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We’re looking for a few good startups formed in sub-Saharan Africa to attend in a initial Startup Battlefield Africa, and all we startup folks out there in a segment aren’t going to wish to skip this.

TechCrunch is 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.

Startups can request to one of 3 categories: amicable good; capability and utility; and 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 request no after than July 14, 2017 during 5pm PST.

The focus page can be found here, and those companies comparison to attend will be told by Aug 21.

TechCrunch will horde Startup Battlefield Africa in Nairobi in front of a live assembly and renowned judges in any category, 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 eventuality Disrupt SF 2018.

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 utility, or gaming and interesting association there.

More info about eligibility criteria and a eventuality itself is below.

How to participate

Startups contingency fit into one of 3 categories (social good, capability and utility, or gaming and entertainment) to participate. Five startups in any difficulty will be comparison to join us onstage for 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 $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.

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 list 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 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-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 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!

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