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Mest is calling all tech start-ups in Abidjan, Accra, Addis, Kigali, Dakar, Dar Es Salaam, Lagos, Nairobi, and Johannesburg! to participate in her 2020 challenge.

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.

Prize:

Win $50,000 in investment from the Meltwater Foundation, and the opportunity to join the MEST Africa incubator community.

Who can Participate:

The challenge is open to start-ups with the following portfolios:

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

*Francophone applicants must pitch in English

Application:

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):

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

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