African Innovators Slog it Out As Facebook Sets Stage For TechCrunch In Nigeria

In line with its commitment to growing Africa’s technology start-up ecosystem and its passion for developing diverse young talents, Facebook is returning as the headline sponsor of TechCrunch Startup Battlefield Africa 2018.

The event which will take place in Lagos, Nigeria, will search for Sub-Saharan Africa’s best innovators, makers and technical entrepreneurs.

On December 11, TechCrunch Startup Battlefield supported by Facebook will bring together the strongest start-ups from across Sub-Saharan Africa, where they will pitch to a live audience of 500 people ranging from VCs, investors, government officials and developers.

TechCrunch Startup Battlefield Africa sees start-ups compete across three categories: social good; productivity & utility; and gaming & entertainment. It profiles the founders and entrepreneurs leading Africa’s next wave of technology innovation and highlights new ideas, businesses, and applications with disruptive potential.

Speaking on the event, Facebook’s Head of Developer Programs, Emeka Afigbo said: “Following the great success of the inaugural TechCrunch Startup Battlefield event in 2017, we are delighted to return as the headline sponsor for this year’s event. Given our passion for connecting people and helping developers and entrepreneurs to thrive, we can’t wait to see how this year’s entrants are using technology to engage and empower people across the continent.”

Other events to be hosted by Facebook over the week include a Digital Pitch Competition, Aspiring Entrepreneurs; Startups and Developers Summit 2018 by Developer Circle Nigeria which Brings together 600 attendees, and hosted by Facebook Developer Leads; a social gathering bringing together Start-ups from across the ecosystem, the NG_Hub Start-up Mixer and Student Hack, organized In partnership with Re:Learn.


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