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TechCrunch is pulling a first in sub-Saharan Africa, hosting its Startup Battlefield in Nairobi, Kenya on October 11, 2017.

The competition will be looking to fish out the best of the best innovators, inventors, makers, founders, and technical entrepreneurs the sub-Saharan Africa has to offer.

Facebook is sponsoring the Startup Battlefield Africa 2017, and all startups from across the continent are invited to apply. The first place winner will walk home with $25,000 in equity funding plus an all-expense paid trip for two to the Battlefield competition at TechCrunch flagship startup championship, the Disrupt SF 2018 2018 in San Francisco, USA.

We’ve wanted to bring TechCrunch to Africa for a long time, and now thanks to our sponsor Facebook, we will bring it to Nairobi,” wrote Samantha Stein on TechCrunch.

“TechCrunch is eager to take part in covering Africa’s burgeoning tech sector more fully. 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.”

Stein goes further to offer clarity on what exactly the Startup Battlefield Africa 2017 will be looking for; startups in entertainment, productivity and utility, social goodand gaming categories. The TechCrunch editors will be the select out the best startups that will be selected to compete in the Battlefield. As you can image from the hundreds of applications the competition is expected to receive, these editors have their work cut out for them.

Successful applicants will go through coaching by the Battlefield staff who will help you in preparing and delivering on your pitches on stage at the event. Then judges from TechCrunch and Facebook, and local partners will judge away and crown the winners. More information at this link.

People around the world will view this competition via Facebook and TechCrunch live streams. You might want to know the following facts about the Startup Battlefield; TechCrunch confirms that 648 companies that have passed through the Battlefield have gone ahead and raised $6.9 billion.

That said, do you really need more reasons as to why you should apply for this competition? To apply, click here now.

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