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MEST has invested in nearly 60 early stage software companies, in industries ranging from e-commerce, to agritech, fintech, healthtech, AI and more

Case Study


meQasa dominates online real estate marketplace in Ghana

After raising a Series A round, meQasa went on to become the largest online real estate marketplace in Ghana and acquired their largest competitor, Jumia House.

Damansah
Empowering African business owners

Damansah helps African micro-business owners to easily manage their financial activities and improve their financial literacy. There are 200 to 400 million micro enterprises in emerging markets that are falling out of the formal sector bracket and lacking access to capital. Damansah has the unique opportunity to move these micro enterprises to the formal sector by focusing on enabling business owners to practice better financial management and improving their financial literacy thereby improving access to capital. 

TEAM

Claver Nambegue Coulibaly - CEO
Michael Prince Danho - CPO
Mohamed Bakayoko - CTO

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Soil Solutions
Good soil, high yield

Smallholder farmers in Ghana do not have access to affordable soil nutrient analysis tools, often leading to poor decisions on crop type and fertilizer usage. This translates into high production costs and low yield.

Soul Solutions provides an affordable “Do It Yourself” soil test kit that tests for basic nutrients (NPK and pH)  and generates relevant, reliable and timely data on soil fertility. Our customers are agribusinesses, input dealers, development partners and agric extension officers in Ghana.

TEAM

Dennis Appiah-Sasraku - CEO
Edna Awisie Tetteh - COO
Moses Samanhyia - CTO

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TechShelta
Go-to hub for greenhouse support services

Today vegetable greenhouse farmers achieve only about 40% of expected yields due to inadequate knowledge, inefficient manual operations and lack of marketing support. TechShelta is a web and mobile application that provides greenhouse farmers, resellers, consumers and inpur dealers with on-demand access to advisory, automation and market linkages.

TEAM

Paul Asiedu - CEO
Gifty Mintaa Quarshie - CMO
Kennedy Adufah - COO
Bob Hawkson - CPO

ProFish
Cheaper, more convenient fish delivery

According to FAO, Ghana is the second largest fish consumer in Africa, with an annual fish consumption of $521 million recorded in 2017. However, eateries, retail businesses, and processors find it difficult to get consistent fish supply due to time constraints, and logistical inefficiencies. Lojaanor, a product of ProFish, is a platform that them to have fish delivered consistently and at a relatively cheaper price. Customers place an order via a USSD short code, and when Lojaanor gets the alert, it picks the fish from farmer and delivers to customer.

TEAM

Caroline Pomeyie - CEO
Alex Calvin Gbetie - CTO
Emmanuel Tetteh Apeku - COO
Benjamin Setor Aflakpui - CMO

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Kwidex
Funding agriculture for returns

4 million Ghanaian farming households have issues with accessing funds for their agribusinesses every year. They would typically resort to informal sources of financing, including the use of middle men, which has proven to be highly unreliable, inflexible and expensive. Kwidex is a web and mobile platform that allows farmers and agribusinesses to source funds from the public in exchange for a share of their profits at the end of a farming cycle, project or campaign. Agribusinesses get to choose their own rates of repayment, solving the issues of flexibility and cost, while returns offered by these agribusinesses entice the lenders to give, thereby creating a reliable network.

 

TEAM

Kofi Mantey Seyram - CEO
Prince Asamoah - COO
Eugene Ofori Asiedu - CTO

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BACE
Identities you can trust

The cost and complexity of KYC compliance is putting a lot strain on the onboarding and client relationship processes of financial institutions. BACE brings cutting edge facial recognition technology to bear on the problem of identity and KYC in Africa, beginning with financial institutions that have some of the strictest KYC requirements  of any industry.

Press

Nominated for best disruptive innovation at AppsAfrica Awards 2018

TEAM

Samuel Sowah Mensah - CEO
Charlette N'Guessan - COO
Cedric Attiembonon - CPO
Arinze Ugwu - CTO

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CodeIn
Find and hire the ideal developer

Finding and identifying skilled software developers takes a lot of time and effort, from sourcing for talent to verifying their skills. Codeln is an online Technical Recruitment Platform that handles talent sourcing and screening. Our marketplace offers a database of pre-vetted programmers. We validate their skills with our testing platform before placing them on our marketplace. We give the Programmers projects to build on our platform which is monitored for cheat detection. We analyse their code, then offer a comprehensive report with our recommendation to the Recruiter.

 

TEAM

Elohor Thomas - CEO
Philisiah Mwaluma - CTO
Dennis Ruhiu - COO
Dexter Ouattara - CPO

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Jumeni
Field operations reimagined

Companies involved in field operations face challenges in managing their mobile workforce, collecting data collected from the field, and receiving payments from customers. Jumeni provides cloud-based field management software that brings transparency to the field by making it easy to schedule and assign tasks to field workers, collect and analyze data from them, and digitally receive payments from customers.

 

TEAM

Eyram Amedzor - CEO
Kevin Gawo - CPO
Emmanuel Oduro - CTO

Truckr
Bringing your goods home

Truck drivers have to standby an average of 3 to 4 weeks in order to be assigned cargo to transport. Cargo owners in need of transportation make use of agents in booking these trucks and drivers for their cargo. The agents, however, have no way of monitoring the cargo in transit which easily gets delayed or stolen. Truckr is a secure and centralized online marketplace which enables listing and booking of third-party trucks. Truckr gives real-time visibility, cargo-in-transit insurance and communication channels to cargo owners.

 

TEAM

Chiamaka Nwosu - CEO
Caryl Joshua Akonor - CPO
Tshepo Morabane - COO

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Complete Farmer
Farming made easy

Individuals in corporate Ghana, retirees and people in the diaspora have shown keen interest in starting an agribusiness so they can earn a secondary source of income. However, time constraints, middlemen and limited access to information and input are major barriers to starting an agribusiness. Complete Farmer builds and manages farms for such individuals and provides them with real time insights on what’s happening on their farms through our online dashboard. This way anyone can own, manage their farms and earn money anywhere across the globe.

 

TEAM

Desmond Koney - CEO
Andrew Quartey - CTO

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QualiTrace
Anti-counterfeiting solutions for the agricultural industry

 

According to research by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, ‘Counterfeiting in African Agricultural inputs’, about $1.5 trillion in counterfeits in the agriculture industry are recorded globally on annual basis. Consumers to a large extent cannot independently verify the genuineness and source of products they buy on the market. Regulatory authorities are under resourced thus unable to track goods and inputs on the market and in use. QualiTrace provides an anti-counterfeiting solution to fake farm inputs by authenticating inputs and validating outputs using mobile technology.

 

TEAM

Kenneth Abdulai Nelson - CEO
Jennifer-Jayne Asante - COO
Padiki Esi Tiah-Bukari - CMO
Divine Puplampu - CTO
Ebenezer Emmanuel Owusu - Co-founder

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ArgoInnova
The poultry farmer's best friend

Poultry farmers Ghana find it difficult to monitor and keep comprehensive records of their farm operations. They also find it difficult to access a guaranteed market for their produce. AgroInnova, with its product ‘AKOKOTAKRA’, is an enterprise mobile and web-based management system that enables poultry farmers to record, monitor, and track their operations in real time.

 

TEAM

Patrick Ofosu Agyeman - CEO
Amos Narh Doku - CMO
Kelvin Kotey Ashie - CCO
Moses Gagbah Mallaghan - COO

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Qisimah
Easy, accurate audio insights

Key stakeholders in the music industry in Africa do not have efficient and effective ways to measure how often and where their content is played. Qisimah is a radio content monitoring platform that provides key stakeholders in the music industry with real-time data in regards to their music, by tracking which radio stations are playing their songs, and where their songs are being played, geographically.

With the data extracted from this digital platform:

  • Music rights collection agencies are able to effectively monitor content airplay to help collect royalties on behalf of their members
  • Musicians are able to tell where their music is trending geographically
  • Music Award schemes are able to award nominees according to real-time data, giving them credibility
  • Research institutions are able to truly understand how music is consumed by the masses, by understanding which genres are trending in different regions of the world
  • Music executives are able to discover new talent by knowing which musicians are trending in different parts of the worl
  • In addition to music licensed under traditional copyright, artists using Creative Commons licensing are able to track use of their content. This gives them the opportunity to develop relevant business models

MAJOR MILESTONES

Nominated as Best National Digital Solution for Ghana for World Summit Awards 2017 in Business and Commerce Category

TEAM

Sakhile Xulu - CEO
Kofi Aboagye-Akyea - CPO
Solomon Appiah - CTO

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Anitrack
Manage your livestock investment

Over 60% of livestock farmers in Ghana interviewed complained that they were losing their animals, but they didn’t have an understanding of what went wrong. Anitrack is a webapp that offers animal health monitoring and identification for livestock farmers. The solution uses an array of sensors in the form of a wearable device that fits around the neck of the animal to monitor vitals such as temperature and report changes when necessary.

 

TEAM

Winnie Akoko - CEO
Tony Marfo - CTO
Abdul-Hak Saani - CFO

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VendyAds
Purchase media space online

THE PROBLEM

Traditionally, radio stations make most of their profits from large corporations and companies like telcos, banks, insurance companies etc. that run major marketing campaigns. Due to this, they spend significant amounts of money trying to acquire these customers through sales personnel. Currently, the number of radio stations in Ghana alone stands at 354, with Africa’s total numbering over 5000. As a result of the fierce competition, these radio stations are often left with up to 50% ad space (prime time) unsold.

Ironically, there are over 154,000 SMEs that are equally looking for media space to buy but are not the focus of these radio stations due to the difference between cost of acquiring them and the profit they bring.

VendyAds is a mobile and web solution that enables media companies to efficiently sell their ad space and reach the larger market, mainly made up of SMEs. It’s an all-in-one ad sales software that provides a combination of CRM, and marketplace and payments integration. Advertisers directly send ads via a mobile app, hence shortening the media buying process.

 

TEAM

Ebenezer Emmanuel Owusu - CEO
Charles Opoku Agyeman - CTO
Neville Masheti - CPO

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Joluud
Digitizing facility management in Africa

Although infrastructure development is on the raise in Africa, facilities managers are still using spreadsheets and notebooks to manage complex facilities. In Ghana and Nigeria alone, there are over 10,000 serviced apartments and hostels that are still using these processes. Joluud helps facilities managers plan, execute, and predict maintenance operations in order to help them better manage their properties.

 

TEAM

Luqman M. Musah - CEO
Joshua Oguntade - CTO
David Obi Kenechukwu - CMO

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Bidii Build
Simple and effective construction management

Construction projects generally take 20% more time than predicted and come in at 80% over budget. As projects are getting bigger and more complicated in scope, contractors are still stuck in time with how they do their work. Bidii Build is a simple and effective construction management tool for African markets. BidiiBuild helps construction managers to keep track of all their projects, tracking daily project work, inventory and budgets in one place.

 

TEAM

Kelvin Wachira - CEO
Joseph Kossi Abokpoe - CTO
Solomon Daboni Nyefene - CPO

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BuildPals
Construction tendering made easy

Quantity Surveyors spend a lot of time reviewing and evaluating bids during a competitive bidding process. Buildpals is a bid management tool for the construction industry which reduces evaluation time from 1 day to less than 1 hour.

“Construction is one of the largest, but also one of the most inefficient industries in the world — creating a multi-trillion dollar opportunity for construction tech companies and their investors”
- Todd Hitt

TEAM

Alfred Adusah - CoFounder
Peter Ohara - CoFounder
Kwaku Boateng - CoFounder

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Aidah
Chatbot building platform for social commerce merchants

Merchants who sell primarily through social media often lose a number of customers due to delayed responses to product or customer service enquiries. These merchants also want better means of engaging their customers and closing sales faster. Customers, on the other hand, want instant and uninterrupted access to merchants at point of sale. Aidah provides an intelligent sales assistant that enables social commerce merchants to respond instantly to their customers and close sales significantly faster.

 

TEAM

Nancy Ewurum - CEO/Cofounder
Frederick Boateng - CPO/Cofounder
John Otu - CTO/Cofounder

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Noni
Saving and investing, simplified

Ghanaian professionals looking to make investments for the first time often find the investment process long and tedious. As well, there is no efficient way to make easy payments into their investment accounts. Noni is an online tool that provides access to investment products, consumer friendly information, and seamless payment options for the Ghanaian market.

 

TEAM

Richard Yao Baku - CoFounder
Emmanuel Akin-Awokoya - CoFounder
Andrew Nduati Njage - CoFounder

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AF Radio
Rediscover radio

AF Radio's flagship product allows radio broadcasters to turn their live shows into pre-recorded podcasts. This enables them to increase audience engagement and revenue potential by allowing them to host and deliver their audio content on any platform, for listeners to engage with at their convenience. In 2018, they launched their second product, AdMaxx, which leverages the AF Radio platform to enable brands (advertisers) to better reach radio listeners with dynamic, 30-second ads, hosted on prime AF Radio shows. With over 600 podcasts and audio clips uploaded monthly on AF Radio, they securely serve content over 150,000 times each month.

 

TEAM

Bubunyo Nyavor - CEO

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meQasa
Africa's real estate marketplace

The process of finding a property to buy or rent tedious and manual in Africa due to lack of information, and the limited options of organized, online tools and platforms available. MeQasa is an easy-to-use online real estate marketplace that gives updated property options to seekers and provides property owners/developers and real estate agents a cheaper and more effective way to reach their target market.

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TEAM

Kelvin Nyame - CEO
Kofi Amuasi - Co-founder
Rashad Seini - Business Dev

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Leti Arts
Edtech & mobile gaming

Leti Arts seeks to preserve African heritage and culture from all over the continent, while bringing to light some of the prevalent issues plaguing our continent, from jet fuel sniffing in children, to corruption, etc. Leti produces mobile games and comics that present stories of historic African superheroes, brought into the 21st century, merging the past with the present to excite and inspire younger generations to learn and engage with African history and culture. Their latest product, Afrocomix, offers a mobile marketplace and content hub for all Afrocentric creative work made by Africans.

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TEAM

Eyram Tawia - CEO
Abena Addai Boakye - Communications Lead
Wesley Kirinya - CTO
Kwadwo Frimpong Ammaning - Lead Artist

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Kudobuzz
Advertising & marketing software SMBs

Customer reviews and testimonials are core to an online merchant’s ability to convert new business, but it’s difficult and time-consuming to gather reviews coming from social and the web for customers to see. Kudobuzz collects reviews from social media and displays them on a brand’s website, helping to increase conversions.

PRESS

TEAM

Kena Amoah - CEO
David Tettah - CPO
William Obeng - CTO

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Asoriba
Church CRM & financial inclusion tool

Communication and engagement with members of a church congregation is often ineffective and expensive for church leaders. As well, they face difficulty monitoring member attendance, tracking financial contributions and publicizing church events. Asoriba is a web-based and mobile CRM for churches that enables effective administration and seamless engagement with members, while allowing for convenient online donations.

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TEAM
Saviour Dzage - CEO
Nana Agyemn Prempeh - Business Development
Jesse Johnson - CPO/mobile
Patrick Ohemeng Tutu - CTO

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Devless
BaaS plug and play platform

Beginner developers spend the bulk of their time working on the data access layer known as the backend of apps rather than building great user experiences, which often results in poor product reviews. DevLess is a platform that allows beginner developers to rapidly prototype and launch a backend for web and mobile applications in 10 minutes or less using plug-and-play modules.

TEAM

Edwin Tsatsu Selormey - CEO
Edmond Mensah - CTO
Julius Odai - CPO

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Ghalani
A hub of software tools for the agricultural value chains

Farmers have inaccurate or lack of farm records needed to make informed decisions on their farms’ productivity. Some record their farm information in several booklets and find it difficult to make accurate reports Ghalani is a web and mobile farm management solution that enables farmers and agribusinesses to efficiently & accurately manage their farm records so as to increase productivity and reduce costs.

 

TEAM

Tabitha Nazala Mayabi - CEO
Amanze Ogbonna - CTO
Clinton Mbah - Mobile App Developer

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SynCommerce
Multi-channel inventory & sales management

Online merchants who sell across multiple sales channels spend several hours switching from one platform to another to manage their stores and synchronize inventory and orders. SynCommerce is a cloud-based inventory and order management application that makes it easy for online merchants to manage stores across multiple sales channels, such as Shopify, eBay, Etsy and Amazon.

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TEAM

Christian Osei-Bonsu - CEO
Albert Fiati-Kumasenu - CTO
Funu Joel - Product Manager

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Transgov GH
Public information & gov't transparency

Governments across Africa still have traditional approaches to delivering citizen-centric services, and citizens often have very little input into how these services are rendered. This had led to general public apathy as citizens do not have access to readily available information and are unable to influence decision-making. TransGov Ghana provides cloud-based solutions to government agencies in West Africa to aid them in making data driven decisions, and increasing their efficiency, effectiveness, transparency and citizen engagement.

 

TEAM

Jerry Akanyi-King - CEO
Kennedy Anyinatoe - CTO

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TroTro Tractor
Marketplace for tractor services

Presently a large percentage of smallholders in Ghana are still using hand-held tools like hoes and machetes. The high cost involved in the purchase and maintenance of a tractor and its accompaniment(s) has limited the number of machinery available for use by these farmers. At the same time, tractor owners are unable monitor operations of their equipment and potential returns on their investment. TroTro Tractor makes agricultural mechanization (Tractor) services available, accessible and affordable to enhance productivity, improve efficiency and reduce post-harvest loss.

 

TEAM

Kamal Deen Yakub - CEO
Ansah-Amprofi Emmanuel - COO
Adam Muhideen Mohammad - CTO

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Nandimobile
Empowering connections via SMS

Information dissemination in Africa is a problem. It is difficult to find information about businesses, business locations, products and services on the go. Businesses are looking for information about potential leads for their businesses, data on products and services preferred etc. for decision-making. Nandimoble offers affordable, SMS-based software that enables communication between businesses and their customers, as well as Gripeline, a customer support application created to enable businesses to handle customer support issues via SMS. The latest product “Keni” involves collecting information about businesses, products, services their availability and location and presenting this data to users to aid their decision making while making users available to businesses to interact with.

 

TEAM

David Selorm Worthmore - CEO
Selassie Caesar - COO

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Ampersand
Connection people & technology

Currently there is a high demand for robust software solutions and high quality developers to create purpose-build products for small and medium sized businesses. Ampersand Technologies Ltd is a software consultancy company that builds customized software solutions for individuals and businesses, with a goal of making behaviors more efficient using technology.

 

TEAM

Lady-Omega Hammond - CEO
Andrew Barnes - CTO
Joel Armah - CPO
Godwin Abene - CMO