Winner of the MEST Africa 2023 Challenge Announced

MEST Africa, the Pan-African tech entrepreneurship training program, seed fund, and incubator,  has announced Koa Academy as the grand prize winner of the 2023 MEST Africa Challenge (MAC).

Koa Academy, a South African ed-tech startup emerged the winner after a competitive pitch battle among Africa’s brightest tech innovators.

The startup will now receive an equity investment of $50,000, providing crucial financial support to accelerate its business growth.

Koa Academy offers dynamic and interactive courses for grades 4-12. With a focus on engagement and accessibility, it champions digital learning, making quality education available to anyone, anywhere, and transforming the educational landscape in South Africa.

“Winning the MEST Africa Challenge has been an amazing experience for the Koa Academy team. It highlights the hard work and dedication that everyone has put into growing Koa. This recognition is not just an award; it’s a testament to the passion and perseverance that drives us every day.” said Lauren Anderson, Co-founder and CEO, Koa Academy.

The MEST Africa Challenge continues to be a pivotal platform for emerging tech startups in Africa, offering funding, visibility, and support to innovate and scale.

The MEST Africa 2023 Challenge drew applications from hundreds of early-stage tech startups, rigorously assessed on criteria such as innovation, scalability, and team strength. Finalists from Ghana, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa and Kenya competed in the grand finale, demonstrating their unique solutions and business models to a panel of esteemed judges, including investors and industry experts.

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Nixon Kanali

Tech journalist based in Nairobi. I track and report on tech and African startups. Founder and Editor of TechTrends Media. Nixon is also the East African tech editor for Africa Business Communities. Send tips to

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