Idea Garden

Thanks to all who participated in the challenge

Please see below for what happens next...

Some Key Dates

Submissions are now CLOSED

Submissions will be sent to the judges

Some Participants will be asked to present remotely through Zoom

These will run thru 31st July

Qualified entries may be notified of Operational Funding as early as August 2020!

A Note

  • This challenge was visualized and launched prior to the recent COVID-19 challenges we are all facing. However, if an idea is deemed as beneficial to alleviating some of the struggles that the virus directly or indirectly is causing, it can move to Rapid Implementation and receive Operational Funding to be utilized quickly.

  • There are no specific requirements for the ideas, all ideas are accepted and judged.


  1. Up to 10,000 USD Operational Support for the selected ideas

  2. Teams will be formed and mentored in the Virtual BlueCrest/iSpace Lab

  3. Office space on BlueCrest campus with bandwidth for teams to work (as conditions allow).

Adjudication for
the Challenge

Panel of Judges:

  • Todd Holcombe
  • Eric Osiakwan
  • Ashwin Ravichandran
  • Fredrik Andersson
  • Dziffa Ametam
  • Josiah Kwesi Eyison

All ideas will be judged on:

  • Problem Relevance
  • Originality of Solution
  • Social Impact
  • Technical Viability
  • Potential for Monetization
  • Market Size / Market Placement

Panel of Judges

Todd G Holcombe


CPED - Blue Crest College

Todd Holcombe made the shift to Africa and Education in June of 2014 from technologist in Silicon Valley.

As Senior Faculty at MEST and now head of CPED at BlueCrest, Todd has mentored and helped 100s of potential tech entrepreneurs and start-ups realize their vision.

Eric Osiakwan

Managing Partner

Chanzo Capital

Eric Osiakwan, Managing Partner of Chanzo Capital is an Entrepreneur and Investor with 15 years of ICT industry leadership across Africa and the world.

He has worked in 32 African countries setting up ISPs, ISPAs, IXPs and high-tech startups.

Dziffa Ametam

TV Host / Founder

Citi TV / Dziffa.com

Dziffa Akua Ametam is the co-host of Breakfast Daily on Citi TV delivering culturally enriched conversations, social discussions, and entertainment to the Ghanaian public every weekday morning. Prior to that, Dziffa was founder of Dziffa.com, an online marketplace and a communications fellow at MEST Africa..

Fredrik Andersson

Portfolio Manager


Fredrik started his career in emerging market investments at technology venture capital firm Knife Capital in South Africa. Before joining Seedstars, Fredrik spent time at MEST incubator working closely with early stage software entrepreneurs from across the continent thus gaining a deep understanding of the technology landscape in Africa.

Ashwin Ravichandran

Managing Director

MEST Africa

Ashwin joined MEST in 2015 as a Technology Teaching Fellow and has since served as the Incubator Manager for MEST Accra, and currently is Director of Portfolio Support and Country Director of Ghana. Ashwin brings extensive technical knowledge to his executive management experience at MEST.

Josiah Kwesi Eyison

CEO & Co-Founder

iSpace Foundation

Josiah Kwesi Eyison is the CEO & Co-Founder of iSpace Foundation, an innovation hub based in Accra supporting Tech and Creative Startups and Entrepreneurs through technology and business/entrepreneurial training, mentoring and a co-working space. With over 40 successful business and personal mentorships each year.

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