MEST Africa Partners with RingCaptcha for Portfolio Support

Sylvana Lewin, Tuesday March 12th 2019

MEST Africa is excited to announce their recent partnership with RingCaptcha, a San-Francisco based phone identity platform, to bring our Portfolio Companies access to their premium plan, which normally comes at a cost of USD49 per month, for no cost for 6 months. The plan includes:

  • Ability to send direct/notification SMS;
  • Setting of sender ID for your SMS (restrictions apply based on country etc.);
  • Customization of your one-time PIN (OTP) message;
  • Full fraud analytics to mitigate against fake phone numbers;
  • Emergency reload granting temporary credits to prevent service disruption if your credit card fails;
  • Lifetime technical support plus the opportunity to beta test RingCaptcha Inc., new software tool releases;
  • And more!

RingCaptcha’s communications API has helped enterprises and startups throughout the world scale including a number of Y Combinator and 500 Startup companies. The platform supports customers in onboarding users and improving user engagement. It has reported some of the highest conversion rates globally.

Anthony Takyi, RingCaptcha’s Regional Sales and Business Development Director for Africa, stated of the partnership,

MEST Africa is a Pan-African ecosystem that has returned some of the most disruptive, and long-term, economically viable technology solutions, incubating some of the most brilliant and hungry-to-solve problems entrepreneurs on the continent. We believe our partnership will go a long way to support many more portfolios to come.

The partnership will not just focus on providing current portfolio companies with this exciting product, but will also work on developing ways to reach the greater entrepreneurial ecosystem and create lasting impact. With over 50 companies in the MEST Portfolio working in incubators in Cape Town, Lagos, Nairobi, and Accra, this partnership will already extend its reach far and wide on the African continent.

MEST Incubator Portfolio Manager Jakub Byc believes the partnerships touches on an area that all tech companies can benefit from. He explained,

As a tech-focussed incubator, our start-ups rely on phone interactions with their customers. Regardless of industry, our companies need reliable phone verification and the ability to communicate with their users efficiently - which is just what Ringcaptcha provides. We're excited to work with RingCapthca to help our startups build and maintain those trusted relationships with their users.

Both MEST Africa and RingCaptcha are excited to be launching this partnership and look forward to creating a positive impact on entrepreneurs throughout Africa.