Winners For MEST Africa Country Announced



Aug. 10, 2020, 4:12 p.m.

The Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology (MEST), a Pan-African entrepreneurial training program, seed fund, and a tech incubator and hub,has announced the country winners for this year’s edition of the MEST Africa Challenge.

The MEST Africa Challenge is an African tech startup pitch competition for early-stage companies in some African countries including Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Tanzania and South Africa.

This year, 83 regional finalists were selected in June to participate in the virtual pitch event to select the overall winners for each country.

From the pitch, Debo Engineering, an agritech startup emerged as the ultimate winner from Kenya.

Fundis, a Kenyan startup that connects users to vetted craftsmen also came top among the contestants from Kenya.

The Ivory Coast event was also won by Tutoo+, an edtech startup.

Another edtech startup in Rwanda dubbed BAG Innovation won the Rwandan edition of the competition.

Oniocha, an online bookstore was also crowned winner out of the competitors from Ghana.


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A digital farming solutions startup, Kilimo Fresh Foods, took first place in Tanzania’s edition of the pitch.

Gradely, an AI-based edtech platform also took first place in Nigeria’s pitch event.

PopUpShopShop, an online business platform that connects brands in shopping centres to spaces for long or short term rentals won the pitch in South Africa.

Moussa Africa, a fintech startup, also won in Senegal.

The nine overall winners for the national pitch event will now participate in a global competition in front of entrepreneurs, investors, corporate partners and ecosystem players for the chance to win a $50,000 in equity investment from MEST and an opportunity to join the MEST incubator community

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