Facebook Moves to Support African Innovation as Social Media Firm Sponsors 2018 Edition of ‘TechCrunch Startup Battlefield’ Event in Lagos, Nigeria

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Facebook, the famous United States-based social media giant, will once again return as the headline sponsor of an event dubbed TechCrunch Startup Battlefield Africa.

The company’s sponsorship agreement is in line with its commitment to growing Africa’s technology start-up ecosystem and its passion for developing diverse, young talent. The 2018 edition of the event, which will take place in Lagos, Nigeria, will search for Sub-Saharan Africa’s best innovators, makers and technical entrepreneurs.

TechCrunch Startup Battlefield Africa 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.

On December 11th, 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.

Facebook representatives from Africa and beyond will be on the ground to celebrate, where they will be connecting, listening and learning from various communities as well as taking part in an exciting series of workshops, networking sessions and talks between the 6th and the 11th of December.

“Following the great success of the inaugural TechnCrunch Startup Battlefield event in 2017, we are delighted to return as the headline sponsor for this year’s event,” commented Emeka Afigbo, Facebook’s Head of Developer Programs.

“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,” said Afigbo.


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