MEST Announces Partnership with Paris&Co To Boost Collaboration Across Europe and Africa

by on Tuesday, April 25th, 2017, filed under IncubatorSchool

We are so proud to announce a new partnership between Paris&Co and Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology (MEST).

 

On Friday, April 21, Paris&Co and Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology (MEST), signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in the presence of HE François Pujolas, the Ambassador of France to Ghana.

 

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Paris&Co is the economic development and innovation agency of Paris, which prospects and provides support for foreign direct investments and promotes the international attractiveness of Paris abroad.

The purpose of this partnership between MEST and Paris&Co is to establish a mutually beneficial relationship which fosters the growth of each of the parties’ ecosystems by facilitating the circulation of startups between the two continents and also the circulation of information between the two parties.

It also shows the increased interest aroused by the Ghanaian entrepreneurial ecosystem on a global scale with its qualities of openness, stability and innovation. The ecosystem is still in development, and more young, innovative and pragmatic entrepreneurs are a result of this movement.

Accra is becoming a major centre for tech hubs and stakeholders, hosting numerous startups and incubators; and the MEST incubator and training programme is a flagship of the tech scene.

The signing of this agreement comes at a time when we have recently announced our expansion into and recruitment of entrepreneurs from Cote D’ivoire – our first French-speaking country.

“This agreement, which is the first in our bilateral relations, shows the increasing role of France in global digitisation. In the case of Ghana, young entrepreneurs have been and will be invited to France in order to support innovation,” said the French Ambassador on the occasion of the signing of the MoU between MEST Africa and Paris&Co.

“For MEST and all of Africa, this is a wonderful opportunity to bridge the gap between continents, giving African entrepreneurs more opportunities to grow globally – deal with language barriers and overcome cultural differences,” said Celine Duros, Head of Partnerships at MEST.

As part of the France & Ghana 1957-2017: moving forward together initiative, from 1st to 9th June, MEST, the French embassy and its network of partner institutions are organizing several digital events in Ghana dubbed The French Digital June.

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More details on these initiatives to be shared soon.

Want to partner with MEST or one of our incubator companies? Please contact Celine Duros, Head of Partnerships at MEST. Want to join the MEST community of entrepreneurs and start training as a world-class tech entrepreneur this August? Please visit this page for the applications steps or email recruitment@meltwater.org.

Some pictures from the signing: