In the first event of its kind on the continent, TechCrunch’s Startup Battlefield Africa 2017, will search for the best innovators, makers and technical entrepreneurs in Sub Saharan Africa. The event will see entrepreneurs and developers compete across three categories: social good; productivity and utility; and gaming and entertainment. It will tell the founders’ stories, uncovering the next wave of disruptive innovations and putting African invention under the global spotlight.

As part of its sponsorship of TechCrunch’s Startup Battlefield Africa 2017, the Facebook team will be in Nairobi from 9th to 12th October. The team intends to to take part in and host a number of events aimed at connecting, listening and learning from the startup and wider tech community.

The activities lined up are as follows:

TechCrunch’s Startup Battlefield Africa 2017 

A day-long event aimed at celebrating and uncovering the best innovators, makers and technical entrepreneurs in sub Saharan Africa. Taking to the stage will be:

  • Ime Archibong, Facebook’s Vice President of Partnerships
  • The Startup Journey to Success panel hosted by Emeka Afigbo (Facebook’s Head of Platform Partnerships for Middle East & Africa) with Chijioke Dozie (Co-founder and CEO, OneFi), Mark Essien (Founder and CEO, and Eric Thimba (Co-founder and CEO, MOOKH)
  • Uche Ofodile from the Facebook Connectivity team, taking part in a panel on ‘Solving Africa’s Connectivity Equation

Facebook Platform Meetup

The event will bring together entrepreneurs, developers, and senior leaders at early-mid-stage startups in Kenya to learn how Facebook’s Platform products can help to accelerate their businesses.

Facebook Developer Circles Africa Masterclass

A three-day training course bringing together Developer Circle leaders from across sub Saharan Africa.

Women in Tech event

Designed to engage with influential women working in Nairobi’s technology ecosystem.

Developer Circles Nairobi Meetup

The event will bring together the Developer Circles Nairobi community in an evening of networking.

Facebook Community event

Aimed at bringing together Community Groups from across Nairobi.

SMB, Agency & Content Creators Workshops

Several workshops providing Kenyan entrepreneurs, agencies and SMB’s on how to grow their business using Instagram and Facebook.