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African Startups to Win $100k Equity-free Funding at TC Startup Battlefield 200

ByJoan Aimuengheuwa

May 3, 2023

As we move further into the year 2023, exciting opportunities for African startups are emerging all over the world. One such opportunity is the Startup Battlefield 200 at TechCrunch Disrupt 2023, which provides a platform for early-stage startups to showcase their innovations, gain exposure, and potentially secure funding.

The Startup Battlefield 200 is a renowned startup competition that takes place annually at TC Disrupt, a global conference that brings together entrepreneurs, investors, and industry experts.

Winners from the last edition include Nigeria’s AltSchool Africa, an edtech startup and PressOne Africa, an entrepreneur-focused telecom startup, as well as Oze, Ghana’s female-founded, small-business-focused fintech startup.


Participating in the Startup Battlefield 200 provides startups with a unique opportunity to gain exposure and access to resources that can help them scale their businesses. The competition also offers a chance to network with other entrepreneurs, investors, and industry experts, potentially leading to new partnerships and funding opportunities, summarized into the following: 

  • Access to TechCrunch seal of approval
  • Intense (and invaluable) investor and media interest
  • Access to Disrupt: including four additional passes and VIP access to all the presentations, breakouts and roundtables
  • Exclusive workshops and masterclasses
  • Flash pitch at Disrupt
  • Exhibition space on the show floor
  • A chance to win $100,000 equity-free


The competition is open to African early-stage startups to pitch their ideas on stage to a panel of judges. The following criteria must be met: 

  • Have a minimally viable product
  • Represent any vertical
  • Represent any geography
  • Be a game changer in your vertical
  • Be bootstrapped or have pre-scale funding (variable by industry)
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The African continent is home to a growing number of tech startups, and many have shown impressive growth and innovation in recent years. By participating in the Startup Battlefield, African startups can gain international exposure and potentially attract investors from all over the world.

How to apply

To apply for the TechCrunch Startup Battlefield 200, startups need to complete an online application form, providing basic information about their company, a pitch deck, and a one-minute video pitch. The pitch deck should cover the key aspects of the startup, including the team, product, target market, business model, and traction.

Apply before the deadline on Monday, May 15, 2023.



Joan Aimuengheuwa

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