Startup Battlefield Africa

Startup Battlefield Africa 2018 (Finding the Best Startups)

TechCrunch is headed to Lagos to host their second Startup Battlefield Africa competition on December 11th. Last year, they held their first Startup Battlefield Africa in Nairobi where startups from across the Sub-Saharan continent highlighted how technology is optimizing supply chains, increasing access to education, strengthening farmer’s revenues, and so much more.

Startup Battlefield Africa 2018, Lagos

TechCrunch is looking for Sub-Saharan Africa’s best innovators, makers, and technology entrepreneurs to participate in this year’s TechCrunch Startup Battlefield Africa. They’re looking for startups most likely to produce an exit or IPO and startups of any kind may apply.

Startup Battlefield Africa

Five startups will compete in one of three preliminary rounds where they will have six minutes to pitch and present their demo. The judges will then have six minutes to ask questions. The judges will select five of the 15 startups to pitch a second time, and from that elite group of five comes one overall winner of TechCrunch Startup Battlefield Africa 2018.


  • In addition to an intense amount of media and investor interest, the founders of the winning startup will receive US$25,000 in no-equity cash plus a trip for two to compete in Startup Battlefield in San Francisco at their flagship event, TechCrunch Disrupt 2019 (assuming the company still qualifies to compete at the time).


Are you as excited as they are? Do you want to launch your startup in the world? Ready to submit your application? Here’s what you need to know about eligibility.

  • Be early-stage companies in “launch” stage
  • Have a fully working product/beta, reasonably close to or in production
  • Have received limited press or publicity to date
  • Have no known intellectual property conflicts

How to Apply

Pretty standard stuff, right? So now that you’ve got that detail out of the way, don’t waste another moment. We want to see you strut your startup stuff in Lagos, Nigeria on December 11.

Click right here to compete in Startup Battlefield Africa 2018.

Deadline: 10th September 2018

*Residents in the following countries may 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, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in the foregoing language, the “Applicable Countries” does not include any country to or on which the United States has embargoed goods or imposed targeted sanctions.


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