MEST Africa Challenge is a Pan-African pitch competition for early-stage technology startups seeking to ramp up traction and growth.

This year, we are thrilled to bring even more excitement to early-stage technology entrepreneurs with startups based in Ghana, Nigeria, Senegal, Kenya, and South Africa.

As part of this prestigious competition, founders stand a chance to win the coveted USD 50,000 in equity, gain global recognition, and become part of MEST Africa’s lifelong supportive community.

Eligibility criteria

  • Early-stage technology startup
  • Operational in either Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa or Senegal
  • Monthly Recurring Revenue: A minimum of $5k
  • Funding raised: $0 to $1M cumulative
  • Years in existence: 3 years and below
  • Traction: At least 6 months of recurring revenue
  • Founding team: At least 2 founding team members
  • Registered in Delaware (This is preferred)
  • Any industry
  • Any business model (B2B, B2C, B2B2C, B2G etc…)
  • All participants must pitch in English


    • Application opens: 28th August 2023
    • Application closes: 9th October 2023
    • Regional Finalist Announcement: 3rd November 2023
    • Regional Finals: 20th November 2023 – 24th November 2023
    • Finalist announcement: 27th November 2023
    • Final Demo Day: December 2023

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  • Submit a pitch deck and a 3minute video pitch
  • The vide duration should be a maximum of 3minutes and can be taken with a mobile phone
  • The applicant must appear on camera for the pitch. This means that animated videos, videos with text and voiceover e.t.c cannot be used as the pitch.
  • Applicants will not be scored on video quality, as the focus will be on the pitch itself, however, the applicant must ensure he/she is visible
  • The pitch must be in English