechCrunch’s huge tellurian reach. (And we can gamble a partner Facebook will assistance out there too.) At a finish of a day, that’s because a 648 companies that have competed in Battlefield have lifted $6.9 billion and constructed 95 exits to date.

Here’s how to participate

Startups contingency fit into one of 3 categories (social good, capability and utility, gaming and entertainment) to participate. Five startups in any difficulty will be comparison to join us on theatre 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 assembly as good as a live assembly of renowned technologists, entrepreneurs, and investors in Nairobi, a altogether leader will accept $25,000 in no-equity money and an all-expense paid outing for dual to San Francisco to contest in Battlefield during TechCrunch’s flagship event, Disrupt SF 2018.

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 Utility — The judges will collect 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 Entertainment — The judges will collect 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 14th, 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 chairman training and operation sessions will be required, as good in-person operation on Oct 10th.

What else do we need to know?
The pitch-off is on Oct 11th, 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.

What 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!