Calling all startup battlefield fans in Sub-Saharan Africa: TechCrunch is heading your way. TechCrunch will be in Nairobi on October 11 to host the Startup Battlefield in partnership with Facebook!

The Startup Battlefield has been bringing world-class founders into the spotlight since 2007, and in the past decade almost 700 contestants have gone on to raise nearly $7 billion in funding and rack up nearly 100 exits. Battlefield Alumni include companies like Mint, Dropbox, Yammer, TripIt, Getaround and Cloudflare. 

Since the first announcement of this news, the TechCrunch team has been hard at work arranging what is going to be a fantastic event. Over 700 applications have been reviewed and narrowed down to final review of the 15 companies that will compete in the Battlefield.

Here are a sampling of the Africa tech luminaries who will be joining us on stage as judges and/or speakers:

  • Andreata Muforo, Tide Africa Fund
  • Leo Stiegeler, Ringier Africa
  • Helen Jennings, Naatal
  • Eghosa Omoigui, EchoVC
  • Wale Ayeni, IFC
  • Bosun Tijani, CEO at CcHub
  • Bob Collymore, CEO of Safaricom
  • Sacha Poignonnec, CEO of Jumia

If you would like to attend the event, we have good news: tickets are free. But because we have very limited seating, attendees will have to apply for tickets. So how do you apply for a free ticket to the Startup Battlefield? Follow this link to the application page, answer a few short questions, and the TechCrunch team will get back in touch with your ticket to attend if they can fit you in.

The judges will choose a winner in each category and select an overall winner, “Sub-Saharan Africa’s Most Promising Startup,” whose founders will win $25,000 USD in no-equity cash plus an all expense paid trip (for two to San Francisco to exhibit at Disrupt SF, TechCrunch’s flagship event) in September 2018 to compete in Startup Battlefield there, assuming the company still qualifies.