The goal of MEST is to launch and support globally successful companies that create wealth and jobs in Africa. To date, the MEST portfolio boasts over 60 tech start-ups with founders that have graduated from the MEST Training Program. Here are a few you might have heard of.
MeQasa, founded by Kelvin Nyame, Kofi Amuasi and Rashad Seini from the MEST Class of 2013, is Ghana’s leading online marketplace for real estate. The company cooperates with brokers, owners and tenants to provide reliable information for housing as well as commercial properties. MeQasa acquired JumiaHouse Ghana in 2017, which established the real estate platform as Ghana’s largest and most trusted.
Asoriba, a church administration and community platform, was founded in 2015 and operates in Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya and South Africa. The four co-founders, Saviour Enyam Dzage, Nana Opoku W. O. Agyeman-Prempeh, Patrick Ohemeng Tutu and Jesse Johnson, found common ground during the MEST Training Program. The app allows members to receive devotionals and information on events, as well as send prayer requests or donate money.
Leti Arts is a company founded by Eyram Tawia from Ghana and Wesley Kirinya from Kenya in 2009. As game studio with offices in Accra and Nairobi, Leti Arts aims to leverage African talent to develop high-quality media games, comics and mobile apps. The core themes in Leti’s products are stories of African superheroes. The company strives to build games that can compete on the world market like the recently created interactive quiz game MTN Ghana’s Hottseat.
Amplify, a company founded by MEST Class of 2015’s Segun Adeyemi and Maxwell Obi, is a payment solution. Its flagship product, Amplifypay, offers an automated way for businesses to collect recurring payments. Amplify was acquired by a Nigerian fintech company in 2019.