MEST Africa Challenge 2022 Shortlists 36 technology start-ups from 5 African Countries

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MEST Africa has announced a shortlist of 36 qualified technology start-ups from 5 African countries who will be going into the regional pitch competition stage of the 2022 MEST Africa Challenge. 

The Next Stage of the Competition

MEST has shared some key updates on the MEST Africa Challenge and the upcoming regional competitions. 

The regional competition stage will see the shortlisted start-ups placed into 4 main pitching groups that will participate in virtual pitch competitions scheduled to take place between the 10th and 13th of October 2022. Each pitch competition will be adjudicated by a panel of expert judges from around the continent. 

From the regional pitch stage, 10 finalists will be selected for the next stage, which will consist of individual interviews with the company founders. Following the interview stage, 5 start-ups will be selected, one from each market, to come to Ghana for the Final Pitch Competition and Demo Day.

Speaking on the selection process and changes to the regional competitions, the Director of Portfolio at MEST Africa Melissa Nsiah said:

“MAC has been an absolute thrill and we aren’t even at the finals yet! From planning to launching the actual competition, combing through hundreds of applications, the entire journey to select our top 36 start-ups to move forward to regional finals has been an exciting learning curve. Moving forward from last year’s fully virtual competition, I am impressed by the planning team’s creative approach in merging both virtual and in-person pitch styles to widen our audience and deliver the best overall experience for our partners and contestants alike”.

Meet the MAC Regional Finalists:

Wala Digital HealthHealth TechGhana
Swoove IncLogistics TechGhana
AppCycling Ghana LTDE-Waste Management & RecyclingGhana
Utopia TechnologiesTechnologyGhana
GAPhealth Technologies Ltd.Health techGhana
Synatech AfricaSoftware as a ServiceKenya
Nutritech SolutionsHealth careKenya
Afriagrimark Enterprise LimitedAgriTechKenya
EASYHOUSE AFRICAProptech/Fintech/EdtechKenya
mSwaliMobile gamingKenya
Hisa IncFintechKenya
ZEDA BROTHERS LTD (Parent Company)/ HeleneERP/AccountingNigeria Mental Health ServicesMental Health / WellnessNigeria
Angel’s RadarFinancial ServicesNigeria
Bridge Merchant EnterpriseAgritechNigeria
AWI Agricultural VentureAgri-TechNigeria
Sanwo Technologies LimitedTrustTechNigeria
Niteon LLCMarketplace, Procurement, Logistics, web 3.0Nigeria
Goods and Services 360 LtdClean CookingNigeria
Sproutly Inc.Fintech/ EdtechNigeria
KaCyber TechnologiesICT (Transport Tech)Senegal
Kweli SAS / Kweli IncB2B MarketplaceSenegal
SodishopE-commerce/ elogistiqueSenegal
SENDRA (Sénégalaise de Déconstruction et de Recyclage Automobile)CleanTechSenegal
Dots for Inc.Telecommunication and information technology in African rural areasSenegal
Zimi Charge (Pty) LtdE-MobilitySouth Africa
Dove Air IncHealthcareSouth Africa
Thumel TechnologiesLogisticSouth Africa
Desert Green Africa Agri InvestmentsAgritechSouth Africa

Key benefits of the program:

  • Funding of up to $50,000 for the winning start-up
  • Perk prizes from MEST’s Strategic Partners
  • Global visibility
  • Opportunity to build your networks
  • Professional coaching
  • Mentorship from experts
  • Opportunity to join the global MEST Community for lifetime benefits

Learn more and follow the journeys of the selected start-ups here.

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