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TechCrunch Battlefield Africa (Deadline July 1st)
The Battlefield has no funding minimum or maximums to participate. We’ve worked with teams in the “garage stage” all the way up to millions dollars in funding. It really depends on your business. A hardware company making batteries is naturally going to need more early money than a consumer mobile app. That being said, most participating startups would consider themselves to be seed stage.
Regardless of the money raised (or lack thereof) at the time of application, companies must have a functional prototype to demo to the selection committee.
Startups from all verticals are eligible to participate in the Battlefield. In our most recent batch we had biotech, consumer web, battery tech, ecommerce, cloud computing, bitcoin, connected health devices, emerging market connectivity, security and more represented.
For Battlefield Africa, you must be a resident of one of the eligible countries. Residents in the following countries may apply: Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cabo Verde, Central Africa Republic, Chad, Comoros, Republic of the Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Cote d’Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in the foregoing language, the “Applicable Countries” does not include any country to or on which the United States has embargoed goods or imposed targeted sanctions (including, but not limited to, Sudan).
One of our goals at TechCrunch is to bring new, interesting startups to light for our audience. In selecting the Battlefield, we will give preference to companies that launch for the first time to the public and press through our competition. Companies that are in closed beta, private beta, limited release or generally are still eligible. Demo day wrap-ups or short, announcements for a beta product or local press are also allowed.
Hardware companies can have completed crowdfunding but those funds should have been directed to an earlier product prototype.