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MEST Africa Challenge 2020 for African Tech Startups

Calling all tech start-ups in Abidjan, Accra, Addis, Kigali, Dakar, Dar Es Salaam, Lagos, Nairobi, and Johannesburg to apply for the MEST Africa Challenge 2020.

The MEST Africa Challenge is the African tech startup pitch competition for early-stage companies based in Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya, South Africa, Côte d’Ivoire, Rwanda, Senegal, Ethiopia or Tanzania.

Winners of each country’s semi-final competition will compete in the Challenge finals at the MEST Africa Summit 2020. Finalists will compete on a global stage in front of entrepreneurs, investors, corporate partners and ecosystem players.

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About MEST Africa

MEST was launched by The Meltwater Foundation, the not-for-profit arm of Meltwater, in 2008. Headquartered in Silicon Valley, Meltwater is a global leader in media intelligence and Outside Insight. MEST is an Africa-wide technology entrepreneur training program, internal seed fund, and network of hubs offering incubation for technology startups in Africa. Founded in Ghana in 2008, MEST provides critical skills training, funding, and support in software development, business, and communications to Africa�s tech entrepreneurs. Hubs are located in Accra, Ghana; Lagos, Nigeria; Cape Town, ... read more


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Aim and Benefits of MEST Africa Challengefor African Tech Startups

Win $50k in investment from the Meltwater Foundation, and the opportunity to join the MEST Africa incubator community.


Requirements for MEST Africa Challengefor African Tech Startups Qualification

  1. Pre-seed or seed-stage (have raised $100k total or less cumulatively since inception)
  2. Currently generating revenue
  3. Can demonstrate traction in one or more of the nine MAC Markets (Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Côte d’Ivoire, Senegal, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Rwanda)
  4. Has been in operations for 2 years or less
  5. Tech-enabled (software company)
  6. Industry agnostic
  7. Any business model (B2B, B2C, B2B2C, B2G etc…)
  8. Francophone applicants must pitch in English

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Application Deadline

April 18, 2020


How to Apply

Interested and qualified? Go to MEST Africa on vc4a.com to apply

Applications for this year’s Challenge are open from March 16 to April 18, 2020, and the top 10 startups will pitch at MEST Incubator locations or local partners offices on the following dates (exact dates subject to change if the Challenge moves to online):

  1. Lagos, Nigeria: Friday, May 1st
  2. Johannesburg, South Africa: Monday, May 4th
  3. Addis Ababa, Ethiopia: Friday, May 8th
  4. Accra, Ghana: Monday, May 11th
  5. Nairobi, Kenya: Monday, May 11th
  6. Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire: Tuesday, May 12th
  7. Kigali, Rwanda: Thursday, May 14th
  8. Dar es Salaam, Tanzania: Monday, May 18th
  9. Dakar, Senegal: Friday, May 22nd

For more details, visit MEST Africa website


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