The 2020 MEST Africa Problem is thrilled to announce the nation ultimate winners who shall be competing within the Finale on the twelfth of August, for $50,000 in funding, prizes from companions and bragging rights as ‘Africa’s future tech big ’.
This 12 months’s competitors has been a historic one, with your complete occasion being held just about, and over eighty tech startups pitching from 9 Africa international locations. The enlargement of the competitors to different areas is part of MEST’s imaginative and prescient to assist extra startups in want of funding, amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
Every of the competing international locations had a whole week devoted to its finals, full with a novel set of judges properly versed in each the native and international tech ecosystems. And in probably the most breathtaking shows of ingenuity, innovation, and technological experience, these startups emerged as 2020’s nation winners:
Debo Engineering (Ethiopia): An built-in engineering agency with a give attention to rising applied sciences comparable to Synthetic Intelligence, ML, Large Information evaluation, cellular computing, and different disciplines associated to engineering. They design, analyze, develop, and implement good enterprise purposes for the agricultural, transportation, well being, and academic sectors.
Fundis (Kenya): A peer to see platform that helps prospects discover & rent competent, vetted, and dependable native service professionals. They goal to unravel the issue of Africa’s disorganized and fragmented casual sector by bringing craftsmen and native artisans collectively on one platform and making them simply accessible.
Tutoo (Côte d’Ivoire): An revolutionary e-learning platform that gives a disruptive training on cutting-edge applied sciences and entrepreneurial abilities in Francophone Africa. Their answer is supposed to handle the elevated availability of jobs within the ICT sector versus the inadequacy of expert labour accessible to fill these roles. Tutoo is digitally re-orienting right this moment’s youth to organize for tomorrow.
BAG Innovation (Rwanda): A startup dedicated to getting ready Africa’s future workforce by making use of gamification to supply real-time entry to experience-based studying for College college students in East Africa. Their platform helps graduates in Rwanda purchase abilities that may give them the publicity they should work of their chosen fields whereas nonetheless within the College. Collaborating with the creator of the worldwide recreation phenom, ‘Sweet Crush’, Bag Innovation has additionally created a recreation that will increase retention, conversion, and engagement amongst college students.
Oniocha Ltd (Ghana): An online-based platform enhancing the literary house in Africa by making entry to books fast and straightforward. They assist people purchase, promote, and swap books. Within the subsequent 5 years, additionally they goal to publish and distribute books via their platform.
Kilimo Contemporary Meals Africa Restricted (Tanzania): A startup growing digital farming options together with on-line produce distribution platforms and offering entry to fridges and chilly storage for farm produce. Their objective is to develop techniques that enable farmers to earn the next earnings from their yield.
Moussa Africa (Senegal): A know-how startup creating digital and monetary inclusion platforms to develop the socio-economic lives of Africans by reinventing the best way microfinance works. They help companies with working capital and items on credit score whereas working in partnership with provide corporations to offer uncooked supplies at reasonably priced costs to their purchasers.
Gradely (Nigeria): A customized on-line studying platform that harnesses the ability of information and AI to assist colleges and oldsters entry the training gaps of their youngsters in real-time. Their on-line periods supply AI-assisted assessments and the power to view pupil progress.
PopUpShopShop (South Africa): An internet market connecting manufacturers to nice areas in buying centres and excessive road places for brief or long run leases. Their platform is a simple to make use of instrument that simplifies the administration of business quick time period leases and affords a collection of tailor-made shopfitting options to make popping up straightforward.
In one other thrilling transfer, this 12 months’s competitors is introducing a brand new ingredient – the ‘Neighborhood Alternative Vote’ – which supplies viewers the chance to vote for his or her favourite startup stay in the course of the finale, and reward the winner with entry to the MEST Neighborhood and its advantages.
The MEST Africa Problem is a collaborative effort, with international tech big, Microsoft, because the lead companion, and assist from a community of ecosystem companions together with VC4A, AfriLabs, YUX, Briter Bridges, Blue Moon, Founders Manufacturing unit Africa, Silicon Cape, Gebeya, Nailab, Royal Work Hub, Development Africa, Nairobi Storage, Swahili Field, 250 Startups, Impression Hub Kigali, KLab, Ghana Tech Lab, Hacklab Basis, Transfer Me Again, SBIncubator, Seedstars, GrowthLab, Levers in Heels, Robotech Labs, Africarena, Impression Hub Lagos, Take My Phrase and She Leads Africa.