Announcing our partnership with Singularity University in the first Global Impact Challenge in West Africa

Kelechi Udoagwu | Monday, February 20th, 2017


We are excited to announce that we, at Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology (MEST) have partnered with Singularity University (SU), a global community using exponential technologies to tackle the world’s biggest challenges, to launch the SingularityU Global Impact Challenge in West Africa.

Singularity University (SU) has hosted many successful Global Impact Challenges since 2010 in many countries and continents all over the world. To date, SU has hosted 94 Challenges in 38 countries awarding 121 winners.

The objective of the Global Impact Challenges is to spur moonshot innovations to solve world’s greatest global challenges– energy, environment, food, shelter, space, water, disaster resilience, governance, health, learning, prosperity and security– by using exponential technology.

The newly announced 2017 SingularityU West Africa Global Impact Challenge will be open to all residents and citizens of West African countries including Nigeria and Ghana (MEST’s key strategic locations).

The winner of the Challenge will be selected on April 24, 2017 and awarded a prize to participate in the Global Solutions Program (GSP) free of charge. Upon returning to their home country, the participant will have the opportunity to develop their innovative project, supported by the alumni network and mentors around West Africa.

Unsuccessful finalists will benefit by having access to a cadre of mentors and coaches who will follow them in the start-up phase of their project. The jury will consist of representatives from Singularity University, MEST, as well as senior representatives of the entrepreneurship, business or innovation community in our global community.

For more information, contact Diane Murphy at the Singularity University: +1 310 658 8756 or visit the Challenge website.

About Singularity University Singularity University is a global learning and innovation community using exponential technologies to tackle the world’s biggest challenges and build an abundant future for all. SU’s collaborative platform empowers individuals and organizations across the globe to learn, connect, and innovate breakthrough solutions using accelerating technologies like artificial intelligence, robotics, and digital biology. A certified benefit corporation, SU was founded in 2008 by renowned innovators Ray Kurzweil and Peter Diamandis and is partnered with leading organizations such as Google, Deloitte, Genentech, and UNICEF.


About Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology (MEST)The Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology (MEST) and the MEST Incubator program provide training, investment and mentoring for aspiring technology entrepreneurs with the goal of creating globally successful companies that create wealth and jobs locally in Africa. Established in Ghana in 2008, MEST offers aspiring African entrepreneurs a fully sponsored intensive twelve-month program. Sourced from top graduates in Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya and South Africa, these Entrepreneurs-In-Training (EITs) receive comprehensive training across the spectrum of skills required to build successful tech businesses, and after completion of the program, have the opportunity to pitch a business concept for seed funding from the MEST Incubator to pursue their idea.