MEST in the News
In the past quarter, MEST made news around the world on some very exciting topics and events globally.
This maiden post and subsequent ones will highlight some press mentions over mostly on the web, starting with the most recent mention. Enjoy!
#1. Aid or Trade? – Development meets business in Africa
Africa Interactive Blog, December 7th, 2011 (Netherlands).
"Our newly produced series ‘Aid or Trade?’ shows that aid is no longer about transferring money or shipping goods. It’s rather about setting up sustainable companies, while taking local constraints and the environment into account... The third item is about Ghana’s growing tech-scene, partly thanks to the Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology (MEST) in Accra. We spoke to one of the start-ups, Nandi Mobile, who’s founders are trained by MEST...".
Read full story here.
#2. Innovation Awards Entrepreneurs in Africa: Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology
Michael Gallagher - The Stevie Awards Blog, December 1st, 2011 (USA)
"Meltwater Group in San Francisco, California, USA, received the Stevie Award forCorporate Social Responsibility Program of the Year in The 2011 American Business Awardsfor the company’s work encouraging and fostering Ghanaian entrepreneurial talent.... Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology (MEST) is the brainchild of Jorn Lyseggen, the founder and CEO of the Meltwater Group. MEST was founded in 2007 in Accra, Ghana, by Meltwater Group’s nonprofit arm, the Meltwater Foundation..." Read full story here.
#3. Dropifi Takes Top Prize At The First Accra Startup Weekend held at MEST
By: Thomas Oppong - All Top Startups, November 20th, 2011 (Ghana).
"...Startup Weekend Accra brought together a diverse group of developers, business managers, startup enthusiasts,entrepreneurs in training, graphic artists and others gather to create and develop innovative new products, projects and companies. The event took place at the Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology(MEST), East Legon, Accra..." Read full story here.
#4. Andrew Mugoya: 'African app developers have to forge a niche in the global marketplace'
By: Andrew Mugoya - VC4Africa, November 2nd, 2011 (Kenya).
"...Out of these, we are noticing that, apart from South Africa, Ghana is producing some very innovative, well-built and more importantly, well designed apps. Worth noting are those by Nkyea Learning Systems and those from alumni of the Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology like Tutamee, Gripeline and RetailTower. Obviously we have great apps from all across Africa but Ghana stands out for me in having the highest concentration of apps we’ve featured...” Read full story here.
#5. Post Arab Spring, African start-ups should be next in line for attention
By: Monty Munford - TechCrunch Europe, October 24th, 2011 (UK).
“... People in Africa want to make money as much as anybody else. They want to share ideas because African ideas are as relevant as any other. This market hasn’t even been scraped. Western financiers should come over here and see for themselves what’s going on,” he said.... That’s not to say that Ghana is doing it alone. The Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology, The Indigo Trust, Ghana Angel Investment Network and Fidelity Capital Partners all support emerging companies and there is even a Mobile Monday in Accra...".
Read full story here.
#6. Innovation funding in Africa: Are VCs & Impact investors taking enough risks?
By: Mbwana Alliy - Afrinnovator, October 22nd, 2011.
"...I recently visited Meltwater.org who have set up a training school and incubator “Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology” (MEST) in Accra, Ghana that fuses technical software development with sort of entrepreneurial MBA. Graduates are expected to work on a startup idea upon graduation that feeds into the incubator. Funding from $20-200k is provided for promising ideas. What I like about MEST is that its backed by a successful tech company with resources and talent globally they can leverage to provide the best assistance to fulfill their mission. If a graduate decides to take a full time corporate job, they can still come back later and join the incubator and secure funding once they have an idea they’d like to pursue. This is an example of a potential future educational system to encourage and combine the elements I mention here to enable more innovative talented entrepreneurs...". Read full story here.
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