Startup BattleField Africa Startups Africa Unicorn : Agenda for the Startup Battlefield Africa Announced By Incubate Africa Posted on September 20, 2017 7 min read 1 0 SAN FRANCISCO, CA - SEPTEMBER 10: The Disrupt Cup at TechCrunch Disrupt at Pier 48 on September 10, 2014 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Steve Jennings/Getty Images for TechCrunch) As October 11th is nearing, African Startups in the Sub-Saharan region are yet to witness and take part in TechCrunch’s very first Startup Battlefield in Nairobi. The pitch-off competition will feature startups from all over Africa in three categories: Productivity and Utility, Social Good, and Gaming and Entertainment. Top notch investors and founders, as well as TechCrunch editors, will serve as judges to pick the winners in each category as well as an overall winner – the best early-stage startup in sub-Saharan Africa. We’ll also have a great line-up speakers and networking opportunities to round out the day. Applications for the tickets are free and due to a limited seating, the earlier you apply the better, location still not communicated but the parties taking part will be emailed a few days before the event, while the names of the startups still remain unmentioned till 11th on the stage, we have the agenda and the speakers and judges mentioned early, with Jumia and Safaricom CEOs, Showmax and EchoVC heads top Battlefield Africa lineup: TechCrunch Battlefield Africa Nairobi, Wednesday, Oct. 11 9:00 AM – 9:05 AM Opening Remarks 9:05 AM – 9:30 AM Africa Unicorn: How Do We Produce the Next African Unicorn? In conversation with Sacha Poignonnec (Jumia), Tayo Oviosu (Paga), Eghosa Omoigui (EchoVC Partners): 9:30 AM – 9:35 AM How the Startup Battlefield works 9:35 AM – 10:35 AM Startup Battlefield Competition – Productivity and Utility Judges: Wale Ayeni (International Finance Corporation), Eghosa Omoigui (EchoVC Partners), Aaron Fu (Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology), Andreata Muforo (TLcom Capital), Lexi Novitske (Singularity Investments) 10:35 AM – 10:55 AM BREAK 10:55 AM – 11:20 AM Connectivity: Solving Africa’s Connectivity Equation In conversation with Bitange Ndemo (University of Nairobi), Bob Collymore (Safaricom), Erik Hersman (BRCK), and Uche Ofodile (Facebook Connectivity) 11:20 AM – 12:20 PM Startup Battlefield Competition – Gaming and Entertainment Judges: Helen Jennings (Nataal), Leo Stiegeler (Ringier Africa AG), Alexia Tsotsis (investor and former co-Editor, TechCrunch) and Chris Savides (Showmax) 12:15 PM – 12:40 PM Development: Will Startups Solve Africa’s Biggest Development Problems In conversation with Juliana Rotich (Africa Tech Ventures, BRCK), Rebecca Enonchong (AppsTech, AfriLabs Foundation, and ActivSpaces), Dr. Solomon Assefa (IBM Research – Africa), Wambui Kinya (Andela) 12:40 PM – 1:30 PM LUNCH 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM Startup Battlefield Competition – Social Good Judges: Bosun Tijani (Co-Creation Hub Nigeria), Yariv Cohen (Ignite Power, Kaenaat), Isis Nyong’o Madison (Apshalt & Ink), Shuonan Chen (Agile Venture Capital) 2:30 PM – 2:55 PM Creative Industries: Digitizing Africa’s Creative Industries In conversation with Obi Asika (Chairman of Dragon Africa), Graeme Cumming (MultiChoice), Blinky Bill (Just a Band), Sam Mensa (Kisua) 2:55 – 3:00 PM Facebook Sessions: Introductory remarks Ime Archibong (VP Platform Partnerships, Facebook) 3:00 PM – 3:45 PM Facebook Session: The Startup Journey to Success Facebook’s Emeka Afigbo (Head of the Middle East and Africa, Platform Partnerships) in conversation with Eric Thimba (CEO and co-Founder, MyMookh), Chijioke Dozi (CEO and co-Founder, Onefi) and Mark Essien (CEO and co-Founder, Hotels.NG) 3:45 PM – 4:10 PM Session to be announced 4:10 PM – 4:30 PM Break 4:30 – 4:40 PM Battlefield Category Winners Announced 4:40 PM – 4:50 PM Overall Battlefield Winner Announced Battlefield of sub-Saharan Africa starts at 9:00 AM EAT on October 11. The event will be live-streamed on TechCrunch. Be sure to tune in.