Created in February 2008 by the Meltwater Group Founder and CEO, Jorn Lyseggen, the Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology (MEST) has grown to attract the attention in the Ghanaian tech space. Born out of a dream and a goal to train the next generation of Ghanaian graduates and in software development and Entrepreneurship, the organisation has in the past few years churned out graduates and trainees with outstanding achievements. MEST is a two-year training programme for Ghanaian graduates funded by the Meltwater Foundation. After the training the graduates have the chance to pitch to the Foundation for funding after which they’d join the Incubation phase of the programme if successful.
In February this year, three of the Incubator’s start-ups got the opportunity to exhibit and present their products at the first ever Launch conference in California. Nandimobile’s maiden product, Gripeline was in the end adjudged the Best Business Award of the Launchpad division. Weeks later, one of the founders of Retail Tower, another Mest start up won the top prize at the Google Ghana event held in Accra. Isaac Nortey got a Samsung Galaxy in recognition of his exhibition of knowledge in Google’s technology and services.
This year, a team of MEST trainees competed with the rest of the world in the World Youth Summit Competition in which their maternal mortality portal was a winner in the Fight Poverty, Hunger and Disease category. This was a few weeks after their counterparts emerged semi-finalists in the Google Online Marketing Challenge.
One other achievement worthy of recognition is Alfred Anyan, the ultimate winner of Mobile Web Ghana’s first pitch. Alfred is a graduate of the MEST and currently manages his own technology company.
Following these achievements, Saya Mobile and Nandimobile picked up the top prizes at the first ever Ghana Mobile Showcase sponsored by Indigo Trust and Inmobi.
Currently there are seven tech start-ups in the Meltwater Incubator. 2011 only seems to be the tip of the iceberg, more innovations are expected to be introduced come next year.