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List of 50 tech startups selected for the second annual MEST Africa Challenge

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MEST Africa has announced the 50 startups that have been selected to take part in the second annual MEST Africa Challenge. The challenge will take place on February 27 and 28 in Accra, Lagos, Nairobi, Cape Town and Abidjan.

Finalists from each country will attend the MEST Africa Summit in Nairobi, Kenya, June 10-12, 2019, where they will once again compete on a global stage for up to $50k in equity investment and the opportunity to join the Pan-African MEST incubator community.

Five regional winners from the selected startups 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.

MEST says 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.

Below is the full list of the startups from the five countries and dates when the regional pitches will be held. The pitches will be done at MEST Incubator locations or local partners offices.

Accra, Ghana: Wednesday, February 27

The selected regional finalists from Ghana are:

  1. iKolilu Ghana
  2. OZÉ
  3. COCOA SIKA
  4. DizzitUp
  5. Sokocentre.com
  6. GetRooms
  7. eCampus
  8. DNA 4 Wheels
  9. CodeStinks Limited

Nairobi, Kenya: Wednesday, February 27

The selected startups are :

  1. Baobab Circle
  2. Raise
  3. Tulaa
  4. Mosabi
  5. Asaak Financial Services
  6. Optimetriks
  7. Eko Biashara
  8. Tambua Intelligent Diagnostics
  9. Angaza Elimu
  10. Dawati

Lagos, Nigeria: Thursday, February 28

The Regional finalists from Lagos are:

  1. myPadi.ng
  2. SonoCare
  3. Crop2Cash
  4. SecureFarmer
  5. The MUDiA Project
  6. AMPZ
  7. The Smarthub
  8. Livekampus
  9. EduPoint Limited
  10. Schoolphix

Cape Town, South Africa: Thursday, February 28

The Regional finalists from Cape town are:

  1. Snode Technologies
  2. Kuba
  3. JOBJACK
  4. Agri360
  5. MyBraai
  6. Lightbulb Education
  7. AfricaScope South Africa (Pty) Ltd
  8. Kasi Eats
  9. Beleaf & Co
  10. Digital Shift

Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire:Thursday, February 28

The regional finalists from Abidjan are:

  1. StarNews Mobile
  2. CINETPAY
  3. Moja Ride
  4. TRIPAFRIQUE
  5. QUICKCASH
  6. DIGITECH AFRICA LTD
  7. Seekewa
  8. Smartphorce Holding
  9. Kalejob
  10. weebi

MEST Africa Challenge is  a Pan-African pitch competition for tech startups based in Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya, South Africa or Cote d’Ivoire who are ready to expand into new markets.

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Featured Image: MEST Cape Town Incubator Space/CIO East Africa.

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Kanali is a freelance tech journalist based in Nairobi. For product reviews, pitches, guest posts, or interviews drop me an e-mail nickcanali@gmail.com/nkanali@techtrendske.co.ke.

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