Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology (MEST) continues expansion across the African continent, officially announcing recruitment of Entrepreneurs-In-Training (EITs) from Côte d’Ivoire, the first French-speaking country in which MEST will have a presence.

The news will be publicly announced at the Africa Web Festival in Côte d’Ivoire, taking place 30th November- 1st December, in front of 6,000 attendees. Throughout the week, MEST is also hosting recruitment sessions for the next cohort of EITs.

The expansion into Côte d’Ivoire is a strategic move for MEST, marking a foothold in its fifth African country, and bridging the gap between the English-speaking and French-speaking African economies to expand the tech ecosystem even further.

With the addition of Côte d’Ivoire, MEST is now accepting applications from Ivorians, Ghanaians, Kenyans, Nigerians and South Africans who wish to spend a year at the flagship campus in Accra, Ghana to take part in an intensive entrepreneurial training program, launch their own software startup, and pitch to receive seed funding from the Meltwater Foundation.

The MEST expansion strategy remains the same: a phased rollout of incubators in key economic centers on the continent, replicating the successful operating model and expanding the power of the network for all MEST portfolio companies to quickly scale across Africa once they’ve found an idea that works.

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Paul ADEPOJU is a Nigerian freelance journalist, managing editor, blogger and published writer (3 books already). He has vast experience working with various media organizations in Africa, Asia, Europe and America. He covers stories on various genres and for various audiences. He is the managing editor of which is Africa's leading health news website; he also manages, a city blog that focuses on happenings in his home town of Ibadan, southwest Nigeria. He has won several awards including Nigeria's Vanguard Newspaper's Young Nigerian Making The Difference award; a certificate of recognition from UNESCO and Goi Peace Institute in Japan; a finalist at the International Press Institute's Young Nigerian Journalist of the Year award; and was the only African finalist in the NetImpact/FedEx Global Access Essay Competition.