MEST Africa Challenge 2019, a competition to scale-up African companies.

Are you the founder of a technology startup currently operating in Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya, Cote d’Ivoire or South Africa, ready to scale across Africa? MEST Africa Challenge is for you.


This is MEST Africa’s second annual MEST Africa Challenge, a Pan-African pitch competition for scale-ups based in Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya, South Africa or Cote d’Ivoire who are ready to expand into new markets. This year’s 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.

The team at MEST, along with this year’s platinum sponsor Microsoft, looks forward to hosting the second edition of the Challenge Finals at the 2019 MEST Africa Summit, which will bring together leading African and global entrepreneurs, investors, corporate partners and ecosystem players in MEST Africa’s newest home, Nairobi, Kenya.


To be eligible for this competition, you must be a revenue-generating startup, Ready to scale into additional markets, Part of a team with at least 10 people, Seeking funding


Submit your company for the MEST Africa Challenge! Country winners from each region will be flown to the finals at the MEST Africa Summit in Nairobi to compete for up to $50,000 in equity investment and a range of other support to accelerate their Pan-African scale-up.

The program

Top companies in each region will be invited to pitch at regional events, to be held on the following dates, at MEST Incubator locations or local partners office:

Accra: Wednesday, February 27

Nairobi: Wednesday, February 27

Lagos: Thursday, February 28

Cape Town: Thursday, February 28

Abidjan: Thursday, February 28


Applications for this year’s Challenge will be open from January 14th – February 15th, 2019. If you are a post-revenue tech business, in any vertical, which can show why you should be taken seriously as a leader in your space, you are encouraged to apply.


For more information, visit Mest Africa Challenge


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