TechCrunch will be holding its first ever startup event in Africa and give Sub-Saharan startups a chance to win $25,000 in a non-equity fund. Winners of the event will also get the chance to compete on a bigger stage at TechCrunch’s flagship Battlefield event, Disrupt SF 2018 in San Francisco. TechCrunch Startup Battlefield Africa is sponsored by Facebook and the winners will join quite impressive alumni of startups including Dropbox, Trello, and Cloudflare among others.
To qualify for Startup Battlefield Africa you should be from a Sub-Saharan country and have an innovation in one of the three categories below:
- PRODUCTIVITY & UTILITY: Startups with the product or service most likely to go into full commercial production and have the biggest impact on human potential and/or the largest exit.
- SOCIAL GOOD: Startups with the product most likely to catalyze social development through technology.
- GAMING & ENTERTAINMENT: Startups with the product or service most likely to see wide consumer adoption and have either the biggest exit and/or impact on gaming and entertainment.
Apart from the above, to be eligible startups should meet the following criteria:
- Be early-stage companies in “launch” stage
- Be a resident of eligible countries (Sub-Sahara, yes Zimbabwe is included)
- Have a fully working product/beta, reasonably close to or in production
- Should not have received much publicity to date
- Have no known intellectual property conflicts
Apply for TechCrunch Startup Battlefield Africa
Applications are open for TechCrunch Startup Battlefield Africa. Applications are open until July 14th, 2017 at 5pm PST (July 15th at 2am CAT). Finalists will be notified on August 21st, 2017 at 5pm PST.
Why Zimbabwean Startups should apply
Zimbabwean startups have not really had much success on a global scale in the past. However, of late there has been much improvement with startups like Dr CADx attracting a lot of international media attention and doing quite well on the international startup scene.