MEST Welcomes its Latest Cohort of Entrepreneurs to the Class of 2019

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The Accra-based Meltwater school of Technology (MEST) has chosen its largest cohort of Entrepreneurs in Training (EiTs) for its 2019 class so far, with representatives from 12 African nations which is double the number of its just graduated 2018 class.

This new cohort is made up of individuals/entrepreneurs from Cameroon, Ghana, Gambia, Cote d’Ivoire, Kenya, Nigeria, Mali, South Africa, Sudan, Somalia, Sudan, Tanzania, and Zimbabwe. This shows that the program increasing reach across Africa as well as records an exponential rise in diversity by having the largest-ever geographical representation in MEST’s history.

Prior to selection, members of the new class of 2019 had previously competed to demonstrate their passion for learning, technology, and entrepreneurship, and the cohort is filled with stories of individuals who went to great lengths to be part of the MEST program.

Some Female EITs in the Class of 2019.
Some female EiTs in the Class of 2019.

In addition, the class of 2019 also comprises a large number of entrepreneurs who were already in the technology and startup ecosystem prior to joining the MEST program. Some of their previous work areas include Programming, eCommerce, Real estate, Engineering, and Science. For instance, Todun Osunloye is a Software Engineer from Nigeria who is also a partaker of this batch of training.

This new class brings a significant amount of real-world experience to the program and as it is, the organizers are filled with a lot of excitement and optimism about the potentials of this new batch.

Following the tough hours and miles we put into finding this class, I am certainly excited about the diversity of the cohort. This diversity is not just about nationalities; it is also seen their backgrounds, passions and experiences. Each of member of this class proved many times through the intense recruitment process that they deserve to be here. — MEST Recruitment Lead, Tobi Lafinhan

About MEST
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Over the last 10 years, MEST Africa has invested millions of dollar supporting African entrepreneurs.

MEST Africa is an entrepreneurial training program, seed fund, and incubator for African tech startups, headquartered in Accra, Ghana.

It also offers a 12-month, full-time, fully-sponsored training program where students, known as Entrepreneurs in Training (EITs), complete a graduate-level course in software development, business and communications. The course culminates in an investor pitch and the chance to receive seed funding and enter the MEST incubator.


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