MEST recruiting in Nigeria

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Ghana-based incubator the Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology (MEST) is recruiting entrepreneurs in training (EITs) in Nigeria for the second year in a row.

MEST is inviting candidates that have already applied online to its training programme to attend a meetup at the Lagos Garage on Friday, May 1 in advance of the in-person interviews which will take place in June.

The incubator said it is looking for individuals with the passion to start a software company, who are already involved in entrepreneurship in the region. Those looking to grow existing businesses are also welcome.

Qualities sought include a desire to make a difference, strong interest in technology and software, an entrepreneurial spirit, personal drive, stamina, and self motivation, excellent people skills, and the ability to communicate candidly and persuasively.

The agenda for the meetup will include an introduction to MEST, an informational session by Samsung, MEST’s primary partner in West Africa, an informational session from Yomi Adedeji, founder of Softcom, about his experience and journey as a tech entrepreneur in Nigeria, and a Q&A session, offering a live opportunity to get answers to questions about life at MEST.

The incubator recently partnered Samsung in an initiative that aims to provide more opportunities, resources and tools to West African entrepreneurs. The partnership between MEST, which was launched in 2008 and has invested US$15 million into its training, incubation and investment programme since, and Samsung focuses primarily on training, investment and ecosystem development.

Samsung will be involved from the early stages of the MEST incubation process, providing subsidised devices and the opportunity for entrepreneurs in training to apply for internship positions at Samsung. Samsung Enterprise Business Partners in Nigeria will also have the opportunity to invest in MEST companies.

“A major objective for MEST in 2015 is bringing on board strategic partners who can support our mission to empower hundreds of tech entrepreneurs in Africa,” said Neal Hansch, managing director of MEST.

“We can’t think of a better or well-equipped partner in the space and are very honoured to have Samsung formally join us in our efforts and further catalyse growth in the African tech market.”

Disrupt Africa has reported recently on a number of MEST startups, recently Vestracker, Beam and Suba.

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