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Koa Academy Wins Prestigious MEST Africa Challenge, Secures $50,000 Investment

Koa Academy, a South African innovator in online education, has emerged victorious in the 2023 MEST Africa Challenge (MAC), clinching a $50,000 equity investment. The coveted competition, organized by MEST Africa (, a leading Pan-African tech entrepreneurship program, identifies and supports the continent’s brightest tech talent.

Koa Academy’s win came after a rigorous contest against top startups from Ghana, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, and Kenya. The South African Edtech company impressed judges with its dynamic, interactive online courses for grades 4-12, which prioritize accessibility and engagement in transforming the educational landscape.

Hundreds of early-stage tech startups applied for the MEST Africa Challenge, undergoing meticulous evaluation based on their innovation, potential for growth, and team strength. Koa Academy’s success showcases its market potential, revenue growth, and commitment to making a positive social impact.

“Winning the MEST Africa Challenge is a tremendous validation for our team,” said Lauren Anderson, Co-founder and CEO of Koa Academy. “We’re grateful for the recognition and the incredible opportunities this challenge has presented to connect and learn from others across the continent. We are passionate about our mission and this award fuels that passion.”

Ashwin Ravichandran, Portfolio Advisor at MEST Africa, commended Koa Academy and all finalists for their impressive achievements. The MEST Africa Challenge, with support from partners like Absa Bank Ghana, remains a crucial launchpad for emerging African tech startups, granting them funding, exposure, and guidance to scale their innovations.

Koa Academy’s victory in the MEST Africa Challenge highlights the burgeoning potential of Africa’s tech ecosystem and promises exciting developments in the continent’s Edtech sector.

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