TechCrunch, an international technology organization has deemed it fit to start up something new in Africa for the African early-stage startups. TechCrunch is however not going solo on this one. TechCrunch has partnered with leading social media giant, Facebook on this project.
TechCrunch is planning what it calls TechCrunch Battlefield Africa 2017. As the name implies, it’s going to witness different startups in Africa competing for the grand prize. It promises to be mind-blowing putting to full consideration the international status of TechCrunch and Facebook.
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The Battlefield 2017 is available for application to early-stage startups in several countries across the continent. The 47 countries that are eligible for the inaugural edition of the contest include: Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central Africa Republic, Chad, Comoros, Republic of the Congo, Democratic Republic of the 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.
The startups from these nations mentioned above are expected to fall in three sections. Social good, Productivity and Utility, Gaming and Entertainment are the three sections the early-stage must fall in.
The timing for Battlefield Africa 2017 could not be better. Sub-Saharan Africa just produced its first unicorn, Jumia, exits are increasingly frequent, and global venture capitalists are taking note,” TechCrunch’s post stated.
The post also stated, “…TechCrunch is eager to take part in covering Africa’s burgeoning tech sector more fully. We love to see startup ecosystems develop, and Battlefield is one of the best platforms in the world to spotlight the most promising ventures for investors, partners and even future employees.”
The three sections will witness 15 finalists selected, with 5 falling into each section. At the end of the competition, a winner from each section will be announced. What makes this inaugural edition of TechCrunch Battlefield Africa unique is that there will also be an overall winner.
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The final event of the contest will be hold in October 2017 at Nairobi, Kenya. The winners of the contest will receive cash prizes as well as other breath-taking benefits.