ACCRA, Ghana — MEST, in partnership with the Mastercard Foundation has announced that applications are open for the next two cohorts of the MEST Express Accelerator program.

The 20-week acceleration program, under the Mastercard Foundation’s Young Africa Works strategy, offers free training, mentorship, resources, and support to participating startups. At the end of the program, startups in each cohort will have the opportunity to participate in a pitching session where top-performing ventures will receive equity-free grant funding.

“Securing investment is extremely difficult for early-stage startups. This is why we are introducing a strong focus on investment readiness and fundraising in…


ACCRA, Ghana — February 2021: The EC has granted EUR 1.9 million to DIGILOGIC, a three-year Horizon 2020 project to boost cooperation and long-term, sustainable partnerships between European and African Digital Innovation Hubs (DIHs), paving the way for innovators, startups, and SMEs to jointly develop smart logistics solutions in close cooperation with industries and investors.

The DIGILOGIC project is deployed by a consortium comprising three DIHs in Europe — Digital Hub Logistics Dortmund (Germany), VTT (Finland) and Friuli Innovazione (Italy); two DIHs in Africa — MEST (Ghana) and BongoHive (Zambia); the system change facilitator Endeva (Germany) and an SME Prototipi…


Angela Maabena Twum, Paul Eshun and Samuel Bamfo, co-founders of Bosea and flagship product Credify

ACCRA, Ghana, 29th April, 2021 — MEST, in partnership with the Mastercard Foundation, has announced the top three performing Ghanaian tech startups that recently graduated from its Beta 2020 cohort of the MEST Express Accelerator program. The program aims to equip early-stage ventures with the skills and resources they require to accelerate their growth.

These top performing startups will receive equity-free grant funding and support that will enable them to address urgent needs and expand their operations.

The finals, held at the MEST incubator space in Accra, Ghana, and broadcast virtually, saw six startups — Bosea, PayBox, Oniocha, Motito, WeGoo…


Both companies enable informal micro and small enterprises (MSEs) in Ghana to grow their businesses and better leverage digital commerce

Last month, the Catalyst Fund Inclusive Digital Commerce accelerator, managed by BFA Global, in partnership with the Mastercard Foundation COVID-19 Recovery and Resilience Program and MEST, announced the first cohort of digital commerce companies to be scaled, with the goal of improving the livelihoods of informal MSEs in Ghana.

Boost Ghana and KudiGo are enabling small retailers to grow by easing business administration, digitizing operations, improving access to working capital and reducing the cost of doing business, while providing suppliers…


Originally published in Unicef.org

Accra, Ghana — 12th April 2021 — Today, UNICEF announced the launch of the 2021 cohort of the UNICEF StartUp Lab — a co-creation space and incubator, that engages young startups in the development of innovative, open-source, market-driven products and solutions that address complex problems impacting the well-being of children and young people, especially the most vulnerable.

Over two hundred applications were received from across Ghana, from which twenty two promising social impact startups were selected to participate in a six-month business and product development programme.

“UNICEF is excited to welcome this new cohort of 22…


Dear MEST Community,

The holidays are finally upon us and we are looking forward to enjoying time off and spending it with family. It has undoubtedly been a tough year, full of challenges, uncertainties, changes, learning curves, and opportunities but we are glad because we pulled through. For those of you who are still away from loved ones in your home countries, remember that there’s family around you — this time around in the world — no one is alone. …


This press release was previously published on Disrupt Africa, Venture Burn, and Ghana Web.

The Entrepreneurship Academy of the SANAD Fund for MSME in partnership with IMPACT Lab and MEST has announced a six-month Financial Technology (Fintech) Accelerator program designed for high-potential technology businesses looking to scale their business, create partnerships, and explore North African markets.

Globally, the financial sector is undergoing profound changes, driven by digital transformation and technological innovation. In Africa, where approximately 66% of the adult population is unbanked, this has created an unprecedented opportunity to drive financial inclusion for all. …


A conversation with MEST Africa Challenge Community Vote Winner, Debo Engineering.

The MEST Africa Challenge is Africa’s biggest tech startup pitch competition offering entrepreneurs and young businesses the opportunity of a lifetime; $50,000 in funding, a space in one of MEST’s Hubs, support from MEST’s Portfolio team, and amazing prizes from a diverse pool of ecosystem partners.

This year, the Challenge held riveting country-level competition over three months, which featured over seventy-five startups from Ethiopia, Kenya, Côte D’Ivoire, Rwanda, Ghana, Tanzania, Senegal, Nigeria, and South Africa.

For the live finale, each of the nine-country winners pitched in front of leading tech executives and entrepreneurs on the continent including MEST’s very own…


A conversation with Baraka Jeremiah, founder of Kilimo Fresh and winner of MEST Africa Challenge 2020

Written by Brandason, Communications firm for the MEST Africa Challenge

Baraka Jeremiah; CEO and co-founder — Kilimo Fresh

The MEST Africa Challenge is Africa’s biggest tech startup pitch competition offering entrepreneurs and young businesses the opportunity of a lifetime; $50,000 in funding, a space in one of MEST’s Hubs, support from MEST’s Portfolio team, and amazing prizes from a diverse pool of ecosystem partners.

Over the course of three months, the Challenge held riveting country-level competitions featuring over seventy-five startups from Ethiopia, Kenya, Côte D’Ivoire, Rwanda, Ghana, Tanzania, Senegal, Nigeria, and South Africa.

For the live finale, each of the nine-country winners pitched in front of leading tech…


Written by Brandason, Strategic Communications Firm for the Tech By Her Accelerator, powered by MEST with support from the Tech Entrepreneurship Initiative, ‘Make-IT in Africa’, (implemented by Deutsche für Gesellschaft Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) on behalf of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development.

Today’s rapidly evolving world has brought with it an ever-increasing demand for a highly specialized and technical workforce capable of managing new technology and ways of working. In 2019, LinkedIn’s analysis of job postings determined that the most in-demand skills were in technical categories like cloud computing, artificial intelligence, and analytical reasoning. …

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