Come December 11, our eyes will be locked on Lagos, Nigeria as 15 of the continent’s best startups launch to the world at Startup Battlefield Africa.
The day-long event would see each of the 15 teams pitch and demo their products to a panel of judges within six minutes. The judges would then run the founders through a questioning session. Up to five teams will qualify for the finals. The winner, “Sub-Saharan Africa’s Most Promising Startup” will have its founders presented with the $25,000 prize. The winning ticket comes with a trip for two to compete in Startup Battlefield at Disrupt, TechCrunch’s flagship event in 2019.
The event is hosted by TechCrunch with sponsors including IBM Research, TechCabal, Mall For Africa, among others.
Judges for the event include Titi Odunfa Adeoye; founder and managing director of Sankore Investments, Temi Marcella Awogboro; co-founder of investment club Kairos Angels, Tahira Dosani; the managing director of Accion Venture Lab, and Gaurav Dosi who is the product management lead for Jobs on Facebook.
The maiden edition of Startup Battlefield Africa was held last year, in Nairobi with startups from across the Sub-Saharan continent highlighting how technology is optimizing supply chains, increasing access to education, strengthening farmer’s revenues, and many much more.