MEST Africa this year selected 83 companies making the shortlist and out of those announced, the best out of each country 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.
Due to COVID-19, all of country pitch competitions will be virtual and 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.
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.
Startups 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.