In line with its commitment to growing Africa’s technology start-up ecosystem and its passion for developing diverse, young talent, Facebook is returning as the headline sponsor of TechCrunch Startup Battlefield Africa 2018. The event will take place in Lagos, Nigeria and will search for Sub-Saharan Africa’s best innovators, makers and technical entrepreneurs.

On December 11, TechCrunch Startup Battlefield supported by Facebook, will bring together the strongest start-ups from across Sub-Saharan Africa, where they will pitch to a live audience of 500 people ranging from VCs, investors, government officials and developers.

Events Facebook will host over the week include:

  • Developer Circle Leads Summit (December 6-7 ): A two-day summit for more than 65 Developer Circles Leads across Sub-Saharan Africa, representing a growing community of over 42,800 members across 31 cities in 15 countries across Sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Instagram Inspire Action Lagos – Women and Small Business Event (December 6): A workshop to inspire, educate and train 70-80 entrepreneurs and women working in tech with a panel featuring special guests.
  • Startups and Developers Summit 2018 by Developer Circle Nigeria (December 8): Bringing together 600 attendees, and hosted by Facebook Developer Leads, the Summit will run trainings and workshop sessions on specialist deep-tech subjects, such as Messenger Bot
  • Aspiring Entrepreneurs — Digital Pitch Competition (December 10): Winners from seven Nigerian states who participated in the Aspiring Entrepreneurs: Digital 2018 program will pitch their businesses to a panel of judges for a chance to win support and prizes from Facebook and Fate Foundation.
  • NG_Hub Start-up Mixer (December 10): A social gathering bringing together Start-ups from across the ecosystem, including NG_Hub start-ups (Start-ups using Facebook’s Community Hub) and those taking part in the TechCrunch Startup Battlefield event.
  • Student Hack (December 11): In partnership with Re:Learn by CC_Hub, Facebook will bring together 50 local high school students from Lagos to take part in Hack-a-Day and other activities that highlight the difference developers can make in the world using computer science skills.

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