At Meltwater, we love to give back to our local communities. Apart from the usual fundraising activities for those in need happening throughout the year (be it through bakeoff competitions or participating in Tough Mudder!), we are proud to say that our founder Jorn Lyseggen is very passionate about the Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology (MEST) he set up in Ghana back in 2008.
Jorn believes that talent is everywhere though the opportunity is not and that with the right support and guidance anyone can achieve great things. This belief is the foundation for MEST, which sets out to prove that a new generation of young, successful global software entrepreneurs can originate in Africa.
MEST offers aspiring African entrepreneurs a fully sponsored, intensive 12 month training program. Entrepreneurs-in-Training (EITs) are sourced from top graduates in Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya, South Africa and Cote d'Ivoire. Through the Meltwater Foundation (a non-for-profit of Meltwater), MEST will offer $50k-$200k in seed funding to selected graduating teams in exchange for a minority stake in the company. New portfolio companies cross the bridge into our incubator and continue to receive extensive full-time support and access to resources, mentorship, and a global network.
To read more about this exciting school, click here: http://meltwater.org/.