Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology (MEST) had a prominent rock artist and co-founder of ONE Campaign (RED) Bono, at their incubation center to see what techprenuers in Ghana are up to.
The critically acclaimed rock star, talked to about 70 people at the hub about technology that can change the social and economic outlook for Africa. Those who were present include: Ghanaian business leaders and entrepreneurs such as Bright Simons of mPedigree, Edward Amartey-Tagoe of Nandimobile and Eyram Tawia of Leti Games.
Bono said: “Technology can play a huge part in eradicating extreme poverty. As well as building thriving businesses, it can be used to battle corruption by helping citizens hold corporations and governments to account. Transparency is the best vaccine against corruption, and harnessing the talent of these tech-savvy innovators could dramatically change the game against those trying to game the system.”
The One Campaign has been advocating for transparency and development with African partners. This is in a bid to increase investments for development in the continent.
Jorn Lyseggen, Founder and CEO of Meltwater and MEST, added that “MEST was started on the fundamental belief that technology entrepreneurship is one Africa’s most exciting untapped opportunities. We are proud that Bono and one.org chose MEST as the venue to discuss how tech can help address Africa’s challenges”.
MEST is funded by Meltwater Group and has trained and incubated over 100 entrepreneurs with some getting international recognition.