Startup Battlefield Africa in Lagos, Nigeria, is arising quick. As standard, we now have an ideal lineup of panels that can embrace traders and founders discussing points comparable to blockchain, elevating enterprise capital on the continent and past and extra.
And naturally firms will compete in Startup Battlefield, our premier startup competitors. Startup Battlefield consists of 15 groups competing in three preliminary rounds — 5 startups per spherical — which have solely six minutes to pitch and current a reside demo to a panel of knowledgeable technologists and VC traders. 5 of the unique 15 startups can be chosen to pitch a second time to a recent set of judges. One startup will emerge the winner and obtain a US$25,000 no-equity money prize and win a visit for 2 to compete within the Startup Battlefield at TechCrunch Disrupt in 2019 (assuming the corporate nonetheless qualifies to compete on the time). The occasion is now bought out, however hold your eyes on TechCrunch for video of all of the panels and the Battlefield competitors.
And now to announce our subsequent batch of judges who can be grilling the startups after their pitches. See you subsequent week!
Jason Njoku, Iroko
Jason Njoku is the founder and CEO of Iroko, the house of Nollywood content material. He has pioneered the African digital content material market by bringing Nollywood (Nigerian cinema) to a worldwide viewers, and within the course of has raised greater than $40 million in funding from worldwide VCs, together with Tiger International, Kinnevik, RISE Capital and Canal+.
In 2013, Njoku was topped because the CNBC Africa West Africa Younger Enterprise Chief, and in 2014, he was acknowledged as one in every of Quick Firm’s Prime 1000 most Artistic Folks in Enterprise.
Dapo Olagunju, J.P. Morgan
Dapo Olagunju is head of West Africa at J.P. Morgan. On this capability, he represents J.P. Morgan’s world platform to shoppers, regulators and different stakeholders within the area.
Previous to becoming a member of J.P. Morgan, he was a normal supervisor at Entry Financial institution Plc the place he oversaw the monetary markets division of the financial institution. He was a member of the financial institution’s Digital Council, which had general duty for the financial institution’s digital technique, authorised partnership with fintech firms and monitored the implementation of digital initiatives. He was, at totally different instances, a advisor on peacekeeping financing on the United Nations in New York and chief vendor at Funding Banking & Belief Firm Restricted (now Stanbic IBTC Financial institution Plc, a member of the Customary Financial institution Group). He was additionally co-founder of 234Give.com — a web-based fundraising platform.
Konstantinos Papamiltiadis, Fb
Konstantinos Papamiltiadis is the director of developer platforms and applications for Fb, supporting the corporate’s product and platform technique by means of partnerships with expertise firms and applications for startups.
Previous to that he supervised product and engineering at Taptu (bought to Mediafed) a Cambridge, U.Okay.-based startup. Previous to Taptu, he led the Yahoo EMEA cell product staff. His staff supervised the event and launch of cell websites for Search, Mail and IM throughout Europe, in addition to Information, Sports activities and Finance for iPhone and Blackberry apps. Earlier than becoming a member of Yahoo he was a product supervisor at Skype and Vodafone R&D.
Bosun Tijani, Co-Creation Hub
Bosun Tijani is the co-founder and CEO of Co-Creation Hub, a social innovation heart primarily based in Nigeria devoted to accelerating the applying of social capital and expertise for financial prosperity. In pursuit of an lively life-style, he additionally based and serves because the CEO and founding father of Truppr, an rising health model in Africa that connects customers to health occasions internationally. As well as, he’s a companion at Progress Capital, Nigeria’s first social innovation fund for high-potential, early-stage companies.
He has greater than 15 years of expertise throughout private and non-private firms, together with Pera Innovation Community (U.Okay.), Hewlett Packard (EMEA) and Worldwide Commerce Centre (UNCTAD/WTO), each in Geneva, Switzerland.