2020 MEST Africa Challenge: Country Finalists Announced!
The finalists for the 2020 MEST Africa Challenge, representing the best tech software startups in Côte d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sénégal, South Africa, and Tanzania have been released with 83 companies making the shortlist.
The startups who participated in the Ethiopia Country Finals on June 3rd are Qinash, Alpha IT Solution, Temaribet, Yezare, Across Express PLC, iWork PLC, Yerras, Omniline IT Technology Solutions PLC, and Debo Engineering Plc. Debo Engineering Plc emerged as the winner, the full competition recap can be found here.
The Startups who will be participating In the Côte d’Ivoire Country Finals on June 17th are Guanxi Investment Africa Handmade, Kissi, Tutoo+, Ewarren Financial Services Inc, Moja Ride, Vzion Media, Afrik’apps, and Panelys Cashwill.
On July 8th SmartClass Company Limited, Ngwala Inventions Limited, Flamingoo Foods Company Ltd, Kilimo Fresh Foods Africa Limited, Dundiza, Kilimo Pay, A-TRADER, CHAP FOOD LTD, Dinestle Technologies, Smartwash Company Limited will compete in the Tanzania Country Finals.
On July 1st, Soil Solutions, Aleph Engineering, Henson Geodata Technologies, Sustainable Energy Technologies Limited, Acyst Technology Company, Stabus, Oniocha Ltd, EdTech Innovations Limited, Khalmax Robotics, and Aiscarecrow Technologies will compete in the Ghana Country Finals.
The startups who will be participating in the Nigeria Country Finals on July 22nd are Social Lender, MOLI, TOJU, IderaOS, Sycamore Integrated Solutions Limited, Padimi.co, Scrapays, Edusko, At Your Service Technologies Ltd, and Gradely.
The startups who will be participating in the South Africa Country Finals on July 24th are My Pregnancy Journey, PopUp Shop Shop, Cowriex, Timber Wizard, AutoAdvisor.co.za, MyBraai, Abby Health, DizzitUp, Creative Nestlings, and Applied Vehicle Analysis.
Finalists were chosen after a three-month-long search for Africa’s emerging tech entrepreneurs from nine emerging markets including Côte d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sénégal, South Africa, and Tanzania. Each country finalist will compete in a pitch competition for a chance to win $50,000 in equity investment, Microsoft support, access to coaching, and a continent-wide network of startup hubs.
The pitch competition offers startups impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic much-needed investment and support during a time of great uncertainty. To ensure the safety of the MEST community all of the country pitch competitions will be virtual, giving local and global audiences front row access to the Africa-wide pitch competition.
Entrepreneurs representing each finalist company will pitch their ventures to a panel of judges made up of experts, investors, and ecosystem partners from their respective countries including; VC4A, Levers In Heels, Movemeback, Afrilabs, BriterBridges, Founders Factory, Silicon Cape, blueMoon, GrowthAfrica, Gebeya, Nairobi Garage, NaiLab, SwahiliBox, Royal Work Club, 250 Startups, Impact Hub Kigali, Klab, Ghana Tech Lab, Stanbic Incubator, HackLab Foundation, Sahara Ventures, Seedstars Dar es Salaam, RoboTech, YUX Design, Seedspace Lagos, Growth Lab, Impact Hub Lagos, and She Leads