MEST Africa Challenge 2018 (equity investment)

MEST is celebrating 10 years of supporting aspiring African entrepreneurs with a first Pan-African pitch competition, the MEST Africa Challenge.

The Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology (MEST) was founded in 2008, in Ghana, and functions as a seed fund and incubator for exceptional African entrepreneurs.

It has since expanded to include incubator campuses in Nigeria (Lagos), South Africa (Cape Town) and Kenya (Nairobi). Here, it launched a partnership with Metta.


MEST Africa Challenge 2018 will give winning applicants the chance to meet and pitch to leading investors, corporate and ecosystem partners from Africa and beyond, at the finals in Cape Town. The trip will be fully funded.

The winning entrepreneurs could receive, as much as, sh.5,000,000 ($50,000) in equity investment and space in one of MEST’s incubators.

Companies that apply must be primarily tech-focused.

Regional pitch events for MEST Africa Challenge will be held to pick the finalists heading to Cape Town, South Africa. These events will be in:

  • Accra (April 28th)
  • Lagos (April 28th)
  • Nairobi (April 30th)
  • Cape Town (May 5th)

Deadline for application is April 22nd, 2018. Visit the official webpage to learn more and begin your application!