4th November 2017, Accra, GH; Nairobi, Kenya - Pan-African entrepreneurial training program, seed fund, and incubator MEST today announced a partnership with Moringa School to offer Moringa School's world-class technology training courses in all regions where MEST operates. Moringa courses will be offered at MEST Incubators in Cape Town, Lagos and Accra. With Moringa’s entry into the new markets, aspiring technologists will receive access to their 20-week program and career placement services.
MEST recently launched Incubators in Lagos and Cape Town, as part of a larger Pan-African expansion initiative, and, for the first time, startups that have not gone through the MEST program can apply to join the Incubators as community members. The partnership comes after Moringa ran a successful Moringa Prep (fundamentals of programming) course at the MEST Accra campus in September 2017.
“Moringa is a market leader in developing tech talent in Africa, and we are excited to work with them as they continue with a Pan-African expansion,” says Aaron Fu, MEST Africa’s Managing Director. “Our mission is to to unlock resources within the African tech space through a Pan-African network, and working with Moringa to develop tech talent in various parts of the continent is right in the middle of that.”
Moringa, which started operations in April 2014 in Nairobi, has expanded its offering in Hong Kong and Ghana, and recently launched in Pakistan through a partnership with the World Bank. The MEST partnership will enable the program to gain a foothold in West, and Southern Africa, and get to leverage both current and future MEST facilities to expand its courses across the continent.
"We are excited to launch across Africa with an incredible partner like MEST,” says Audrey Cheng, Co-Founder and CEO of Moringa School. “With this partnership, we will be able to train more world-class developers and continue to transform economies across the continent."
In the partnership, MEST will also receive access to the Moringa alumni network and community to recruit for its Accra-based Entrepreneurial Training Program. Every year, MEST selects 60 aspiring entrepreneurs from Kenya, Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa and Ivory Coast to apply to join the program, and this partnership will help maintain a strong recruitment pipeline of highly skilled and motivated individuals interested in building globally successful software companies.
Launched in 2008 by Meltwater Founder & CEO Jorn Lyseggen, MEST is a Pan-African training program, seed fund, incubator and hub for technology entrepreneurs in Africa, providing critical skills training in software development, business and communications, as well as seed funding and incubation. Headquartered in Accra, Ghana, MEST is funded by the Meltwater Foundation, the non-profit arm of Meltwater, a global leader in media intelligence and Outside Insight.
Moringa School is a Nairobi, Kenya-based multi-disciplinary learning accelerator committed to providing young Africans with digital and professional skills training. Through experienced teachers and mentors, a blended learning model, and a market and outcomes-driven curriculum, Moringa School’s mission is to transform higher education throughout Africa and enable its graduates to be globally competitive with their peers. The school has placed more than 95% of its graduates into leading companies throughout Africa and the world. Moringa School was awarded Financial Times and IFC's "Finalist - Achievement in Sustainable Development, With a Focus on Education, Knowledge and Skills."