Ghana’s Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology (MEST) is now recruiting in Kenya, making it the third African country to start accepting applications, after doing so in Nigeria last year.
Ekua Odoom, MD MEST Training Program announced in a blog post, “2014 was the first year that MEST recruited outside of Ghana, due to our sponsored by Interswitch in Nigeria. We’ve found the diversification of students in Nigeria and Ghana exponentially increase the business ideas that come from this kind of meeting of the minds. We can only imagine the ripple effect of adding even more perspectives from across the continent.”
Neal Hansch, Managing Director, MEST Incubator added that MEST’s future graduating Entrepreneurs-in-Training will have the ability to launch and have support for their companies in their home countries as well easily access new markets as they grow their businesses as MEST plans to have strategic corporate partners in each market, who assist, support and promote our program entry into new cities.
To be accepted into the Kenyan program, applicants need to have a deep passion to start a software companym have 3-5 years entrepreneurial or corporate work experience and can commit a year in Accra, Ghana participating in the MEST training program starting August 2015.
Launched in 2008, MEST has trained over 200 Ghanaian and Nigerian entrepreneurs and invested $15 million in the training program and incubator, which has provided seed funding to over 20 startups.