You have probably heard of TechCrunch’s Disrupt or Battlefield or any startup pitchfest in your city. Our friends at TechCabal, Nigeria’s fastest online tech publication, have announced their inaugural version dubbed TechCabal Battlefield.
Set to be held Wednesday 19th February 2014 at Terra Kulture, Victoria Island, Lagos as part of the activities of Social Media Week Lagos 2014, TechCabal Battlefield will see promising startups compete with each other to finals then pitch before a panel of judges, press, investors and the general public. The winning startup will walk home with 10,000 while the runner’s up will get other prizes and guaranteed media coverage.
In a statement to the media, Bankole Oluwafemi, Editor TechCabal.com said, “We’ve spent about a year covering startups in Nigeria and want to help discover the next big startup. To this end, we’ve partnered with Social Media Week Lagos, Stanbic IBTC, Jobberman, VC4Africa, Memeburn and and others to bring the first of this kind of event to Nigeria.”
“The Battlefield is another TechCabal contribution to the African startup ecosystem,” he added.
For a startup to join the competition, it shouldn’t have raised over $200,000 in funding and shouldn’t be more that 2 years in existence. Oluwafemi and the partners believe that the competition is a unique opportunity for investors to discover the next generation of startups – a great business opportunity to get in on attractive deals early.
UPDATE: This post has been updated to show that TechCabal Battlefield is interested in startups that have raised no more than $200,000. Thus startups are eligible if they have not raised any funding, or have raised funding, but not up to $200,000.