WHO WE ARE

What is MEST?

MEST offers aspiring entrepreneurs a fully sponsored, intensive 12 month training program. Entrepreneurs-in-Training (EITs) are sourced from top graduates in Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya, South Africa and Cote d'Ivoire.

Becoming an entrepreneur

Stages of Program

0-12 Months

Training

Top aspiring entrepreneurs from across Africa are chosen to participate in fully-funded one-year entrepreneurship training program in Accra, Ghana.

12-18 MONTHS

Investment

Through the Meltwater Foundation, MEST will offer $50k-$200k in seed funding to selected graduating teams in exchange for a minority stake in the company.

12-18 MONTHS

Incubation

New portfolio companies cross the bridge into our incubator and continue to receive extensive full-time support and access to resources, mentorship and a global network.

OUR STORY

The MEST Story

MEST was developed in Accra, Ghana in 2008, by Jorn Lyseggen, CEO of the Meltwater Group. He believes that talent is everywhere though opportunity is not, and that with the right support and guidance these aspiring entrepreneurs can achieve great things. This belief is the foundation for MEST, which sets out to prove that a new generation of young, successful global software entrepreneurs can originate in Africa.

ABOUT MEST

The Meltwater Foundation

MEST is fully backed by The Meltwater Foundation, the not-for-profit arm of Meltwater. Meltwater is the global leader in media intelligence and Outside Insight analytics.

1400+ EMPLOYEES

MEST EITs and companies have access to Meltwater's extensive network, filled with experts in sales, engineering, marketing and more.

HQ IN SAN FRANCISCO

MEST leverages deep connections with investors, entrepreneurs and more across Silicon Valley.

60 offices around the world

Meltwater is truly global, with a footprint across 6 continents and nearly 30 countries.