Bankly was present at the second edition of the TechCrunch Battlefield Sub-Saharan Africa and the first in Lagos, Nigeria, that was held on Tuesday, 11th of December, 2018, and man, was it not a fun-filled event.
TechCrunch Battlefield brings together early stage startups on one stage to compete for a sum of $25,000.
Battlefield is TechCrunch’s renowned competition now taken on the road to new and emerging markets and the focus is on startups within the selected regions, with the competition tailored to where the region is. The battlefield highlights the best of entrepreneurial experience; big ideas, hard work, tough conversation and lots of hustle.
The TechCrunch battlefield brought together 15 startups across Africa, with a 0.2% selection rate out of all the applications as well as speakers from Facebook to Flutterwave, MainOne, IrokoTV, among others.
The startups that pitched were grouped into three sessions:
- Apollo Agriculture
- Complete Farmer
- Honey Flow Africa
- Powerstove Energy
- Trend Solar
To watch Bankly’s pitch, click here
After the pitch sessions, five startups emerged for the final pitch and at the end, a winner was announced.
M-SCAN, from Kenya, emerged the 2018 “Sub-Saharan Africa’s Most Promising Startup,” winning a grand prize of $25,000 in no-equity cash and a trip for two to compete in Startup Battlefield at TechCrunch’s flagship event, Disrupt in 2019 and the runner-up was Bettr from South Africa.
The speakers at the event includes:
- Kwame Acheampong (Mall for Africa)
- Eleni Gabre-Madhin (BlueMoon)
- Lexi Novitske (Singularity Investments)
- Konstantinos Papamiltiadis (Facebook)
- Funke Opeke (Main One)
- Kola Aina (Ventures Platform)
- Omobola Johnson (TLcom Capital)
- Olugbenga Agboola (Flutterwave)
- Omolara Awoyemi (SureGroup)
- Nichole Yembra (GreenHouse Capital)
- Olaoluwa Samuel-Biyi (SureRemit)