Partners

We're proud to partner with leading global and local organizations who share our mission of creating work and wealth on the continent by supporting Africa's future leaders in tech.

Case Study: custom accelerator program for African fintech startups

In September 2018, MEST partnered with French multinational bank Société Générale (SocGen) and SystemicLogic to launch a month-long accelerator program designed to take promising startups in the informal sector to the next level and offer potential partnerships with the bank.


The 500 Startups accelerator program in San Francisco has accepted 2 MEST startups, bringing the team to Silicon Valley for additional support, resources and exposure, while providing follow-on funding. MEST company Dropifi was the first African startup accepted into the program.

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Ashesi University is recognized as a model of success in African higher education, with an educational experience that fosters ethical leadership, entrepreneurial thinking and the ability to solve complex problems.

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MEST companies receive $2,000 in AWS hosting credit when entering the incubator. MEST companies also receive free access to Amazon’s web-based and instructor-led training (normally ~$600/course) and a year of premium AWS Business Support.


BlueCrest College is accredited by National Accreditation Board of Ghana as a Private Tertiary Institution. It is one of the front-runners in Information and Communication Technology Education and Training with the core objective of addressing the ICT needs of Ghana and beyond.

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Developers in Vogue trains African women in the latest technologies and connects them to real-time projects and jobs to enable them to apply their skills and earn an income.


DLA Piper provides pro-bono legal counsel for MEST as well as our portfolio companies

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EWB places skilled technical fellows with the MEST incubator for a fully sponsored 12-month fellowship.


The Fondation Jeunesse Numérique (Digital Youth Foundation) was created by the Ivorian Ministry in charge of the digital economy. Its key missions are to select and support innovative projects that positively impact people’s quality of life.

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Frontier Digital Ventures has invested in MEST-incubated meQasa.


Nigerian digital payments powerhouse Interswitch has sponsored Nigerian entrepreneurs-in-training over the years as well as offered support to our incubator companies entering the Nigerian market.

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Kosmos Energy and MEST launched a flagship corporate social investment programme, the Kosmos Innovation Center (KIC), located in the MEST incubator in Accra. KIC is focused on supporting and inspiring entrepreneurs and innovators in the agritech sector.


For over 50 years Lancaster University has been providing World Class education to students across the world. Lancaster is ranked amongst the top ten universities in the UK, according to the Guardian university league table, and internationally amongst the top universities in the world. Lancaster University Ghana is the only fully fledged branch campus in West Africa and is set to grow into a major regional teaching and research university of international standing in the near future.

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Lapid Leaders Africa’s mission is to develop exceptional leaders that will make a difference in Africa. Its flagship program is a leadership development program that prepares college students to be work ready leaders. It utilizes a very unique curriculum that blends modular readings, personalised coaching and experiential learning anchored on Christian principles, to develop its participants into exceptional leaders.

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Microsoft has provided in-kind resources and support for entrepreneurs at the MEST incubator


Moringa School offers 15-week coding bootcamp classes, followed by career placement

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Nailab is a business accelerator based in Nairobi that focuses on sharing Knowledge and Opportunities for startups across the continent.

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PyLadies Ghana is an initiative under the Python Software Community in Ghana (PyGhana) geared towards mentorship and is focused on helping more women become active participants and leaders in the Python open-source community.

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Samsung West Africa contributes to marketing, sales and and distribution for startups at the MEST incubator, helping our startups scale more quickly across the continent.

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SAP has provided financial support for MEST’s operations as well as on-the-ground consulting services.


Startup Chile has invested in and accepted multiple MEST portfolio companies into their Santiago-based accelerator

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Soronko Academy is the first coding and human centred design academy in West Africa. The Academy is part of a not-for-profit organization, Soronko Foundation. The academy was started in 2017 to scale and sustain the impact of a project called Tech Needs Girls.

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MEST portfolio companies enjoy prioritized access to Stripe Atlas, which allows MEST teams to seamlessly establish an incorporated U.S. business entity, and accept online payments from customers anywhere in the world.

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Tech4her Africa is a social enterprise working to expand economic opportunities by enabling women and girls with STEM skills, tools and opportunities. Its goal is to increase the number of women in the digital space by empowering females of ages 12 to 35 to become innovators in STEM fields, leaders in their communities, and builders of their own futures through exposure to computer science and technology.

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The Cape Town Barclays accelerator accepted MEST startup Asoriba in 2016, providing investment and helping the brand to gain footing in South Africa after launching in Ghana.

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The Resolution Project is a youth leadership development nonprofit organization that identifies, equips, and empowers socially responsible young entrepreneurs with the support, skills, and funding they need to make a positive impact today!

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 Vodafone’s Innovation Team is a strategic technology partner for MEST, offering in-kind fibre internet access to keep our entrepreneurs online.

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WeThinkCode_ is a tuition-free, 2-year, coding course which also provides students with internship opportunities and a clear path to employment. Democratising education by making it open and accessible to all talented young people (17-35 years).

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Named after Yaa Asantewaa, Ghanaian feminist heroine and warrior, Yielding Accomplished African Women
(Yaa W.) is an organization with an objective to transform the professional lives of young women across Ghana through targeted initiatives in finance or technology through an intensive 6-week in-person program and a 9-month online certification program.

In collaboration with Bank of America, Hypenet Marketing Solutions and the University of Ghana, the team helps college women develop a gender-specific professional toolkit through finance and technology skill training, mentorship and leadership development.


MEST Nigeria is the partner for Honeywell's Itanna accelerator program in Lagos.


MEST entrepreneurs receive access to Google developer tools to help build their products.

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Interested in partnering with MEST?

Reach out to our Director of Business Development.


Philippe Greinacher

Director of Business Development

philippe@meltwater.org