2023 MEST Africa Challenge | MEST

Year started: | Current status: Applications closed

Business stage:
Startup (Post-revenue)

Information & Communication Technology

Duration: 2 months | Mode: In-person and Virtual | Participation Fee: Free

Number of participant accepted per cohort:

Location(s): Ghana – Greater Accra – Accra |

Brief Description

Dream big, pitch bold, and unlock the next stage of your business and entrepreneurial growth. For early-stage technology startups seeking to realize their full potential and unleash innovative solutions, an incredible opportunity awaits. Join us for the 5th year of the MEST Africa Challenge to unlock funding, mentorship, and unparalleled opportunities to propel your startup’s success.

This year, we are thrilled to bring even more excitement to early-stage entrepreneurs with startups based in Ghana, Nigeria, Senegal, Kenya, and South Africa. As part of this prestigious competition, tech founders stand a chance to win the coveted USD 50,000 in equity, gain global recognition, and become part of MEST Africa’s lifelong supportive community.

Become a part of Africa’s burgeoning tech entrepreneurs and innovators by showcasing your groundbreaking innovation at Africa’s leading startup pitch competition. Take your business to new heights with us!

MEST Africa Challenge (MAC) is a Pan-African pitch competition for early-stage technology startups seeking to ramp up traction and growth.

Launched with the aim of providing a stage for technology startups to raise funding, build industry networks and gain global visibility, the competition has grown to become a key establishment in Africa’s startup technology industry giving an unprecedented global platform to hundreds of entrepreneurs from all over Africa.

Training details

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Eligibility criteria;
– Early-stage technology startup
– Operational in either Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa or Senegal
– Monthly Recurring Revenue: A minimum of $5k
– Funding raised: $0 to $1M cumulative
– Years in existence: 3 years and below
– Traction: At least 6 months of recurring revenue
– Founding team: At least 2 founding team members
– Registered in Delaware (This is preferred)
– Any industry
– Any business model (B2B, B2C, B2B2C, B2G etc…)
– All participants must pitch in English

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Support provided

Non Financial Support Provided: News or Media Source|Technical Assistance & Capacity Building

Financial Support Provided: Equity