December 2013 Newsletter

MEST | Tuesday, December 31st, 2013


 MEST December Newsletter


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Holidays from MEST!


been a busy 12 months at MEST, this newsletter shares the highlights
moving forward you will receive exciting news and updates on a

Also this
we have kicked off The Next Frontier (TNF) events series and most
recently launched our brand
new website

We hope you have had a prosperous
2013 and we are looking forward
seeing what 2014 has to offer.

The MEST Team  




MEST’s Portfolio
grows to 13 start-ups and 25 new students join the training program


Class of 2013 with Jorn Lyseggen, Founder & CEO Meltwater & MEST


June saw the Graduation of the Class of 2013 and the founding
of 3 new MEST companies.
MeQasa, Lifespots and Orgaroo received seed funding and moved over the
bridge to the MEST Incubator. the newly recruited Class of 2015 kicked
off their first semster in August, the students were joined by new
Teaching Fellows and the Incubator also expanded it’s on the ground
team to 5 fellows also. Check out the amazing team we have on the
ground in Accra here. Read more
about our portfolio here>


joins the 500 Startup Accelerator in Silicon Valley

The Dropifi Team

May, Dropifi joined the 6th batch of companies to join 500 Startups
Accelerator Program as the first African company. Dropifi seeks to
clear out the era of long and scary website “contact us” forms that
deny businesses of valuable feedback and leads, but will still deliver
business critical insights and a spam-free customer engagement.

Since 2011 Dropifi, graduates of MEST, have been making waves Ghana as
well as internationally. Watch their interview on CNN here.

Read more

GenKey acquires MEST’s ClaimSync

Making the deal

has been a busy year for ClaimSync they joined the HealthXL Accelerator
in Dublin from April to June and later in the year had bigger news!

the  leading  provider  of  biometric
ID  management  solutions,  announces  the
acquisition of ClaimSync, a Ghanaian software provider that offers
hospitals and  insurers a next generation platform for digitizing
and processing medical records and claims.

“With this acquisition, we will be able to combine GenKey’s biometric
ID management and unique biometric claim validation solution with
ClaimSync’s electronic medical claim handling system”, says Michiel van
der Veen, CEO of GenKey. “I am very excited to join forces with
ClaimSync and to further strengthen our position in the African
healthcare market”, he adds. Read more

Other MEST news


Neal Hansch Joins MEST As
Incubator Managing Director

September Neal joined MEST with over
fifteen years experience in venture capital, technology operations and
investment banking. Most recently, he was a General Partner with Rustic
Canyon Partners (RCP), an early-stage focused investment fund with
$500MM under management. Prior joining RCP in 2005, Neal worked in the
Corporate Development group at Macromedia (Nasdaq: MACR), where he was
responsible for global M&A transactions and strategic equity
investmentsNeal’s proven leadership and track record
developing US based start-ups will play an important role in MEST’s
future success, while deepening the program’s presence in Silicon

Leti Arts launches in
Ghana and Kenya

Leti Arts

Arts is an
African media company
bringing the Continent’s rich folklore to life through digital comics
and mobile games. Leti Arts suceesfully launched “The True Ananse” in
Ghana with the support of Microsoft and Google and “African Legends” in
partneship with Intel in Kenya throughout October. Leti Co-Founders
Eyram and Wesley were invited to present at GDC’s localization summit
in SF back in March, VentureBeat
covered this.