Ghana’s startup investor and incubator, Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology (MEST) and South Korean OEM, Samsung Electronics have partnered in an initiative that will provide more opportunities, resources and tools to West African entrepreneurs, resulting in several areas of positive impact for the tech ecosystem.
Having finalised the deal earlier at the 2015 Mobile West Africa, currently ongoing in Lagos, both companies plan to roll-out a series of events together in the coming weeks.
MEST trains, invests and incubates aspiring African software entrepreneurs, putting them on the path to become globally successful technology entrepreneurs. In each of these three phases of the MEST program, Samsung’s role will have deep impact.
According to MEST, “Samsung will be involved from the early stages, starting with company ideation and pitching processes during the MEST training portion and will support MEST by providing in-kind as well as subsidized devices and tablets that can be used to test out and further develop their solutions”.
Due to the startup incubator’s role in the developer, technology startup space in West Africa, it will in turn help provide Samsung general access and visibility with developers and entrepreneurs in West Africa.
The MEST-Samsung partnership will help open doors for MEST incubator companies, both consumer and B2B focused, to partner on distribution of mobile applications and cross-marketing services.
MEST also announced that it’s hosting an informational recruitment session and meet-up for Nigerian candidates who wish to be considered for MEST’s next batch of EITs. Interested individuals can apply here.