15 September 2017


African female entrepreneurs can apply for Y-HER accelerator

African female entrepreneurs have been invited to apply for the Y-HER Accelerator Programme, with offers mentorship and a total of US$50,000 in prize funding.

The Y-HER programme, which will take place in Johannesburg in November, is run by Spark and bills itself as an opportunity for passionate female impact entrepreneurs with early-stage startups.

A total of 15 successful applicants will be connected with a network of mentors from across the world throughout the accelerator week, offering a wealth of entrepreneurship experience to help with building a strategy for impact and growth.

The Y-HER accelerator will also offer female entrepreneurs the chance to network with investors, mentors and supporters, and pitch their venture as the week comes to a close at an exclusive, invite-only high-tea event.

A total of US$50,000 in prize funding is available for the winners, who will be chosen by peer review and audience votes, while startups also stand the chance to qualify for growth support, including ongoing tailored support and grant or investment funding of between US$10,000 and US$50,000.

Applications are open here  until September 22.


Ticket applications now open for Startup Battlefield Africa


Calling all startup fans in Sub-Saharan Africa: TechCrunch is heading your way. We will be in Nairobi on October 11 to host Startup Battlefield in partnership with Facebook! Keep reading to see what we’ve been up to.

Since we last posted, the TechCrunch team has been hard at work arranging what is going to be a fantastic event. We reviewed over 700 applications and we are down to final review of the 15 companies that will compete in the Battlefield. At the same time, our editors have been diligently programming a spectacular agenda. 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, we must ask attendees to apply for tickets. To apply for a free ticket to the Startup Battlefield, follow this link to our application page, answer a few short questions, and we will be back in touch with your ticket to attend if we can fit you in.