MEST Partners with Stripe to Help African Startups Accept Online Payments from Anywhere in the World

admin | Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016

MEST is excited to announce that we’ve been selected as a launch partner for Stripe Atlas, a product designed by Stripe to provide entrepreneurs everywhere with the basic building blocks for starting a global internet business.

MEST, along with 60+ accelerators, incubators and partners, will facilitate the process by introducing the product within its existing portfolio of companies.

Atlas will allow entrepreneurs and developers to:

  • Establish an incorporated U.S. business entity
  • Open a U.S. bank account and create a tax ID number
  • Create a live Stripe account to receive payments from anywhere in the world
  • Receive the basic services they need to get started; including tax advice from PwC, legal advice from Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, and tools and resources from Amazon Web Services, as well as $15,000 in AWS credits.

While Atlas will initially only cover incorporation in the U.S., expansion to other countries (over time) is under consideration. Additional information can be found at

  • Hello

    I am an Internet entrepreneur. You guys are great I must commend. When I started my internet business in early 2015 I was quite disappointed to know that we had slim chances of processing payment in Ghana, Paypal would not accept Ghana and that is very disheartening based on their reasons, it makes us feel like we have been cut out of the world in terms of internet business and receiving money from outside clients. As the matter of fact, I have been receiving payment using the traditional and old fashion long process method.

    Nevertheless, I was very excited when someone told me about stripe. When I went up there to registered, then I realised that Ghana was not in the list and not even any other African countries, that was too bad. Recently, I decide to look up on this particular subject on Google search and lo and behold here I am..

    I must say that I am very happy to know that you guys have partnered with stripe to bring it down here in Ghana. Thank you guy so much. I think there is nothing impossible if we set our minds to it. May I please add that you guys should also try to bring PayPal too down here so we don’t feel left out.

    DOK Simon