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Apply Now: $50,000 MEST Africa Tech Startup Pitch Competition

By Wayan Vota on September 4, 2023

2023 MEST Africa Challenge

Investing in early-stage technology startups in Africa presents a unique and compelling opportunity to effect systemic change. The continent is undergoing a transformative digital revolution, driven by a burgeoning young population, increasing internet adoption, and a growing appetite for innovation. This scenario lays the foundation for significant potential economic returns and positive social impact.

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Supporting African startups that align with sustainable development goals can target local challenges, such as limited access to banking services, healthcare, and education, leveraging technology to bridge gaps and uplift underserved communities.  Investors in these firms can generate profits and contribute to socioeconomic progress and poverty reduction.

$50,000 MEST Africa Challenge

MEST Africa Challenge Startup Pitch Competition focuses on early-stage technology companies in Ghana, Nigeria, Senegal, Kenya, and South Africa. Winning companies will gain access to MEST Africa’s global community and networks, unlocking valuable partnerships, mentorship, and investment opportunities, and catalyzes startups to unlock the next phase of their business growth.

The winning tech startup will receive an equity investment of USD 50,000.

MEST is a 12-month pan-African software and entrepreneurship training program, seed fund, and incubator helping to launch technology startups across the continent. To date, MEST has trained over 2000 entrepreneurs from across the continent and funded over 90 startups across industries from Agritech, Fintech, SaaS, eCommerce, Digital Media, and Healthcare amongst others.

Apply Now! Deadline is October 16, 2023

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Wayan Vota co-founded ICTworks. He also co-founded Technology Salon, MERL Tech, ICTforAg, ICT4Djobs, ICT4Drinks, JadedAid, Kurante, OLPC News and a few other things. Opinions expressed here are his own and do not reflect the position of his employer, any of its entities, or any ICTWorks sponsor.
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6 Comments to “Apply Now: $50,000 MEST Africa Tech Startup Pitch Competition”

  1. Kateryna says:

    Hello Wayan Vota, Do you have information about challenges and competitions for startups from other countries, not only for Africa?

    • Wayan Vota says:

      I post opportunities as I find them around the world. Generally, donors are focusing on African countries, hence the majority of calls for proposals are in this region vs. others.

  2. Wynand says:

    Has the deadline for this passed already?

    Any other opportunities for a disruptive tech startup based in SA?

  3. Theresa says:

    Thanks for sharing this call for proposal . Is Sierra Leone eligible to apply for this grant?