Africa's new software entrepreneurs!

MEST, Tuesday June 28th 2011

This month, the third batch of Entrepreneurs-In-Training (EITs) graduated from the Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology (MEST) after 2 years of intensive training in software development and entrepreneurship.

Over a 2 year period, the trainees received training in areas covering commercial software development, international business and entrepreneurship, software development life cycle (SDLC), web technologies, writing business plans, idea generation & validation, revenue models etc and to mention but a few. Instructors from MEST included faculty & teaching fellows, MBA consultants from Oxford University and Guest Lecturers from around the world with expertise spanning across  startups, venture capital investments, management, sales & marketing etc.

The graduating class consisted of 14 graduates from Ghana’s universities with diverse  backgrounds in engineering, computer science, business, marketing, finance, social science etc.

Guests in attendance included friends and families of graduates, members of the press, friends and well wishers of MEST and our special guest of honor, Brian Flynn of Esplanade Partners.

Opening and welcome remarks of the event were given by Fredrik Reff-Sydnes and Ekua Odoom, Managing Director, Meltwater Foundation and Head of MEST Administration respectively. Other speakers included Peter van Dijk (Senior Faculty of graduating class), Kyle Doherty (Business Teaching Fellow) and Papa Kwame Anane (member of graduating class).

The event was climaxed with the graduation speech and handing of certificates from the Meltwater Group CEO, Jorn Lyseggen. In his speech, Lyseggen urged the graduates not to forget what they had learned during their training at MEST and emphasised; “the message we want to send to all Africans and the world around us is that talent is talent everywhere and software can be created anywhere, and of course also in Africa!”

For Jorn Lyseggen's full speech, please see it published here.

You can also read the coverage by a local media house here.