2019 MEST Africa Challenge for African Startups

Deadline: February 15, 2019.

Are you the founder of a technology startup currently operating in Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya, Cote d’Ivoire or South Africa, ready to scale across Africa?
Submit your company for the MEST Africa Challenge! Country winners from each region will be flown to the finals at the MEST Africa Summit in Nairobi to compete for up to $50,000 in equity investment and a range of other support to accelerate their Pan-African scale-up.

Top companies in each region will be invited to pitch at regional events, to be held on the following dates, at MEST Incubator locations or local partners office:

  • Accra: Wednesday, February 27
  • Nairobi: Wednesday, February 27
  • Lagos: Thursday, February 28
  • Cape Town: Thursday, February 28
  • Abidjan: Thursday,February 28




Application open to scale-ups in Accra, Lagos, Nairobi, Cape Town and Abidjan.

  1. A revenue-generating startup
  2. Ready to scale into additional markets
  3. Part of a team with at least 10 people
  4. Seeking funding



Successful applicant will get $50k in equity investment and the opportunity to join the Pan-African MEST incubator community.




MEST Africa Challenge

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