TechCrunch Start up BattleField Africa

Last week the achievements of a fast growing community of African Tech Entrepreneurs and developers was celebrated by Facebook at the first of its kind – TechCrunch Start Up Battle Field in Africa which was also sponsored by Facebook. In course of the event, TechCrunch also hosted a week long of activities bringing under one canopy Inspiring African Start Ups, Developers, Influencers and community leaders to exchange ideas, learn and connect. With the spotlight on Africa’s creative, diversity of talents and vibrant technology companies that are creating products and solving problems both locally and globally. TechCrunch’s Startup Battlefield Africa saw 15 startups battle it out to win a US$25,000 prize. Nairobi-based Lori Systems, with its product and service in the Productivity and Utility category, was crowned the overall winner for its logistics and cargo platform for African businesses.

The TechCrunch’s Startup Battlefield Africa saw 15 startups battle it out to win a US$25,000 prize. The Nairobi-based Lori Systems, offering product and service in the Productivity and Utility category, emerged the overall winner because of its logistics and cargo platform for African Businesses.

Winners of TechCrunch Battle Field Africa
Winners of TechCrunch Battle Field Africa

For the Gaming and Entertainment category; the emerged winner was the Ghanaian based SynCommerce which allows users to list and manage their products and inventory across multiple sales platforms like Shopify, eBay, Etsy. And Ghanaian based AgroCenta; an online market place for African farmers bagged the winner Award for Social Good Category.

Co Founder and Chief Executive Officer of a Nigeria based start up, Delivery Science; Mr Lanre Oyedotun said  “It’s a great experience to be part of Battlefield. It’s encouraging that global brands like Facebook and TechCrunch are recognizing the talent in Africa. Our solution, FieldInsight, helps large organizations get visibility into their field operations. To be able to showcase this on a Pan-African platform is a privilege. Also speaking at the event was Facebook’s Vice-President of Patnerships Mr Ime Archibong who said  “Congratulations to all the finalists. I’ve been so impressed with what I’ve seen today. Africa truly is a continent with remarkable creativity and talent – it was amazing to see some of Africa’s best innovators, makers, and technical entrepreneurs showcase their disruptive innovations and tell their stories. I’m looking forward to what Africans will produce in the years to come – truly global products that will become household names.” 

Other highlights marking the event where:

Facebook Platform Meetup: Brought together entrepreneurs, developers and senior leaders at early- mid-stage startups in Kenya to learn how facebook’s Platform products can help to accelerate their businesses.

Facebook Developer Circles Africa Masterclass: a three-day training course which brought together 25 Developer Circle leaders from across Sub Saharan Africa.

Developer Circles Nairobi Meetup:  celebrating passing its 1,000 member mark, and its sixth meetup, this brought together the Nairobi Developer Circle community in an evening of networking.

Women In Tech Event: designed to engage with influential women working in Nairobi’s technology ecosystem and to share Facebook’s mission on Diversity.

Facebook Community Event: brought together 12 interesting Facebook community leaders from across Nairobi, including Benard Azegere founder of the Kenyan Ice Hockey League.

SMB, Agency And Content Creators Workshops: workshops which provided advice to Kenyan entrepreneurs, agencies and SMB’s on how to grow their business using Instagram and Facebook

Emeka Afibo who is  Facebook’s Head of Platform Partnerships for Middle East & Africa in conclusion said “Facebook emerged from a vibrant startup ecosystem which enabled us to innovate and grow quickly,” He continued saying “By supporting events like TechCrunch’s Startup Battlefield Africa 2017, and bringing together an array of Facebook events over the week, our aim is to continually nurture the truly exciting tech ecosystem in Africa.”