AOL’s TechCrunch is set to host Startup Battlefield in Nairobi, its first startup competition in Sub-Saharan Africa on October 11 this year to fish out for Sub-Saharan Africa’s best innovator, maker and technical entrepreneur.

Sponsored by Facebook, TechCrunch’s Startup Battlefield Africa 2017 is open to startups from across Africa and the winner will take home $25,000 equity-free cash plus an all-expense paid trip for two to compete in the Battlefield at TechCrunch’s flagship event, Disrupt SF 2018 in San Fransisco.

“We’ve wanted to bring TechCrunch to Africa for a long time, and now thanks to our sponsor Facebook, we will bring the to Nairobi,” posted Samantha Stein. Stein added that Startup Battlefield is looking for startups in social good, productivity and utility, gaming and entertainment categories. The event will be live-streamed on TechCrunch and Facebook.

“TechCrunch is eager to take part in covering Africa’s burgeoning tech sector more fully,” wrote Stein. “We love to see startup ecosystems develop, and Battlefield is one of the best platforms in the world to spotlight the most promising ventures for investors, partners and even future employees.”

TechCrunch editors will carefully pick the best startups to compete from hundreds of applications and Battlefield staff will coach the selected founders to make brilliant pitches on stage at the event and then judges from Facebook, TechCrunch and local partners will do their thing. Read the entire post here.

Just to remind you why you need to apply, TechCrunch says the 648 companies that have competed in Battlefield have raised $6.9 billion and produced 95 exits to date so  go ahead and apply here or simply refer you friends, enemies, in-laws and outlaws to [email protected]
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