First Ivorian Entrepreneurs-in-Training Arrive at MEST

MESTadmin | Friday, July 28th, 2017

The team at MEST is thrilled to announce our first cohort of Ivorian Entrepreneurs-in-Training (EITs)! Thanks to our partners at SAP, whose donation enabled us to expand into Ivory Coast.

Our first Francophone entrepreneurs arrived in Ghana on July 17th and immediately got to work sharpening up their English skills, thanks to our friends at Lancaster University.

We sat down with them to hear about the impressive experience they’re bringing with them, and what they hope to achieve during their year with us at the MEST HQ in Accra.

Get to know them!

Charlette Desiree N’Guessen

Charlette is our first female Ivorian Entrepreneur-in-Training, an experienced blogger for #AdventinTIC, She has also worked as a reporter for Michelin (OMA) and as a trainee in the IT department of Air Cote D’Ivoire.

Charlette is currently the President of Frogans Community and a Co-Manager of WomenTechmakers Google Developers Group in Abidjan, and an alumna of YALI Dakar.

Here’s what she has to say about resuming at MEST:

Coming to MEST is an entirely different experience for me, even though this is my second time being in Ghana. I’m looking forward to developing my aptitude in business and software development. MEST to me also presents an opportunity to improve my English and enlarge my network.

Her favorite quote from Nelson Mandela aids to her zeal: “We can change the world and make it a better place” … and that’s exactly what I have come to MEST to do.

 

Yannick-Noel Aka

Yannik-Noel brings to MEST experience as a Web and Android developer with a Masters degree in Computer Science.

A Mozilla Tech speaker and a Mozilla representative for Cote D’Ivoire, he is one of 3 Regional Ambassadors for Africa and Middle East in Mozilla’s FSA program to help students to learn about web.

Yannick-Noel is also a Google Developer and Group lead. He started the Google Developer Community in Yamoussoukro, Cote D’Ivoire.

He does have a life outside of technology however, when not in front of his laptop, Yannick-Noel spends his time traveling. This year alone, he has taken 21 trips within Cote D’ivoire alone.

Here’s what he has to say about choosing to apply to MEST:

I chose to come to MEST because for me, it’s the best way to learn about tech and entrepreneurship at the same time. MEST can help me access the resources I need to start and build a tech business.

 

Mohamed Bakayoko

Mohamed holds a technical degree in Computer Science and a Bachelor’s Degree in Software Engineering and Networking. He worked for 3 years as a web developer and led development and integrated mobile payments for an e-commerce startup in Cote D’ivoire: www.zandoo.ci.

In his spare time, he volunteers as  a tutor for students in computing.

Here’s what he has to say about his hopes as he resumes as a MEST EIT:

I always wanted to be an entrepreneur, and for me everybody can start a company. But to be a successful entrepreneur, it requires hard work, knowledge and preparation; and MEST is the best place to learn to be a successful entrepreneur in tech. Also, meeting people from different countries and backgrounds opens your mind. It helps you to understand and learn from other cultures.

 

Alex Calvin Gbetie

Alex started out his academic career as a student of Criminology. However his deep interest in the internet inspired him to change his course of study to focus instead on Computer Science.

He now has a BA +2 in Computer Science, and has worked as a developer, designer and community manager for digital agency Epistrophe and Agriculture startup ICT4Dev.

Here’s what he has to say about why he joined MEST:

I want to increase my knowledge and skills in development and entrepreneurship. Also, I have come to meet other people who can be my partners for business; and to become a good African tech entrepreneur.

Dexter Outtara

Dexter graduated with a degree in Computer Network and Telecommunications, as well as a license in Software Engineering. He’s spent the last 4 years in Web Development and Digital Communications.

Here’s what he has to say about why he chose to apply to MEST:

I came to MEST to improve my capacities and bring to life the projects I’ve been dreaming of. Also the diversity of the profiles coming from the whole world will allow me to have a global vision of business.

 

Like the Ghanaians say to welcome new guests, Akwaaba to MEST, lucky 5! We hope your dreams come to fruition as the year of training commences.

Want to be one of our EITs starting August 2018? Read this post for more information and follow our social accounts – @MESTAfrica – to stay up-to-date on recruitment news.