MEST Africa has announced the launching of two new Incubator spaces in Lagos (Nigeria) and Cape Town (South Africa) as the program continues to expand its presence across the continent.
The MEST Incubators in Lagos and Cape Town as understood will act as extensions of the Accra community, offering entrepreneurs the same support, skilled staff, mentorship, network and resources enjoyed in Ghana, as well as a number of curated events in an effort to bring together the African tech community – catering to everyone from startup founders and teams, to investors and corporate executives.
As well, the spaces will add co-working to the core pillars of MEST Africa which include a 1-year technology training program in Ghana for African entrepreneurs, followed by potential seedfunding and incubation for portfolio companies in Pan-African incubator spaces.
According to Mr. Tunde Durosinmi-Etti, Lagos State Commissioner for Wealth Creation and Employment, Nigeria is happy to receive MEST into the country’s economic centre as it continues to seek partnership to support new businesses, empowering millennials and providing more jobs.
The MEST Incubator Cape Town launched in Woodstock Exchange on Albert Road and welcomes the existing community.
The elated MEST Managing Director, Aaron Fu admitted, they’re “extremely excited to enter the Nigerian and South African markets with the launch of our new incubator spaces. Lagos and Cape Town are home to an enormous amount of ambitious tech talent with massive potential. We also look forward to welcoming companies from the larger local community to join our Pan-African network of like-minded entrepreneurs.”
Since its inception, the Meltwater Foundation has invested $20 million into its training program, the MEST incubator network, and early-stage MEST tech startups.
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