Announcing the agenda for TechCrunch’s Startup Battlefield Africa!

TechCrunch and Facebook are collaborating to bring TechCrunch’s very first Startup Battlefield to Nairobi, on October 11. The pitch-off competition will feature startups from all over Africa in three categories: Productivity and Utility, Social Good, and Gaming and Entertainment. Top notch investors and founders, as well as TechCrunch editors, will serve as judges to pick the winners in each category as well as an overall winner – the best early stage startup in sub-Saharan Africa. We’ll also have a great line-up speakers and networking opportunities to round out the day.

Today we’re excited to announce the day’s agenda and our Battlefield judges, which are below, and we also encourage startup folks to get tickets for the show. The good news is that tickets are free, but due to limited seating in the Nairobi venue anyone interested must apply. Follow this link to the application page, answer a few short questions, and we will be back in touch with your ticket to attend if we can fit you in.

TechCrunch Startup Battlefield Africa

Nairobi , Wednesday Oct. 11

9:00 AM – 9:05 AM
Opening Remarks: Matt Burns (TechCrunch)

9:05 AM – 9:30 AM
Africa Unicorn: How Do We Produce the Next African Unicorn?
In conversation with Eghosa Omoigui (EchoVC Partners), Tayo Oviosu (Paga) and Sacha Poignonnec (Jumia)

9:30 AM – 9:35 AM
How the Startup Battlefield Works with Matt Burns (TechCrunch)

9:35 AM – 10:35 AM
Startup Battlefield Africa Session 1: Productivity and Utility
Judges: Wale Ayeni (International Finance Corporation), Aaron Fu (Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology), Andreata Muforo (TLcom Capital), Lexi Novitske (Singularity Investments) and Eghosa Omoigui (EchoVC Partners)

10:35 AM – 10:55 AM

10:55 AM – 11:20 AM
Connectivity: Solving Africa’s Connectivity Equation
In conversation with Kamal Bhattacharya (Safaricom), Erik Hersman (BRCK), Bitange Ndemo (University of Nairobi) and Uche Ofodile (

11:20 AM – 12:20 PM
Startup Battlefield Africa Session 2: Gaming and Entertainment
Judges: Kamal Bhattacharya (Safaricom), Monique Idlett-Mosley (Reign Venture Capital), Leo Stiegeler (Ringier Africa AG) and Chris Savides (ShowMax)

12:20 PM – 12:45 PM
Development: Will Startups Solve Africa’s Biggest Development Problems?
In conversation with Dr. Solomon Assefa (IBM Research – Africa), Rebecca Enonchong (AppsTech), Wambui Kinya (Andela) and Juliana Rotich (Africa Tech Ventures, BRCK)

12:45 PM – 1:45 PM

1:45 PM to 2:45 PM
Startup Battlefield Africa Session 3: Social Good
Judges: Shuonan Chen (Agile Venture Capital), Yariv Cohen (Ignite Power, Kaenaat), Tomi Davies (Lagos Angels Network, African Business Angel Network), Isis Nyong’o Madison (Asphalt & Ink) and Alexia Tsotsis (investor and former co-Editor, TechCrunch)

2:45 PM – 3:10 PM
Creative Industries: Digitizing Africa’s Creative Industries
In conversation with Blinky Bill (Just a Band), Graeme Cumming (MultiChoice), Monique Idlett-Mosley (Reign Venture Capital) and Samuel Mensah (Kisua)

3:10 PM – 3:40 PM
Facebook Session: Keynote & Fireside Chat
Ime Archibong (VP Platform Partnerships, Facebook)

3:40 PM – 4:25 PM
Facebook Session: The Startup Journey to Success
Facebook’s Emeka Afigbo (Head of Middle East and Africa, Platform Partnerships) in conversation with Chijioke Dozie (Co-founder and CEO, OneFi), Mark Essien (Founder and CEO, and Eric Thimba (Co-founder and CEO, MOOKH)

4:25 PM – 4:45 PM

4:45 PM – 4:55 PM
Startup Battlefield Winners Announced

4:55 PM – 5:00 PM

5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

As for the companies that will appear on stage, the names will be announced on October 11.

Startup Battlefield Africa starts at 9:00 AM EAT on October 11. The event will be live-streamed on TechCrunch. Be sure to tune in.