MEST Africa selects 50 startups for its second annual challenge


50 scale-ups have been selected into the second annual MEST Africa Challenge taking place February 27 and 28 in Accra, Lagos, Nairobi, Cape Town and Abidjan.

The five regional winners will be flown to the MEST Africa Summit in Nairobi in June, where they will compete on a global stage for up to $50k in equity investment and the opportunity to join the Pan-African MEST incubator community.

The 2019 Challenge attracted over 1,000 applications, out of which 50 have been chosen to compete in the semi-finals in Accra, Nairobi, Lagos, Cape Town and Abidjan. Regional pitch competitions will be held on the following dates at MEST Incubator locations or local partners offices.

Accra, Ghana:Wednesday, February 27

Regional finalists from Accra are:

– iKolilu Ghana
– DizzitUp
– GetRooms
– eCampus
– DNA 4 Wheels
– CodeStinks Limited

Judges include: 
Yasmin Kumi (Founder/Managing Director of Africa Foresight Group)
Ian Jiddah (Operating Partner at Chanzo Capital)
Abdul-Latif Issahaku (Data and Devices Manager at MTN)

Nairobi, KenyaWednesday, February 27

Regional finalists from Nairobi are:

– Baobab Circle
– Raise
– Tulaa
– Mosabi
– Asaak Financial Services
– Optimetriks
– Eko Biashara
– Tambua Intelligent Diagnostics
– Angaza Elimu
– Dawati

Judges include:
Bruce Nsereko-Lule (Investment Principal at Chandaria Capital)
Niraj Varia (Partner at Novastar Ventures)
Ashwin Ravichandran (Director of Portfolio Support at MEST Africa)

Lagos, Nigeria: Thursday, February 28

Regional finalists from Lagos are:

– SonoCare
– Crop2Cash
– SecureFarmer
– The MUDiA Project
– The Smarthub
– Livekampus
– EduPoint Limited
– Schoolphix

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Judges include: 
Soromfe Uzomah (Head of Strategic Partnerships, Africa Initiatives at Microsoft)
Kola Aina (Founding Partner of Ventures Platform) 
Abasiama Idaresit (CEO of Wild Fusion) 
Aaron Fu (MD of MEST Africa)

Cape Town, South Africa:Thursday, February 28

Regional finalists from Cape town are:

– Snode Technologies
– Kuba
– Agri360
– MyBraai
– Lightbulb Education
– AfricaScope South Africa (Pty) Ltd
– Kasi Eats
– Beleaf & Co
– Digital Shift

Judges include: 
Arlene Mulder(Co-Founder of Toybox)
Craig McLeod(CEO of Playpaid)

Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire:Thursday, February 28

Regional finalists from Abidjan are:

– StarNews Mobile
– Moja Ride
– Seekewa
– Smartphorce Holding
– Kalejob
– weebi

Judges include: 
Linda Nanan Valle(Senior Advisor at the Ministry of Communication, Digital Economy and the Post)
Régis Bamba (Senior Specialist Products & Services at MTN) 
Alexis Roman (Portfolio Manager at MEST Africa)