The Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology (MEST) is a non-profit training and mentoring program established by Meltwater that enables Africans to become software entrepreneurs. The goal of the program is to teach MEST students the skills required to launch breakthrough global companies, thus enabling them to create jobs and wealth locally to stimulate the African economy.
Founded in Accra, Ghana in 2007, MEST is the brainchild of Jorn Lyseggen. Jorn believes that talented people are everywhere, and with the right nurturing, support and guidance, people have the potential to be extraordinarily successful. This belief is the foundation of our culture here at Meltwater, where employees develop professionally and receive opportunities to move into management roles early in their careers. In Ghana, we have set out to prove that a new generation of young, successful global entrepreneurs can come from Africa—a continent that is one of the least developed in terms of the software market and is home to many stagnant economies where highly educated individuals have few job opportunities.
Operated by our non-profit arm, the Meltwater Foundation, MEST seeks out talented college graduates who are interested in entrepreneurship, technology and business to participate in the program. Once accepted, our Entrepreneurs in Training (EITs) receive hands-on training in software development, basic business fundamentals and entrepreneurship in a fast-paced, challenging, start-up environment where they develop software applications and prepare those applications for launch in the global marketplace.
To learn more, or become involved, please visit the MEST website.