Snap up a spectator ticket to Startup Battlefield Africa 2018

Don’t miss your chance to bear witness as a cohort of sub-Saharan Africa’s exceptional entrepreneurs launch their early-stage tech startups to the world. Startup Battlefield Africa 2018, our premier pitch competition, takes place on 11 December in Lagos, Nigeria.

Join us to cheer on the competitors and enjoy a series of outstanding panel discussions from the region’s top tech and VC leaders. Spectator tickets cost $10 + VAT — they’re going fast, so grab your tickets today.

With more than 300 technology hubs connecting entrepreneurs across Africa, the continent’s startup scene continues to evolve and grow rapidly, which makes it an exciting time and place to be an early-stage startup founder or investor. That’s why — in addition to the Startup Battlefield competition — we’ve added exciting panel discussions to this action-packed day. We recruited a slate of experts to share their insight, discuss emerging trends and talk about what it takes to succeed in Africa’s diverse startup ecosystem.

You’ll hear from leading founders and investors alike. Here’s a sample of what to expect, and be sure to check out the full list of speakers.

  • Chris Folayan, the founder and CEO of Mall for Africa, a global economy e-commerce infrastructure company that lets Africans buy directly from international online retailers in the U.S. and Europe, as well as local online retailers in Africa
  • Nichole Yembra, chief financial, risk and investment officer for Venture Garden Group (VGG) and a managing partner at GreenHouse Capital
  • Olaoluwa Samuel-Biyi, co-founder at SureGifts, a Nigeria-based gift card retailer and technology provider

Of course, Startup Battlefield is the star of the show, and here’s a brief rundown of how it works. The format consists of three preliminary rounds with up to five startups going head-to-head in each round. Teams have just six minutes to pitch and present a live demo to a panel of judges consisting of top tech founders and VCs. Following each pitch, the judges get six minutes to ask in-depth questions.

No more than five teams move to the finals, where they’ll pitch again to a new set of judges — and answer a second round of Q&A. The judges confer and select one outstanding startup as the TechCrunch Startup Battlefield Africa 2018 champion. The winning founders receive US$25,000 in no-equity cash, plus a trip for two to compete in Startup Battlefield in San Francisco at TechCrunch Disrupt 2019 (assuming the company still qualifies to compete at the time).

The TechCrunch Startup Battlefield Africa 2018 action takes place in Lagos, Nigeria on 11 December. Tickets are limited; when they’re gone, you’re out of luck. Buy your spectator ticket today. We can’t wait to see you in Lagos!

48-hours only: Early-bird prices for Disrupt Berlin 2018

Das ist super geil — this is awesome! Early-bird prices for Disrupt Berlin 2018 passes have returned to the roost. But you need to act fast, because our time-sensitive offer expires in just 48 hours. This opportunity translates to serious savings in any language — up to €500. Here’s even more good news. During this sale, anyone who buys a Startup Alley Exhibitor pass will receive three Founder passes instead of two.

The sale clock starts on 15 November at 12:00 a.m. and ends on 16 November at 11:59 p.m. (CET). Don’t waste another minute. Jump on this 48-hour flash sale and buy early-bird passes to Disrupt Berlin 2018 before they go extinct.

If there’s one thing you’ll find in abundance at Disrupt Berlin, it’s opportunity. From top-tier speakers and world-class networking to deep-dive panel discussions and Startup Battlefield — our world-renowned pitch competition — Disrupt Berlin is packed with people and events that shape the tech startup industry.

There’s no shortage of reasons to attend Disrupt, but don’t take our word for it. Listen to what your peers say about their Disrupt experience:

  • “TechCrunch Disrupt is one of the best startup conferences. It’s massive but so well organized, and the media exposure is much better than at other events. It’s a great place for startups to network for leads, investors, industry contacts and partnerships.” — Jana Rosenfelder, COO, Actijoy
  • “The exposure we received at TechCrunch Disrupt completely changed our trajectory and made it easier to raise funds and jump to the next stage.”— David Hall, co-founder and president of Park & Diamond.
  • “Disrupt was an amazing experience. It introduced us to a number of potential industries and partnerships that we would have never considered had we not had fresh sets of expert eyes looking at our technology.” — Amber Hopkins Grow, marketing consultant at Loji; principal, AHG Marketing.

And if that’s not enough to get you to pack your bags for Berlin, consider this. Founders who exhibit in Startup Alley might just win a shot to compete in the Startup Battlefield. Das ist super geil!

Disrupt Berlin 2018 takes place on 28-29 November, but this early-bird flash sale ends in just 48 hours. Don’t miss out, buy your passes today.