Showcasing Facebook’s passion for investing in creative, diverse talent across Africa, and nurturing the tech and startup ecosystem, Facebook announced the week-long celebration of activities as part of its sponsorship of TechCrunch's Startup Battlefield Africa 2017.
In the first event of its kind on the continent, TechCrunch's Startup Battlefield Africa 2017, will search for the best innovators, makers and technical entrepreneurs in Sub Saharan Africa. The event will see entrepreneurs and developers compete across three categories: social good; productivity and utility; and gaming and entertainment. It will tell the founders’ stories, uncovering the next wave of disruptive innovations and putting African invention under the global spotlight.
Ned Desmond, COO, TechCrunch adds, “We're really pleased to be able to bring the first Startup Battlefield to Africa. This is an exciting event, with opportunities to discover the creativity, talent and imagination of startups from across the continent. TechCrunch has held events across the world, and being able to hold Battlefield Africa is a natural progression. We can't wait to see the results.”
Commenting on the partnership, Ime Archibong, Facebook's vice president of partnerships said: “Our partnership with TechCrunch on Africa's first ever Startup Battlefield event is a natural fit. We're big believers in supporting and developing young, creative, diverse talent, and we also have a passion for supporting small businesses and startups as they grow, and nowhere is this more exciting than in the rich, diverse continent that is Africa.”
The Facebook team will be in Nairobi, Kenya from 9-12 October to take part in and host a number of events aimed at connecting, listening and learning from the startup and wider tech community:
“With more than a billion people in Africa, we want to do more to enable businesses in the region to connect with people,” said Emeka Afigbo, Facebook’s head of platform partnerships for Middle East and Africa. “We are excited to be part of a showcase of how African developers and tech entrepreneurs are empowering people and growing the economy.”