MEST is supported by a team of fantastic partners from many varied domains.
Nigerian digital payments powerhouse Interswitch and MEST have partnered to extend the MEST training programme into Nigeria to benefit Nigeria’s IT entrepreneurs and its rapidly growing domestic ICT industry. Learn more about our partnership with Interswitch.
Samsung supports MEST in West Africa through mentorship during the company ideation and pitching processes and also provides in-kind as well as subsidized devices and tablets. On the incubator side, Samsung provides technical support, sales, distribution and marketing muscle for MEST-incubated startups as well as potential investment dollars and partnership opportunities with various departments at Samsung as well as within their enterprise partner network. Learn more about our partnership with Samsung.
MEST works with Vodafone’s Innovation Team, providing early access to innovation, and in turn MEST companies have the opportunity to build on top of existing Vodafone platforms, with entry routes to markets around the world. Learn more about our partnership with Vodafone.
In line with the MEST vision of providing training, investment and mentorship for African technology entrepreneurs, Kosmos Energy in partnership with MEST, launched a new flagship corporate social investment programme, the Kosmos Innovation Center (KIC), in Accra to focus on supporting and inspiring entrepreneurs and innovators in the agritech sector. Read more about this partnership here.
MEST companies receive $2,000/month for 12 months in Rackspace hosting credits.
MEST companies receive $3,000 in AWS hosting credit. MEST companies also receive free access to Amazon’s web-based and instructor-led training (normally ~$600/course) and a year of premium AWS Business Support.
MEST portfolio companies enjoy prioritized access to Stripe Atlas, which allows MEST teams to seamlessly establish an incorporated U.S. business entity, and accept online payments from customers anywhere in the world. Learn more about Stripe Atlas here: stripe.com/atlas
Free Basics by Facebook is an app and mobile website that provides access to free basic internet services in markets where internet access may be less affordable. It allows people to browse selected health, education, employment, finance, and news websites — and much more — without data charges. Free Basics by Facebook is part of Internet.org. Internet.org’s objectives are at the core of Facebook’s mission: By giving more people access to the internet, the world becomes more open and connected.
iSA is a Ghana and U.S. based nonprofit organization, with a focus on youth empowerment and development. iSA has engaged in a multi-year partnership with MEST to provide IT infrastructure, and also create impactful and innovative opportunities to engage with Ghana’s vibrant youth and entrepreneurial communities.
One year free of Zendesk (credit worth more than $1000) for MEST-incubated companies to better interact with their customers and build a customer-centric culture.
Provides pro-bono legal counsel for MEST as we grow and expand.
Provides Ghanaian legal counsel to MEST as well as our MEST companies.
MEST receives in-kind accounts for all our team members to seamlessly communicate with each other.
MEST companies enjoy three years of free software, invitations to local Microsoft-sponsored events, professional technical support from Microsoft engineers, access to Microsoft’s Early Adopter Program, and the opportunity to be profiled and promoted on BizSparks, Microsoft’s global virtual networking hub.
We’re fortunate to have joined forces with some of the best in the business.
MEST and these organizations work together to further fuel the African tech ecosystem.
Interested in exploring opportunities to work together? Contact Katie Sarro (Managing Director, MEST) and Celine Duros (Head of Operations and Partnerships)