Facebook to hold contest for 15 Africa start-ups in Nairobi
Facebook is set to host in Nairobi a competition for 15 African start-ups that will culminate in the winner getting $25,000 award and a visit to San Francisco, the headquarters of the social media website.
The competition has been organized in partnership with the American news site TechCrunch.
It is the culmination of a months-long search for the most promising start-ups on the continent. Over 1,000 companies submitted applications to participate in the competition.
Facebook says the TechCrunch Startup Battlefield is part of broader efforts to localise its Africa strategy. It follows the visit by Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg to Africa last year.
“The whole aim is to continue the narrative, to bring the eyes of the world to see what is happening in the region,” said Chukwuemeka Afigbo, Facebook’s head for products partnerships.
The winning company will also get an opportunity to participate in Disrupt San Francisco 2018, an event where start-ups will exhibit their products and go up against their global peers.