This was the first event to be held in Afrika by TechCrunch. The TechCrunch Startup Battlefield Africa 2017 was sponsored by Facebook and held in Nairobi.
The event saw some of TechCrunch's journalists and editors in attendance, interacting with the developers and tech startups at the event and learning more about the region. They were also on hand to teach and train startups on how to pitch to investors.
Some of the event's highlights included panels of investor judges. A total of 15 startups from across Afrika got an opportunity to pitch their ideas in front of these investors with the winning startup, Lori Systems, a startup from Kenya, winning $25,000, a trip for 2 to California, and an opportunity to pitch their startup for more investment sometime next year in San Francisco.
Lori Systems says it enables the logistics sector in Afrika to operate more efficiently through the solution it provides that covers automated invoicing, payments and optimized truck utilization among other features.
Higher efficiency through Lori has been demonstrated to drive costs down which, in turn is expected to create new jobs & stimulate overall economic development in a tangible way.
TechCrunch Startup Battlefield Africa 2017 Winner - LORI Systems.
"Facebook is stoked to partner with TechCrunch to bring their Startup Battlefield to Africa. TechCrunch Startup Battlefield Africa 2017 is a wonderful platform for the 15 African startups tackling local and global problems, to share their visions with the global tech community," said Ime Archibong, VP for Platforms at Facebook.
TechCrunch's Startup Battlefield events are held in different cities in North America and have only recently started to be held across different parts of the globe. Nairobi, Kenya, was chosen as the first destination to hold the event in Afrika due to its position in the region, infrastructure, and the fact that there's already an existing developer community, according to TechCrunch.
Video highlights from the TechCrunch Startup Battlefield Africa 2017 | David Gitonga
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