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The MEST Africa Challenge returns for its second year, offering up to $50k in equity investment for startups based in Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya, South Africa and Cote d’Ivoire. NAIROBI, Kenya, January 14, 2019: Today MEST Africa announces the launch...

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EIT Spotlight: Ahmed Elmi

Sylvana Lewin | Wednesday, December 19th, 2018

This year, we welcomed EITs from 12 different countries to form the MEST Class of 2019. Several member of the new cohort are among the first people from their home countries to come to MEST. We took the opportunity...

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Accra, GHANA – 01 November 2018 – Kosmos Energy announced today the winners of the Kosmos Innovation Center (KIC) 2018 AgriTech Challenge, a business competition where young entrepreneurs use innovation and information communication technology (ICT) to develop commercial solutions...

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MEST Opens Nairobi Incubator

Sylvana Lewin | Tuesday, October 30th, 2018

Less than a year after the launch of MEST Lagos and MEST Cape Town Incubators, MEST officially launched our flagship East African space in Nairobi this September!   A shared space with the Meltwater Nairobi Office in Nairobi Garage,...

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A Brief Take on BBB (Chale Wote 2018)

Guest Contributor | Thursday, September 6th, 2018

This post was written by Emeka Ndukwe, an entrepreneur in training in the MEST class of 2019.   Sunday 26th August marked the end of the Annual Chale Wote art festival in Accra for 2018, but it was also...

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Key Takeaways: The Next Frontier San Francisco

Thea Sokolowski | Monday, May 7th, 2018

MEST Presents: The Next Frontier kicked off in San Francisco May 3rd at Meltwater Headquarters. Hot off the heels of Facebook’s F8 conference, MEST MD Aaron Fu and Director of Marketing Thea Sokolowski were joined at TNF by some...

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Announcing the MEST Africa scale-up pitch competition: Accra, Lagos, Nairobi and Cape Town For 10 years, MEST has trained aspiring entrepreneurs and invested in exceptional businesses with Pan-African ambitions. These companies have gone on to enter new markets, with...

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This post was written by Heather Mavunga, a Zimbabwean entrepreneur in training in the MEST class of 2018.   Strive Masiyiwa is widely known as Zimbabwe’s only billionaire. He is a philanthropist of note and a successful businessman, with...

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BlendYourLearning: Bridging the Skills Gap with EdTech

Sylvana Lewin | Thursday, February 15th, 2018

MEST alum Ugo Chukwujiaka is currently working as the Project Manager of BlendYourLearning, a learning company that is launching its pilot program this March in Accra. We spoke to him to learn more about the company and what they’re...

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Ten Reasons We Love MEST

Sylvana Lewin | Wednesday, February 14th, 2018

As February is the month of love, and we’re celebrating 10 years of MEST in 2018, we reached out to our founders, fellows, staff, and EITs for ten reasons why our community loves MEST!   The Culture   “I...

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