MEST Africa Challenge regional winners announced!
Five finalists have been selected to compete at the MEST Africa Summit in June for $50k in equity investment and the opportunity to join the Pan-African MEST incubator network.
Last week, 50 top startups from five countries across the continent competed in the MEST Africa Challenge 2019. Pitch competitions in Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa and Cote d’Ivoire drew over 400 guests between them who all watched ten regional finalists pitch their businesses.
Attendees at all five events included top local ecosystem players, corporates, tech entrepreneurs, students, startup founders. Pitches were also viewed by representatives from Vodafone, Nedbank, Barcamp Ghana, Silicon Cape, Lancaster University, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, as well as this year’s partners Microsoft and VC4A. The full list of judges and regional finalists can be found here.
Once the pitches were complete, judging panels deliberated and assessed each company based on several criteria including their validated problem and solution, business model, market size, MVP, competitor analysis, go-to-market plan and execution, and team buildup.
Each regional finalist brought something unique and innovative to the table. There could only be five winners, however, and we’re excited to announce the startups moving forward to represent their countries at the MEST Africa Summit in Nairobi this June:
- Ghana: Oze, a FinTec working to enable investment-readiness by providing small businesses with the data they need to make decisions
- Nigeria: Ampz.tv, an online platform seeking to be “the LinkedIn for sports” by connecting talents to opportunities worldwide
- South Africa: Snode Technologies, a real-time security operations and data analytics platform
- Kenya: Waya Waya, a digital banking platform providing electronic transfer, payments, group savings and peer lending solutions to individuals, developers & businesses
- Abidjan: Seekewa, an Agri-tech startup focused on crowd-farming in Ivory Coast
MEST looks forward to hosting the MEST Africa Summit, in partnership with Microsoft and VC4A, later this year. Watch this space for more details.