Established in 2008 in Accra, Ghana, Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology (MEST) provides training, investment and incubation to aspiring high tech entrepreneurs in Africa and with bridges to Silicon Valley.
Since its inception, MEST has invested $20 million in supporting Ghanaian and Nigeria entrepreneurs. 200 individual entrepreneurs have graduated from the training program and over 20 tech startups have been launched via the MEST incubator. MEST companies have raised external capital from Silicon Valley and European institutional investors, competed in notable technology events such as TechCrunch Disrupt, DEMO, and the Launch Festival, and have gained admittance to top accelerator programs including HealthXL and 500 Startups.
MEST continues to grow and impact entrepreneurs across the entire African continent, and just announced expansion into Kenya, which will mark the third country in Africa where MEST has a foothold in the tech ecosystem. MEST has been recognized as one of Fast Company’s 10 Most Innovative Companies in Africa in 2015 and is regarded as “one of the largest private investments in Ghanaian economic development” by DFID.