MEST set to hold Africa technology summit in Lagos

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Following the success of the first edition, Ghana-based Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology, MEST is set to host the second edition of it’s Africa Tech Summit (ATS) in Lagos, Nigeria on the 6th and 7th of December, 2016.

MEST provides training, investment and mentoring for aspiring technology entrepreneurs with the goal of creating globally successful companies that create wealth and jobs locally in Africa. Considering that Lagos state is the home of technological innovations in Nigeria because of her rich cluster of technology hubs, companies and start-ups, this year’s edition of the summit promises to be even bigger.

“Africa is fast becoming a destination for top technology companies and players. Global brands and personalities like Mark Zuckerberg and Y Combinator have visited and invested in the continent in recent months, and Lagos in particular is on its way to becoming an influential stage in the global tech space. We’re especially excited to host ATS in a city and a country that we believe is really going to take off,” said MEST founder Jorn Lyseggen.

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With speakers such as Mitchell Elegbe – CEO, Interswitch; Funke Opeke – Founder, MainOne; Omobola Johnson – Chairperson, Global Alliance for Affordable Internet; Jason Njoku – Founder, IrokoTV; Chika Nwobi – Founder, L5Lab; and representatives from Google, Uber, Vodacom and Samsung, it is evident that “MEST places a strong emphasis on curating the right crowd,” according to the Managing Director of MEST, Katie Sarro.

Adding that, “ATS attracts an impressive list of attendees across from telcos, banks, multinational tech giants, entrepreneurs, investors and media and this year’s summit promises attendees the opportunity to drive forward new ideas and forge relationships with the some of the brightest minds in the field.”

The topics that will be discussed at this year’s MEST Africa tech summit include:

  • Comparing tech landscapes across regions
  • Building the infrastructure to support Africa’s ambitions
  • Leaders in Fintech
  • Developments in Agritech
  • Corporate Venture Capitalism
  • Investing in African tech

This year’s event welcomes a new idea in the MEST Start-up Demo Day, which will be held on the 7th of December. During this session, MEST’s top portfolio companies will get the opportunity to pitch in front of a pool of prospective investors. The event will hold at InterContinental Lagos, Kofo Abayomi Street, Lagos. Interested participants should register here.

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