COVID-19 pandemic has created many uncertainties around the world. MEST is aware of these uncertainties and has decided to extend the deadline of its annual tech challenge.
The new deadline is 13 May 2020.
Jorn Lyseggen, MEST’s CEO, says, the firm has realized how important the MEST Africa Challenge, including funding opportunities, is to startups in the region.
In his remark, MEST is committed to helping promising startups in Africa. The finalists will receive the needed exposure, network, and funding to start their businesses on a high.
Entrepreneurs participating in the country-wide competitions will have the opportunity to pitch their ideas virtually to a panel of judges, consisting of experts. Finalists from each of the countries will also be made to compete on a global stage, but this time, in front of investors, ecosystem players, entrepreneurs, and corporate partners. There is also a chance for the winner to walk home with $50,000 from MEST, including a rare opportunity to join MEST’s incubator community.
For the second year in a roll, the online competition will have the honor of partnering with Microsoft, a tech heavyweight. And Microsoft will be crucial to the MEST Africa Challenge’s success, as the program goes entirely virtual due to the realities on the ground.
Things have challenged in the MES Africa Challenge. But it’s for the better. The organizers are expanding their reach from the previous five target market to nine in this term.
Who Can Apply for the 2020 MEST Africa Challenge?
Tech entrepreneurs can apply for this competition, particularly those in Africa. However, the regions covered are; Nigeria, South Africa, Ghana, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Senegal, and Côte d’Ivoire.
So, if you are a tech entrepreneur from the above countries, please hurry up and apply for this program.
The deadline is 13 May 2020.
You can apply for the 2020 MEST Africa Challenge here.