Three Ghanian startups to receive equity-free grant funding and support from MEST

GHANA – Three Ghanaian startups; Bosea, Wegoo, Motito, have been named top performers from the beta 2020 cohort of the MEST Express accelerator programme and will receive equity-free grant funding and support from MEST and the Mastercard Foundation. MEST Express is one of three new programmes, alongside Pre-MEST and MEST Scale, that MEST is currently running in partnership with the Mastercard Foundation through Young Africa Works, a 10-year strategy of the foundation to enable three million young people in Ghana to access dignified and fulfilling work. The programme aims to…

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Mastercard Foundation partners MEST to support young entrepreneurs

GHANA – MEST, a project of Meltwater Foundation, in partnership with the Mastercard Foundation, has announced the launch of the Startup Creation programme, aimed at supporting young entrepreneurs to build, launch and scale software technology-enabled ventures in Ghana. Startup Creation will provide free training in entrepreneurship and startup development in response to growing demand for software entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial skills among young people in the country as well as provide the opportunity for participants to launch tech-enabled startups that solve local problems. Over the course of 12 weeks, participants will…

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Catalyst Fund partners MEST, Mastercard to launch US$4.3 accelerator program in Ghana

GHANA – Catalyst Fund has partnered with the Mastercard Foundation and MEST (Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology) to launch its Inclusive Digital Accelerator programme in Ghana, the first expansion of its flagship inclusive fintech programme. Catalyst Fund, which is managed by BFA Global, is an accelerator that supports inclusive tech innovators in emerging markets. The accelerator focuses on impact companies offering accessible, affordable and appropriate solutions, designed for underserved individuals and micro and small enterprises, and accelerate the local ecosystems around them. The accelerator said that it aims to improve…

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MEST invests in 7 African tech startups

AFRICA – The Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology (MEST), a pan-African seed fund and incubator has invested a combined US$700,000 in seven tech startups formed by graduates from its entrepreneurial training programme. MEST runs an annual training programme for technology entrepreneurs in Africa providing critical skills training in software development, business and communications. Launched in 2008 and Headquartered in Accra, Ghana, the organization invests in the most promising startups formed by its graduates. Its 12th edition, featured a cohort of 54 entrepreneurs from all over the continent, and culminated in…

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MEST teams up with GIZ to launch female-focused accelerator programme

AFRICA – The Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology (MEST) and the Make-IT in Africa initiative run by Deutsche für Gesellschaft Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) have launched the Tech By Her Accelerator for female entrepreneurs. The three-month industry-based programme is open to ambitious female founders of early-stage tech companies in Ghana, Kenya, and Nigeria. It aims at fuelling the growth of female-led businesses by recognizing and maximising their unique strengths. Additionally, it will equip them with resources to scale and sustain their businesses in a competitive African and international environment. All this…

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