2017: 10 Moments to Remember for MEST Companies2017 a year to remember at MEST, and an incredibly exciting year for many of our companies. From the launch of 2 brand new incubator spaces in Lagos and Cape Town, to our twelve new portfolio companies, to the first acquisition by a MEST company, 2017 was a big year. As we enter 2018 and look to celebrate our tenth anniversary, we would like to look back at the top ten highlights for MEST companies from 2017!
Kudobuzz CEO Kena Amoah participated in PitchDrive
In August, Kudobuzz CEO Kena Amoah joined 13 other African startups for a tour of tech cities across Europe as a part of CcHub’s PitchDrive. During the trip, Amoah had the opportunity to visit London, Amsterdam, Zurich, and Berlin and pitch in front of a multitude of investors, entrepreneurs, and big players in the tech space.
TroTro Tractor and Ghalani joined the enPact mentoring programme
Starting in September 2017, TroTro Tractor and Ghalani were accepted into the Enpact mentorship program. During the course of eight months, participants attend two startup camps in Africa and Europe as well as receive mentorship from experts in technology, business, supply chain management, and more.
SynCommerce won TechCrunch Battlefield Africa
In October, SynCommerce won the Gaming and Entertainment category at the first edition of TechCrunch Startup Battlefield Africa in Nairobi. TechCrunch Startup Battlefield is the world’s preeminent startup competition, with previous winners including companies like Mint, Dropbox, and Yammer.
meQasa acquired Jumia House
In November, MEST Incubator Accra company meQasa acquired Jumia House Ghana, firmly establishing their property portal as the country’s largest and most trusted platform. WIth the acquisition of Jumia House Ghana, meQasa.com will have over 150,000 visits from property seekers every month.
Qisimah won a WSA 2017 award
In November, new MEST company Qisimah won a World Summit Award for the Best National Digital Solution in the Business in Commerce Category, which they will receive at the WSA Global Congress in Vienna, Austria in March 2018. Qisimah was congratulated by the government of Ghana in a press conference held by the Minister of Environment, Science, Technology, and Innovations. Previous winners of the WSA Business and Commerce Category include HostelWorld, HootSuite, and TransferWise.
Asoriba expanded to Kenya, Nigeria, and South Africa
2017 saw church CRM Asoriba scale to become a truly Pan-African brand. Asoriba first scaled their product to South Africa via the TechStars Barclay’s Accelerator, then to Nigeria with the help of MEST partner Interswitch, and most recently into Kenya. In the past, the company has been featured on CNN.
Flippy Campus piloted deal engine software
Flippy Campus pivoted in 2017 and piloted a new deal engine software, which will allow students to receive bargains on popular items through the app. The app now offers exclusive discounts for food, events, movies, and more.
Amplify rolled out mTransfers
Amplify Pay released a new payment solution called mTransfers, which will enable users to transfer funds and perform other banking services via Whatsapp, Facebook Messenger, Instagram, Blackberry Messenger, Twitter, and other social media platforms without leaving the platform or switching apps.
Tress featured on BBC
Tress started 2017 with a bang as the company was featured as one of BBC News’ five African inventions to look out for. A social community mobile app, Tress provides black women and hair professionals a place to discover and share hairstyle inspiration, information, and tips.
A big year for DropQue
2017 was an exciting year for recruitment app DropQue. In August, they were selected as one of the top ten Nigerian startups by Seedstars World. Then in October, they were selected to represent Nigerian innovation and technology alongside nine other Nigerian startups at the Gulf Information Technology Exhibition (GITEX). GITEX is the premier annual technology event in the Middle East, Asia, and Africa.
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Due to COVID-19, MEST postpones training program to next year and doubles down on growing portfolio companies
At MEST, we continue to be deeply concerned about COVID-19 and have been closely monitoring developments locally and globally. Our number one priority remains the health and safety of our community and we will continue to follow local authority and health official guidelines.
Due to the ongoing nature of the pandemic and the uncertainty that the future of travel holds, we have been unable to conduct in-person interviews and host recruitment around Africa for our next cohort. For this reason, we have taken the decision to postpone the Training Program to next year.
While these circumstances are indeed unfortunate, we see this as an exciting opportunity at MEST to double down on providing support and mentorship to our existing portfolio companies and the African ecosystem.
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