Makomas Enters MassChallenge Accelerator Program

REVERE, Mass. — Makomas LLC, a natural, organic beverages manufacturer announced that it has been invited to participate in the 2018 MassChallenge Boston Accelerator Program. Selected from more than 1600 promising startups across industries and regions around the world, Makomas LLC will join the most competitive cohort to date.

“I’m extremely excited to have been selected from more than 1600 applicants to join the 2018 MassChallenge Boston Accelerator. We are excited to see what the summer will hold and can’t wait to meet and learn from the MassChallenge community and entrepreneurs alike,” said Makomas’ Founder and President, Magbè Savané.

As part of the 2018 cohort, Makomas LLC will have exclusive access to top corporate partners providing expert mentorship. Makomas LLC will also have the advantage of utilizing a curriculum tailored to our business needs, while working within one of the largest buildings in Boston, the Innovation and Design Building. At the culmination of the four month program, on October 17th, Makomas LLC will have a chance to compete for scholarship awards drawn from $1.5 million in cash prizes.

Makomas drinks, while both tantalizingly exotic and thirst quenching are made with only quality ingredients, natural sweeteners that are low in calories due to no added sugar. What sets Makomas products apart from all others? Magbè Savané answers, “We make sure to select the most delicate hibiscus flowers and moringa leaves to create our line of teas. We scour the African landscape to collect the fruits of the Baobab tree to make our Baobab flavored juices. We dig for the most prized ginger roots to make our ginger flavored juices. Our beverages are of the highest quality, ensuring refreshing pleasure and healthy nutrition in each sip.”

Magbè started Makomas LLC because she wanted to share the traditional drinks that she fondly remembered from her childhood in her native country of, Côte d’Ivoire, West Africa. Using family traditions handed down for generations, her mother made a variety of drinks for her family to enjoy as well as to sell as part of the family business. Today, the flavors of Hibiscus, Baobab, Moringa and Ginger, derived exclusively from sustainably grown fruits, flowers, leaves and roots, come to you as uniquely tasty beverages typical of West Africa but adapted for the American palate. In 2016, Magbè established the Makomas Foundation, a philanthropic initiative that provides meaningful economic opportunity to local women in Burkina Faso, West Africa. By sourcing most of the raw materials from small communities, Makomas Foundation supports the enterprising women who harvest and process much of the fruits used in Makomas beverages.

Makomas’ goals in the 2018 MassChallenge program are:

  • To participate in and contribute to, a growing network of like-minded innovative individuals.
  • To learn from people already established in the industry, distribution and marketing strategies.
  • To be prepared to take Makomas to a new level of expansion.

About MassChallenge:

MassChallenge is a global network of zero equity startup accelerators. Headquartered in the United States with locations in Boston, Israel, Mexico, Rhode Island, Switzerland, Texas, and the UK, MassChallenge is committed to strengthening the global innovation ecosystem by supporting high potential early stage startups across all industries, from anywhere in the world. To date, more than 1,500 MassChallenge alumni have raised more than $3 billion in funding, generated over $2 billion in revenue, and created over 80,000 total jobs. Learn more about MassChallenge at