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Friday, October 13, 2017 

Facebook celebrates Africa's vibrant startup scene

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NAIROBI, Kenya--Facebook this week celebrated the achievements of a fast-growing community of African tech entrepreneurs and developers, at the first-ever TechCrunch Startup Battlefield in Africa.

The company also hosted a week of activities bringing together hot African startups, developers, influencers and community leaders - to share ideas, learn and connect.

Other highlights across the week included: Facebook Platform Meetup which brought together entrepreneurs, developers, and senior leaders at early-mid-stage startups in Kenya to learn how Facebook's Platform products can help to accelerate their businesses, Facebook Developer Circles Africa Masterclass, a three-day training course which brought together 25 Developer Circle leaders from across Sub Saharan Africa, Developer Circles Nairobi Meetup - celebrating passing its 1,000 member mark, and its sixth meetup, this brought together the Nairobi Developer Circle community in an evening of networking, Women in Tech event - designed to engage with influential women working in Nairobi's technology ecosystem and to share Facebook's mission on Diversity, Facebook Community event - bought together 12 interesting Facebook community leaders from across Nairobi, including Benard Azegere (founder of the Kenyan Ice Hockey League, among others.

Putting the spotlight on Africa’s creative, diverse talent and vibrant technology companies, that are building products and solving problems for local and global audiences, TechCrunch's Startup Battlefield Africa saw 15 startups battle it out to win a US$25,000 prize. Nairobi-based Lori Systems, with its product and service in the Productivity and Utility category, was crowned the overall winner for its logistics and cargo platform for African businesses.

By EABW REPORTER , Friday, October 13th, 2017