Browsing Category: Interviews

Cote d’Ivoire Drone’s Marouane Jebbar on Africa’s Aerospace Sector

Originally published on the MEST Africa Blog. On November 8, 2018, MEST Africa and Innocircle organized an Airbus Bizlab Aerospace Challenge Meetup in Abidjan to spotlight the budding aerospace industry in Francophone Africa, answer questions about launching a startup in the space, and introduce the Africa4Future initiative by Airbus to aspiring entrepreneurs. We were lucky to have Marouane Jebbar, Founder […]

MEST Team Shares The Motivation Behind The Airbus Bizlab Africa4Future Initiative

Originally published on the MEST Africa Blog. Airbus BizLab’s Africa4Future Challenge has returned to Africa for a second time, in partnership with ecosystem facilitator GIZ Make-IT in Africa, pan-African incubator MEST Africa, and innovation consultancy Innocircle. The challenge launched in Toulouse, France in October 2018, and opened a call for applications from early-stage African aerospace startups, which closes […]

Airbus Bizlab Team Shares The Motivation Behind The Africa4Future Initiative

Originally published on the MEST Africa Blog. Airbus BizLab’s Africa4Future Challenge returns to Africa for a second time, in partnership with ecosystem facilitator GIZ Make-IT in Africa, pan-African incubator MEST Africa, and innovation consultancy Innocircle. The challenge launched in Toulouse, France in October 2018, and opened a call for applications from early-stage African aerospace startups. Call for applications […]

How Andela Plans to Build more Female Technologists in Africa

Originally published on AfricaBusiness2020 via Skrife. Mercy Orangi is the Technology Evangelist at Andela. Here, she talks about Andela’s pan-African expansion plans and platforms they’re building to support more female technologists on the continent. Earlier this year, Andela held its Women In Technology (WIT) Summit in Nigeria. What was the motivation behind that event? This was the first WIT […]

How to Launch and Sustain a Boutique Hotel in Africa

Originally published on AfricaBusiness2020 via Skrife. Introducing… Frieda Demor Nwokolo, owner of Eastgate Hotel Ghana and a hospitality guru who has spent the past decade honing her craft, exploring her passions and making herself a force to be reckoned with in Africa’s boutique hotel industry. In this interview, she shares her experience of setting up a boutique hotel […]

Meet the Entrepreneur Who’s Built an Offline Addressing App for Africa

Originally published on AfricaBusiness2020 via Skrife. He is referred to as an ‘accidental entrepreneur’, one with no intention of starting a business who saw a problem and set out to fix it. Introducing… Sesinam Dagadu, the founder of a Solutions Company called tinyDAVID. tinyDavid was set up to develop solutions for the developing world, and SnooCODE, their first […]

The Rise – and Challenges – of Ghana’s Real Estate Leader MeQasa

Originally published on AfricaBusiness2020 via Skrife. Introducing… Kelvin Nyame, one of three Ghanaian entrepreneurs, (including Rashad Seini and Kofi Amuasi), who founded MeQasa after receiving US$90,000 seed-funding from Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology (MEST) in 2013. MeQasa went on to raise US$800,000 from Frontiers Digital Ventures, a global VC firm in 2015, and is rising to be the […]

Paystack: The Nigerian Success Story Helping Businesses Get Paid

Originally published on AfricaBusiness2020 via Skrife. Introducing… One of the stars of Nigeria’s recent startup success stories – fintech startup Paystack. Paystack was admitted into Y Combinator’s (YC) accelerator programme in winter 2016, making them one of the first Nigerian startups to join the programme. This was no small feat and it ushered in an era of international exposure […]

Emmanuel Quartey Unabashedly Shares His Favourite MEST Experiences

Originally published on the MEST Africa Blog. Emmanuel Quartey was a mastermind at MEST – connecting stakeholders and partners, organizing ecosystem events, contributing original thought pieces and long-form product design articles, projecting just the right amount of MEST energy into everything he was a part of, and managing the 20+ companies at the MEST Incubator. After […]

Asoriba: The Mobile App Revolutionising African Churches

Originally published on AfricaBusiness2020 via Skrife. Introducing… Nana Agyemang Prempeh, one of four co-founders of Asoriba, a startup on a mission to revolutionise churches in Africa. Asoriba has been voted Best Startup in Ghana twice by Seedstars and Ringier/Pulse, Best Startup in Africa by Seedstars, and were participants in Techstars’ first cohort in Africa. How would you describe […]

Vineet Kumar looks back on his time working with us at MEST

Originally published on the MEST Africa Blog. Vineet Kumar, one of our most loved Incubator Fellows, leaves MEST this March after a year-long contract with us supporting our tech entrepreneurs and companies. Originally from India, an avid traveler and startup enthusiast, Vineet threw himself heartily into his work here – building up our entrepreneurs and community with enthusiasm. It is with hearts […]

Meet the new MEST Accra Incubator General Manager – Ashwin Ravichandran

Originally published on the MEST Africa Blog. Starting in January this year, Ashwin Ravichandran resumes his new role as the new MEST Accra-Incubator General Manager. Ashwin joined the MEST team in July 2015 as a Technology Teaching Fellow niched in design, scale/strategy and innovative technologies. Fast-forward to 2017, and he joins the MEST management team […]

Working with Girlfriends: Dziffa Ametam

Originally published on the MEST Africa Blog. Dziffa Akua Ametam is one of MEST’s new Communications Fellows. She’s also an entrepreneur, founder of Dziffa.com, a social enterprise that increases the global reach of local businesses by providing them with branding, marketing, and distribution services. Dziffa was awarded the 2014 Entrepreneur of the year by African Youth […]

Working With Girlfriends: Beavly

Originally published on True Africa. ‘There’s definitely no pampering’ – how women in tech drive each other to achieve more Beavly is an online platform that connects people who want to learn skills with professionals who want to teach these skills. Run by Ijeoma Oguegbu and Barbara Okoto, it is one of two African startups accepted […]

Meet MEST Lagos Incubator General Manager – Neku Atawodi

Originally published on the MEST Africa Blog. This month, we are welcoming the newest member to the MEST family, Neku Atawodi, who is our first hire in Nigeria and will serve as General Manager for MEST’s Lagos Incubator. In this position, Neku will oversee incubator operations and strategy, startup support, stakeholder engagement, business development and fundraising efforts for MEST. She’ll […]

Working With Girlfriends: Tress App

Originally published on True Africa. Tress is a hair inspiration app targeted at black women. It was created by Priscilla Hazel, Esther Olatunde and Cassandra Sarfo in Accra where they came together due to their shared love for dreaming, learning, building, traveling and innovating. This June Tress, which was founded at the Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology (MEST), was accepted to the Y-Combinator fellowship, […]