The Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology (MEST) celebrated its 11th year anniversary with the selection of 11 startups, including 3 Nigerian startups, for its 2019 cohort. Each of the 11 lucky startups will be receiving the sum of $100,000 each, bringing the total sum disbursed to a total of $1.1 million.
This cohort of startups is MEST’s largest single round since inception. The Pan-African incubator which runs an entrepreneurial training programme is taking on startups in Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, and South Africa in addition to platforms from across several other countries.
The Nigerian startups in this cohort include CoFundie, CoVibes, and Zuri. CoFundie is a crowd-sourcing platform for building developers using cost efficient and time-saving techniques. CoVibes is a platform that pairs verified studios to producers to allow them collaborate with each other. Zuri provides beauty professionals a platform to reach to customers and allows people find and book beauty services around them.
The other startups include Adi+Bolga, BezoMoney, Massira and Niqao from Ghana; Farmula, Nadia and Saada from Kenya; and Kweza from South Africa.
These startups will be joining more than 30 MEST-portfolio companies being incubated in the MEST locations. As a startup incubator with over a decade of experience, MEST Africa specialises in investing in exceptional startups in Africa, providing them with training programs and mentorship. And since its creation in 2008, MEST Africa has invested about $20m into various programs supporting African entrepreneurs.
This year will be no different as the selected startups will be provided with in-depth training and mentorship, access to a global network and an opportunity to build quality global software companies alongside other successful graduates.
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