Women in Tech

MEST Women in Technology


Women are chronically underrepresented in STEM (Science, Technology, Education, Mathematics) fields, and the same is true for tech startups. This is why the Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology (MEST) is doing its part to close the gender gap of women in technology in Ghana and Nigeria.

Supported by Interswitch

We’re supported in this mission by leading African payments provider, Interswitch. This partnership empowers us to provide a world-class software development education to aspiring Nigerian women tech entrepreneurs, and is yet another example of Interswitch’s commitment to strengthening the West African tech ecosystem.

The Story of MEST Women in Technology

Whether we’re funding women-led Incubator company teams, or recruiting for our award-winning software development program at women-centered conferences, we’re always looking for opportunities to advance the cause of African women in technology.

Here’re some stories highlighting MEST women, and our various efforts to close the gender gap.

Life After MEST: One Woman’s Tech Journey

July 9th, 2015

An African Woman in Tech’s journey from MEST graduate to tech startup founder and position as the Community Manager at iSpace.

MEST Talks: Women in Tech

May 11th, 2015

To commemorate Women’s History month and Women’s International Day in March, the Meltwater Incubator held its March MEST Talks on Women in Tech. The featured speakers were Regina Agyare, Linda Ansong, and Ethel Cofie who are each leaders in Accra’s tech industry, pushing the boundaries for women and girls and expanding their opportunities.

International Women’s Day 2015 with Google: Becoming a Digital Business Manager

April 22nd, 2015

MEST Business Fellow, Tolu Agunbiade shares her experience attending the Google organised 2-day women-only training workshop on Digital Business Management in Accra, Ghana.

MEST Women: Representing on the Global Stage

March 19th, 2015

Priscilla Hazel is a 1st year Entrepreneur-in-Training (EIT) at MEST. She holds a degree in Political Science and French from the University of Ghana, and in just over six months at MEST, Priscilla has won several local software competitions and had the opportunity to share her personal story on the global stage.

One Semester at MEST: Time Flies When You’re Super Busy and Having Fun!

February 3rd, 2015

When you put smart and highly ambitious Ghanaian and Nigerian youths in an environment with resources to make them achieve more and become better, they will thrive and work really hard to maximize the opportunity.

From MEST to Oxford: Thea’s Journey in Tech

January 30th, 2015

Thea Sokolowski, Oxford MBA candidate and former MEST Business fellow talks women and technology.

Coders Hive: A Tech Camp for African Girls

January 13th, 2015

Fifty girls from across Accra converged at the 5-day STEMbees residential Coders Hive Camp to immerse themselves in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.

How MEST Recruits Ghanaian and Nigerian Women Tech Entrepreneurs

November 26th, 2014

Find out how the Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology recruits qualified women applicants to apply to our award-winning software training program.

1 Month at MEST

September 15th, 2014 Ever wondered what it’s like to be an Entrepreneur-in-Training at MEST? Nigerian first year student Esther Olatunde can tell you!

MEST Graduates Launch STEMBees to Support STEM Education for Young African Women

September 14th, 2014

MEST 2014 alumnae Angela Koranteng and Linda Ansong have founded STEMbees, a non-profit organisation that aims to correct the tremendous gender gap prevalent in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields.