MEST-Engineers Without Borders Partnership
We are excited to announce our partnership with Engineers Without Borders (EWB). Engineers Without Borders creates change by supporting social innovations in Africa and Canada that are geared towards social. In the past years, we have seen EWB stand by their objectives by promoting policies to foster more equitable development in the areas where they operate. This goal is in line with MEST's overall vision of creating jobs and wealth on the African continent by training software entrepreneurs to build global tech companies.
Our relationship with Engineers Without Borders will see a Tech Fellows recruited by EWB to help teach the next generation of African rockstars who have been recruited from Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya and South Africa. MEST teaching fellows and faculty, are the backbone of the MEST training program. They provide hands-on training to the trainees in areas of computer engineering, business, communications and personal development. The MEST-EWB partnership will bolster MEST's efforts to provide world class training comparable to the ones provided by top training institutions and incubators around the globe.
The Canadian organisation just started recruitment for its next Fellow Cohort, and beyond sending roughly 10-15 fellows to our core investees, EWB is also looking to partner with a few other ecosystem players like MEST and Unreasonable. The MEST Tech Fellows will stay for between 12-24 months and all core expenses are sponsored by EWB, including a 3-week pre-departure training. If this opportunity interests you, read more about how you can be a part of this program.
This announcement is in line with MEST's aim to improve its program and expand its offering. By the close of this year, we will launch incubators in Nigeria and Kenya to add to the one we have in Accra. This means the next batch of entrepreneurs we've recruited, will have the option to operate from any of these three countries depending on which region will be most beneficial to their business mode.
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Due to COVID-19, MEST postpones training program to next year and doubles down on growing portfolio companies
At MEST, we continue to be deeply concerned about COVID-19 and have been closely monitoring developments locally and globally. Our number one priority remains the health and safety of our community and we will continue to follow local authority and health official guidelines.
Due to the ongoing nature of the pandemic and the uncertainty that the future of travel holds, we have been unable to conduct in-person interviews and host recruitment around Africa for our next cohort. For this reason, we have taken the decision to postpone the Training Program to next year.
While these circumstances are indeed unfortunate, we see this as an exciting opportunity at MEST to double down on providing support and mentorship to our existing portfolio companies and the African ecosystem.
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