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Applications are now open for MEST class of 2020

The Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology (MEST)—a pan-African training programme, seed fund and incubator for technology entrepreneurs—is now accepting applications for its 2020 training programme. Successful applicants will benefit from a one-year programme of "rigorous entrepreneurial training," hands-on project work and guest lectures. The course is fully sponsored—including free meals, housing and a monthly stipend—and culminates in an investor pitch with the chance to receive seed...
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Tech-savvy women making a difference in Kenya

Dubbed the "hope of Africa" a non-profit organization led by four women founders is transforming the lives of young women by helping them develop a range of technology, business and entrepreneurial skills. With financial support from Infodev (the World Bank Innovation and Entrepreneurship arm), Google Rise, iHub, Computer Aid, Seneca Group, the Kenyan government and others, AkiraChix has given "hundreds of young women, especially from less privileged backgrounds, a chance to explore careers in t...
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MEST Africa: Lessons learned from 10 years supporting tech entrepreneurs on the continent

Since the Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology (MEST) Africa first launched in Ghana in 2008, it has trained nearly 300 entrepreneurs, brought in over 80 international fellows and mentors, invested in over 50 early stage startups, and created more than 400 highly skilled jobs, writes Thea Sokolowski. MEST has already expanded into Nigeria, Kenya and South Africa and in 2017 launched incubators in Lagos, Nigeria and Cape Town, South Africa. Here, Sokolowski reflects on the school's succ...
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Young entrepreneurs: apply now for free training at the Autumn School for Sustainable Entrepreneurship

Young entrepreneurs from African countries and Germany are invited to apply for this year's Autumn School for Sustainable Entrepreneurship, organized by Engagement Global's ASA Programme. The 25 selected entrepreneurs will learn more about sustainable entrepreneurship, share their local knowledge, resources and experiences, and become part of an international network. This year's event is taking place in Stuttgart, Germany from 22 to 26 October 2018 and the deadline for applications is 24 J...
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WeWork and Flatiron School bring campus coding course to London

Following its acquisition of Flatiron School, the New York City-based coding bootcamp, shared workspace company WeWork is launching a new coding campus in the UK. Based at its Finsbury Pavement location in London, the company is kicking off its UK programme with a full-time software engineering course and a part-time front-end web developer course. It's also partnering with a number of organisations such as AllBright, Women Who Code, and Kode with Klossy, to offer scholarships for people from un...
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Y Combinator launches free online course to train new startup investors

Investors who are interested in backing early stage startups but don't know how to get started can now register for free training from one of the world's leading startup accelerators. Y Combinator aims to give the startup ecosystem a boost with a 4-day training course that's open to anyone wanting to learn the practical details of seed (early) stage startup investing. To reach as diverse a group as possible, the 4-day course held live in Y Combinator's Mountain View office will be live-streamed ...
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Investment readiness programme to boost robotics and AI innovators

Robotics and artificial intelligence (RAI) companies in the UK are invited to apply for a place on the Pitchfest investment readiness programme that starts in January 2018. Pitchfest offers intensive training and practice to help RAI businesses prepare and deliver a compelling pitch to potential investors and business partners. Only 15 places are available in this first cohort and participants must attend the training days on 16th and 17th January in Sheffield, followed by Pitch Practice on 1st ...
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Code First: Girls to plug digital skills gap by teaching 20,000 women to code by 2020

Code First: Girls is launching a new campaign to help plug the UK digital skills gap by teaching 20,000 young women how to code by the end of 2020. Apart from offering free training, the multi-award winning social enterprise is also building a community platform for course alumnae to learn from and support each other. The campaign aims to address the shortage of skilled employees and gender imbalance in the UK's digital tech sector with funding from KKR, OVH and other key partners. Members of th...
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This startup teaches domestic violence survivors to be entrepreneurs

FreeFrom is offering domestic violence survivors a six month entrepreneurship training program with participants receiving free legal advice, mentoring, marketing advice, and help with their logo and website design. Listed in Forbes 30 Under 30 for her advocacy work on domestic violence, founder and CEO Sonya Passi launched FreeFrom in November last year. The organization is currently helping 30 survivors of domestic violence in 3 cities to build their own small businesses and plans to expand th...
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