Nairobi, October 11, 2017

Calling all Startups in Sub-Saharan Africa 

The African continent is rich with diversity – in language, culture, and perspectives – which has fostered innovation and creativity across a broad spectrum of categories. TechCrunch is bringing its experience with Startup Battlefield, one of the world’s premier startup competitions, to Sub-Saharan Africa to discover great early stage companies that have created technology to solve problems and develop the ecosystem within the region.

Productivity & Utility

Startups with the product or service most likely to go into full commercial production and have the biggest impact on human potential and/or the largest exit.

Social Good

Startups with the product most likely to catalyze social development through technology.

Gaming & Entertainment

Startups with the product or service most likely to see wide consumer adoption and have either the biggest exit and/or impact on gaming and entertainment.

For more information about the pitch-off competition and FAQs, click here.

Throw Your Hat In The Ring

We’re looking for the best early stage pre-launch startups to launch on our stage in Nairobi this October for a chance to win $25,000 and automatic consideration for Startup Battlefield at TechCrunch Disrupt San Francisco 2018. Applications are now closed.

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Join Us In Person

We’re looking for some hard-core TechCrunch fans to join us for this event on October 11. Not only will attendees be able to see in person which startup will win Startup Battlefield, but we’ll also have several discussions on the hottest tech topics with top tech leaders. We have a limited number of seats available so apply for a chance to get a ticket to secure a seat at the venue.


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