Lagos to Host Startup Battlefield Africa in December

Do you know that TechCrunch is headed to Lagos to host the second Startup Battlefield Africa competition in December?

Following the first edition on the continent in Nairobi, Kenya in 2017, the platform is focused on showcasing startups from across Sub-Saharan Africa highlighting how technology is optimizing supply chains, increasing access to education, strengthening farmer’s revenues and so much more.

This year in Lagos, the Startup Battlefield competition would feature an amazing roster of speakers and panel discussions addressing the rapidly expanding startup scene on the continent.

Marieme Diop, an investor at Orange Digital Ventures Africa ( that is focused on early-stage African startups like a $16 million round for South African Fintech startup, Yoco and an $8.6 million round to business enterprise software startup, Africa’s Talking) will discuss “Venture Capital in Nigeria” while head of product at Safaricom’s Alpha incubator, Shikoh Gitau will talk about repatriating entrepreneurs. Gitau who has led a Pan-African and global search for candidates to form the incubator team will share her perspective on talent and innovation within Africa.

Some other speakers and judges at the event include Partner at Ventures Park, Kola Aina, Olugbenga Agboola (CEO & Co-founder Flutterwave), Nigeria’s former minister of communications technology and Senior Partner at TLcom Capital, Omobolanle Johnson; Jason Njoku of Iroko TV and a host of others.

Innovators, makers and technical entrepreneurs from across the continent will participate in this year’s TechCrunch Startup Battlefield Africa (startups most likely to produce an exit or IPO and startups of any kind may apply). The judges will choose a winner, “Sub-Saharan Africa’s Most Promising Startup,” and the founders will win $25,000 USD in no-equity cash plus a trip for two to compete in Startup Battlefield at TechCrunch’s flagship event, Disrupt in 2019 (assuming the company still qualifies to compete at this time).

Startup Battlefield Africa 2018 will take place December 11 in Lagos and spectator tickets are limited and on sale.

Opeyemi Olugbemiro

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