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Mest Africa Challenge 2020 (Win up to $50,000 equity investment)

Applications now open for 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 for the chance to win $50k in investment from the Meltwater Foundation, and the opportunity to join the MEST Africa incubator community.

Type: Entrepreneurship

Eligibility:

  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

Number of Awards: 10

Value of Award: Finalists will compete on a global stage in front of entrepreneurs, investors, corporate partners and ecosystem players for the chance to win $50k in investment from the Meltwater Foundation, and the opportunity to join the MEST Africa incubator community.

Eligible Countries: Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya, Cote d’Ivoire, South Africa, Senegal, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Rwanda.

About the Award: Calling all tech start-ups in Abidjan, Accra, Addis, Kigali, Dakar, Dar Es Salaam, Lagos, Nairobi, and Johannesburg!

Application Deadline: 13th May 2020 (Extended from 18th April 2020)

Duration of Programme:  May 1 – May 22

How to Apply: 

  • It is important to go through all application requirements on the Programme Webpage see link below) before applying