Facebook returns as the headline sponsor of TechCrunch Startup Battlefield Africa 2018

It is no longer news that TechCrunch is coming back to Africa to hold its Startup Battlefield competition dedicated to the African continent.

This time, the event will hold in Lagos, Nigeria, on Tuesday, December 11, 2019, and according to Tech Crunch, the program will showcase the launch of 15 of the hottest startups in Africa onstage for the first time.

Facebook in a statement earlier this week says it will support TechCrunch Startup Battlefield 2018, which 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, to boost and celebrate African innovation.

According to Facebook’s Head of Developer Programmes, Emeka Afikpo, the support was in line with the online social media and social networking service company’s commitment to growing Africa’s technology start-up ecosystem.

“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,” Afikpo said.

The event sees start-ups compete across three categories: social good; productivity and utility; and gaming and 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.

Facebook representatives from Africa and beyond will be on the ground to celebrate, connect, listen and learn from various communities as well as take part in a series of workshops, networking sessions and talks.
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