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  The Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology (MEST) invites early-stage technology startups from across Africa to enter its annual pitch competition, the MEST Africa Challenge. This program presents them with a chance to win equity funding, enjoy global visibility, and receive lifetime support from the MEST community and its partners.
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Now in its fifth year, the MEST Africa Challenge opens up opportunities for growth to startups based in Nigeria, Ghana, Senegal, Kenya, and South Africa. Thus far, it has exposed hundreds of African startups to a global audience and helped them on the path to tremendous success. The organizers of the 2023 edition of this competition say that this year’s program will be no different in that respect.
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Participants in the MEST Africa Challenge stand a chance of getting the following:
  • $50,000 in equity, offered to the competition’s winner
  • Gain global visibility from MEST’s partners and investors from across the world
  • Join the MEST community and receive lifetime support from its many members
  • Miscellaneous prizes provided by MEST’s strategic partners

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This competition is open to startups that meet these conditions:
  • Must have a monthly recurring revenue of at least $5,000
  • Raised no more than $1 million thus far (cumulative)
  • In existence for no more than 3 years
  • Should have at least 6 months of recurring revenue
  • Must have at least 2 founding team members
  • Startups registered in Delaware will be given preference
Applications will remain open until October 9, 2023. If you want to learn more about the MEST Africa Challenge, you can do so HERE. Featured Image Source: Opportunity Desk
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This article was first published on 31st August 2023


Ikenna Nwachukwu holds a bachelor's degree in Economics from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. He loves to look at the world through multiple lenses- economic, political, religious and philosophical- and to write about what he observes in a witty, yet reflective style.

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