TechCrunch is bringing its second Startup Battlefield Africa competition to Lagos, Nigeria. The program will be held on the 11rh December 2018. Last year, the first Startup Battlefield Africa was hosted in Nairobi, Kenya, and it featured 15 Startups from all over Africa.
TechCrunch Startup Battlefield Africa hunts for Africa’s best innovators, creators and technology entrepreneurs. This year, the competition will centre on startups that are most likely to produce an exit or IPO. The event will be hosted in front of a live audience and top judges, and the show will be covered on TechCrunch. The judges will choose a winner for the category “Sub-Saharan Africa’s Most Promising Startup,” and the founders will win $25,000.
Any type of tech startup may apply. TechCrunch editors will review the applications and choose the 15 startups they deem most likely to produce an exit or IPO. The founders of the competing teams will receive free pitch coaching from TechCrunch, to get them prepared to pitch their idea before the panel of judges.
- An applicant must be an early-stage company in the “launch” stage.
- The startup must be headquartered in one of the eligible countries.
- It must have a fully working product/beta, reasonably close to or in production.
- Have received limited press or publicity to date.
- Have no known intellectual property conflicts.
How to Apply
In addition to an intense amount of media and investor interest, the founders of the winning startup will receive US$25,000 in no-equity cash plus a trip for two to compete in Startup Battlefield in San Francisco at the flagship event, TechCrunch Disrupt 2019 (assuming the company still qualifies to compete at the time). Every participating team also receives invaluable media exposure and a chance to network with business leaders and innovators.