ACCRA, Ghana, 22 June 2022 – MEST, Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology, has announced the appointment of Melissa Nsiah as its new Director of Portfolio.

Previously Program Manager for Stanford Seed West and South Africa, Melissa will be working closely with MEST Africa’s Founder, Jorn Lyseggen, to provide leadership and direction to the MEST portfolio companies, with a key focus on helping the companies with strategies around growth and scale. 

With an extensive background in operations, project management, user experience, and program design, Melissa brings real-world experience in leading businesses, building innovative and effective teams, developing systems, and business coaching. 

Commenting on the appointment, Founder Jorn Lyseggen stated, “Melissa is a unique combination of entrepreneur, executive, and business coach with an in-depth experience from doing business on the African continent as well as the US market. She is mission-driven and cares deeply about the growing tech ecosystem on the African continent. We are honoured to welcome Melissa to the MEST team.” 

Melissa is also a champion of sustainability and STEAM and spends the majority of her time outside of work fundraising for youth STEAM education and advocating for anti-pollution and green initiatives. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from Stanford University in Management Science and Engineering with a special focus on the intersection between technology and society.

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MEST Training Program Updates - Deadline Extension & New Dates

The deadline for applying for our 12-month Training Program in technology and entrepreneurship has now been extended by various dates to give applicants from different parts of the continent an opportunity to participate in the 2023 program.

The deadline extension differs from country to country;

  • Applications from Ghana, Nigeria, and the rest of the continent have been extended to 25th April 2022
  • Applications from Senegal have been extended to 4th May 2022
  • Applications from Kenya have been extended to 9th May 2022
  • Applications from South Africa have been extended to 1st June 2022

Applications for the Class of 2023 were opened in February this year to every young aspiring tech entrepreneur on the continent and were initially set to run till the 20th of April 2022.

“We are excited about the overwhelming interest shown by potential applicants across the continent throughout this recruitment phase. We hope the deadline extension will allow all interested applicants, especially those from new markets such as Senegal, adequate time to prepare and apply to be part of the next cohort of aspiring technology entrepreneurs starting in August this year,” said Emily Fiagbedzi, Director of Training Program at MEST Africa.

The Application Process:

  • Complete Pre-learning courses
  • Take an aptitude test
  • Fill and submit the MEST Training Program application form
  • Interviews
  • Offer

Successful applicants of the one-year fully-sponsored program will gain access to world-class education in software development, business and communication skills from MEST’s campus in Accra, Ghana. At the end of the year-long program, all the Entrepreneurs-in-training form teams, and startups and pitch their business idea for up to $100,000 in seed funding, business incubation, and a lifetime of support from MEST Africa’s global community of experts and founders.

Over 800 tech entrepreneurs and experts have been trained through this program since 2008 and we have invested in over 80 tech startups. We have also produced some of the finest startups transforming sectors and scaling across the continent such as meQasa, Complete Farmer, Kudobuzz and CodeLn among others.

Apply here.