We’d be hard-pressed to search out one thing we like to cowl greater than a quickly evolving tech startup ecosystem. That’s one of many large causes we’re so excited to be heading again to Africa — particularly Lagos, Nigeria — to host TechCrunch Startup Battlefield Africa 2018 on December 11. With greater than 300 tech hubs throughout the continent connecting and mentoring entrepreneurs and innovators, it’s a first-rate time to be a startup in Africa — and the proper time to launch your startup to the world. Apply proper right here, proper now.
Final yr, our first Startup Battlefield Africa passed off in Nairobi, Kenya and featured 15 superb startups, with one winner in three completely different classes. This yr, we’re tweaking the format a bit, so right here’s what you must know.
Any kind of tech startup might apply. Extremely discerning TechCrunch editors will evaluation the purposes and select the 15 startups they deem almost certainly to supply an exit or IPO. The founders of the competing groups will obtain free pitch teaching from TechCrunch, and so they’ll be able to face a panel of judges (recruited by our editors), all consultants of their classes.
5 startups will compete in certainly one of three preliminary rounds the place they are going to have six minutes to pitch and current their demo. The judges will then have six minutes to ask questions. The judges will choose 5 of the 15 startups to pitch a second time, and from that elite group of 5 comes one general winner of TechCrunch Startup Battlefield Africa 2018.
Along with an intense quantity of media and investor curiosity, the founders of the profitable startup will obtain US$25,000 in no-equity money plus a visit for 2 to compete in Startup Battlefield in San Francisco at our flagship occasion, TechCrunch Disrupt 2019 (assuming the corporate nonetheless qualifies to compete on the time).
Are you as excited as we’re? Do you wish to launch your startup to the world? Able to submit your software? Right here’s what you must learn about eligibility. Startups ought to:
- Be early-stage firms in “launch” stage
- Be headquartered in certainly one of our eligible nations*
- Have a totally working product/beta, moderately near or in manufacturing
- Have acquired restricted press or publicity to this point
- Haven’t any identified mental property conflicts
*Residents within the following nations might apply:
Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cabo 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. However something on the contrary within the foregoing language, the “Applicable Countries” doesn’t embody any nation to or on which the US has embargoed items or imposed focused sanctions (together with, however not restricted to, Sudan).