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The Next Frontier: What’s Happening in African Tech?

Are you a member of the African diaspora working in tech? Do you work for a company creating tech solutions for African markets?

MEST is hosting a meetup! Come join us on Wednesday, April 1 for a rare opportunity to connect with individuals who:

  • Are building and scaling tech businesses targeting Africa
  • Were born or raised in Africa and now working in tech in SF
  • Involved in entrepreneurship and investment in the region
  • Represent a leading global tech organization with strong ties to the continent

Join us for an exciting eve of quick fire round of introductions to companies who are working within the African tech landscape.

6 pm – Arrive at Meltwater HQ, grab some snacks & refreshments.

6:30 pm – We’ll kickoff the night with a presentation from Chris Folayan, CEO and Founder of Mall for Africa, a Nigerian ecommerce company that racked up $17 million in sales in 2014 by partnering with retailers like Barney’s, Bloomingdales and Best Buy (check out their feature in Sunday’s New York Times here: Bringing African Shoppers to the Global Mall).

Following Chris, we’ll hear from companies like EveryLayer, African Technology Foundation, VOTO Mobile (to name a few) in a quick round robin and from 7 pm onward – plenty of time to mix & mingle.

This is a great opportunity, in a relaxed environment, to:

  • Expand your Africa network and reach locally
  • Meet like-minded organizations and individuals based in SF
  • Casually share stories and experiences of working on the continent

About MEST

Established in 2008, the Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology (MEST) provides training, investment and incubation to aspiring high tech entrepreneurs in Africa and with bridges to Silicon Valley. Since its inception, MEST has invested $15 million in supporting West African entrepreneurs. Two hundred individual entrepreneurs have graduated from the training program and over 20 tech startups have been launched, via seed funding and mentorship from MEST.

MEST has been recognized as Fast Company’s “10 Most Innovative Companies in Africa” in 2015 and regarded as “one of the largest private investments in Ghanian economic development” by DFID.

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