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 success, shares some key lessons learned along the way and reveals how MEST is continuing to evolve with plans for further growth.
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