Banking & Finance

Societe Generale Innov8 Hub hosts MEST Express Investor Mixer


Societe Generale Ghana PLC’s Innov8 Hub hosted the MEST Express Investor Workshop and Mixer as part of its ongoing efforts to foster more intimate relationships with the FinTech and Innovation Ecosystem.

MEST Express is an accelerator that helps early and growth stage startups in Ghana become investment ready.

Launched in late 2020, the program is part of a partnership with the Mastercard Foundation to scale MEST’s impact and empower more young people and entrepreneurs across Ghana.

MEST is a pan-African software and entrepreneurship training program, seed fund, and incubator helping to launch technology startups across the continent.

The event took place at the SG Ghana Innov8 Hub located at the Bank’s Head Office building and consisted of a workshop for startups focused on fundraising, investor relations and valuation.

The session concluded with a mixer to give founders an opportunity to meet and network with investors.

The workshop was led by Ashwin Ravichandran – MEST Africa Portfolio Advisor, on real life experience on investor relations.

The session was followed by an Introduction to Valuation: Practical Tools & Methods by Dina Hammond and Thelma Kodowu – Co-Founders of Invest Pro Advisors Present were startups from the MEST community, including, AFRICA GOODNEST; an e-commerce and logistics platform helping transform the way consumers buy value-added agricultural products from Africa; DIGITAL HEALTH ACCESS: A health education and consultation platform that connects healthcare professionals and providers to users; FLUID FINANCE: Fluid empowers banks to finance low-income farmers at scale.

The breakthrough offline technology enables farmers to access digital financial identities, cashless credits, and educational content to increase crop yield and financial literacy.

SHAQ EXPRESS: Shaq Express seeks to provide a connected digital experience between vendors and customers by providing a seamless platform that allows vendors and shops to sell and gives the convenience to customers to shop from one point to another.

SOMMALIFE: Leveraging software technology to create value for smallholder farmers and the stakeholders who engage them.

We connect smallholder shea producers to international markets, resource them to become agents of environmental conservation and provide easy to use technological tools for manufacturers to track their impact.

TINY REUSERS: facilitates the sale of new and preloved baby and maternity items through an e-commerce platform.

The SG Ghana Innov8 Hub launched in 2021 is a centre that helps to foster and facilitate the development and growth of ideas and innovation in collaboration with players in the Ghanaian Fintech & Innovation ecosystem.

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