Highly Coveted Startup Battlefield Heads To Kenya
For years the TechCrunch Disrupt Battlefield competition has been one of the most sought after contests to win by up and coming startups across the globe. Startups would travel to New York, San Francisco, London and Asia to participate in the Battlefield competition with a $50,000 prize. The prize isn’t even the attraction, and startups don’t have to win.
TechCrunch puts together groups of judges consisting of the most well known investors, founders and technology executives in the world to judge the competition. For some, pitching their idea to this panel is the prize itself. Of course the winning startups typically go on to raise millions of dollars.
Startups like Crate, Layer, Vurb, Liquidity, and Agrilyst have earned the Battlefield crown. Battlefield alumni include DropBox, Mint, oDesk, Trello, Yammer, Postmates and more.
TechCrunch is looking for Sub-Saharan Africa’s best innovators, makers, startups and entrepreneurs. Startups can apply here in the categories; good, productivity and utility, gaming and entertainment. The application deadline is July 14th at 5pm PST. The Kenyan competition will be held on October 11, 2017. The event is a pre-event to TechCrunch Disrupt San Francisco 2018. The winner of the event in Kenya will take home $25,000 (non-equity) and get a guaranteed place in the Battlefield competition at the San Francisco event.
TechCrunch says that qualifying startups should:
- Be early-stage companies in “launch” stage
- Be a resident from our eligible countries
- Have a fully working product/beta, reasonably close to or in production
- Have received limited press or publicity to date
- Have no known intellectual property conflicts
The countries that may apply are: Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cabo Verde, Central Africa Republic, Chad, Comoros, Republic of the Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Cote d’Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in the foregoing language, the “Applicable Countries” does not include any country to or on which the United States has embargoed goods or imposed targeted sanctions (including, but not limited to, Sudan).