Investment Battlefield

Will you be crowned the next champion?

The platform famed for pitching Africa’s hottest junior mining companies against each other is back in 2021 but this time, with a twist. Hosted as part of the Virtual Investment Programme, the next edition of the Investment Battlefield will take place online in the lead up to and during the Programme. 

For the first time ever it’s not just the expert panel of investor judges who will choose the finalists. We’ll be asking the audience to vote on who they think should go through to the next round and go on to be crowned 2021 champion.

If you’re a mining company with a market cap of US$50m or below and want to benefit from increased exposure to our unrivalled community of mining finance leaders, add them to your contact base and maximise your chances of securing capital, apply to take part in the 2021 competition

This year’s categories will take place:
9th March – Stage 1: Precious Metals Exploration 
11th March – Stage 1: Precious Metals Development 
16th March – Stage 1: Bulk & Base Metals Exploration
18th March – Stage 1: Bulk & Base Metals Development 
23rd March – Stage 1: Battery Materials Exploration
25th March – Stage 1: Battery Materials Development
During the Virtual Investment Programme
30th March – Semi-Final: Exploration
30th March – Semi-Final: Development

31st March – The Final and 2021 Champion Announced
Become an investor judge 
We're looking for investors to be on the 2021 judging panel. This is a chance to elevate your profile and get closer to exciting junior mining companies. To be considered for the judging panel you must be a qualified investor with in depth knowledge of the mining sector. Email to submit your interest.

Compete in 2021 and you could win:

  • New connections with high-profile investors
  • Direct instant feedback from the investor judges about how you can maximise your appeal to attract funding  
  • International media coverage
  • Increase your chances of securing funding – read the 2018 winners’ investment story  
  • Winners will receive a free exhibition stand and tickets to the following year’s Mining Indaba
  • Profile featured in the Paydirt magazine

How it works

Successful applicants are grouped into commodity and lifecycle stages and invited to pitch their project to the expert panel of investor judges. Each pitch lasts no longer than 5 minutes with 10 minutes of feedback from the judges. The winner of each round will go on to the next stage to battle it out to become the champion and enter the Investment Battlefield Hall of Fame! Apply to compete in the 2021 competition.

About the 2020 Winner, Tietto Minerals

Mark Strizek, MD of Tietto Minerals impressed the judges with their entry: Fast Tracking the Development of the Abujar Gold Project, and emerged as the ultimate Battlefield winner. The project is located approximately 30km from the major regional city of Daloa in central western Côte D’Ivoire and the resource at the time stood at 45.5Mt @ 1.5g/t Au for 2.15Moz of contained gold.

2020 Finalists
*Runner up* Arc Minerals – represented by Remy Welschinger, Finance Director
Eco Graf – represented by Andrew Spinks, Managing Director
Roscan Gold – represented by Nana Bompeh Sangmuah, President & CEO

Thor Exploration Case Study

When Segun Lawson, CEO of Thor Exploration pitched their Segiloa Gold Project at the 2018 Investment Battlefield it was the first-time global investors had heard the Thor story.

18 months after being crowned the champion, Thor Exploration secured financial backing from long-term stakeholder, Africa Finance Corporation. 

We caught up with Segan Lawson about his journey since being crowned “Best Emerging Mining Project in Africa”.

Read the Case Study for the full story and discover how you can take part in the Investment Battlefield.


Fred White

Associate Director
Medea Natural Resources

Boris Kamstra

Pangea Resources

Richard Crookes

Managing Partner
Lionshead Resources

James Rattenbury

Senior Associate
Resource Capital Fund

Stephen Motteram

Global Head of Asset Development
The Noble Group

Peter Major

Director Mining
Mergence Corporate Solutions

Erez Ichilov

Managing Director
Pallinghurst Traxys

Miranda Werstuik

Corporate Development Director
OCIM Precious Metals

James Harvie

Terea Africa

Alistair Finary

Director Metals & Mining
Standard Charter

David Twist


David Baker

Business Development
Elemental Royalties

Heidi Sternberg

Sector Specialist: Mining
Public Investment Corporation