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Amplify Wins with mTransfers at #RAM747

Sylvana Lewin | Wednesday, May 2nd, 2018

Amplify is revolutionizing the way customers make online payments through a new flagship product, mTransfers. mTransfers  enables users to transfer funds and perform other banking services directly via Whatsapp, Facebook Messenger, Instagram, Blackberry Messenger, Twitter, and other social media...

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DFS Lab, the FinTech accelerator funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, recently announced that they will be investing USD$200,000 in four FinTech startups in Africa who are building financial service products for low-income and unbanked customers. This...

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Today there are 65.6 million displaced persons in the world – the highest amount ever seen. Of the 22.5 million refugees worldwide, half are under the age of 18. According to UNHCR, 1.4m of those refugees come from South...

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The Value of Community in Creating Change

Guest Contributor | Thursday, April 12th, 2018

This post was written by Jakub Byc, a MEST Incubator Accra Fellow, with Engineers Without Borders Canada.   There’s a saying at MEST: “Once a MEST-er, always a MEST-er.” That phrase was one of the first axioms I heard...

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This post was written by Celine Duros, our Director of Operations, who has been with MEST since 2014.   Crossing the symbolic bridge that separates the MEST Incubator Accra and the Training Program HQ, each morning, I can often...

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Eric Osiakwan’s African Economic KINGS

Sylvana Lewin | Tuesday, April 3rd, 2018

Over the past decade, Africa has seen an immense technological boom, from the formation of Silicon Savannah to the emergence of Africa’s first unicorn, Jumia. More and more Africa is becoming an important player when it comes to innovation....

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How to Build a Successful Pitch

Guest Contributor | Wednesday, March 21st, 2018

This post was written by Heather Mavunga, a Zimbabwean entrepreneur in training in the MEST class of 2018.   A capstone at MEST is a four or six week project during which  entrepreneurs in training (EITs) produce a business...

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Black Panther: Changing the African Narrative

Sylvana Lewin | Wednesday, February 28th, 2018

This article was contributed by Eyram Tawia, CEO of Leti Arts. Having entered MEST in 2008, Eyram was one of the first MEST teaching fellows, and is the co-founder of the first funded MEST portfolio company. He has worked...

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Open Data: Why it Matters

Sylvana Lewin | Wednesday, February 28th, 2018

On Saturday, March 3rd, techies all around the world will gather to celebrate Open Data Day. This year’s Open Data Day focuses on four key areas: open research data, tracking public money flows, open mapping, and data for equal...

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MyTherapy: Improving Medication Adherence with Health Tech

Sylvana Lewin | Thursday, February 22nd, 2018

In 2016, there were 36.7 million people living with HIV/AIDS worldwide. According to the World Health Organization, Sub-Saharan Africa remains the most severely affected region, with nearly 1 in every 25 adults (4.2%) living with HIV, and accounts for...

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