Entrepreneurs sponsored by online payments company graduate from MEST

Out of the 19 Nigerian Entrepreneurs In Training (EIT) sponsored by Interswitch to the MEST programme, 10 of the EITs graduated on the Saturday, 18 June 2016.

Interswitch

Interswitch, the Nigerian integrated digital payments company, has announced the graduation of the first batch of Nigerian entrepreneurs it sponsors from the Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology (MEST) Training Programme, in Accra, Ghana.

Out of the 19 Nigerian Entrepreneurs In Training (EIT) sponsored by Interswitch to the MEST programme, 10 of the EITs graduated on the Saturday, 18 June 2016, with friends and family, as well as the Chairman of Interswitch, Mr Dotun Sulaiman, and the company’s founder and Group Managing Director, Mitchell Elegbe, all present.

Interswitch and MEST launched this partnership in 2014, to support aspiring young Nigerians, by equipping them with the skills they need to launch successful businesses across Africa.

The Entrepreneurs in Training scheme gives young Africans the chance to be the African business leaders of the future.

Speaking at the graduation ceremony, Mitchell Elegbe, Founder and GMD of Interswitch, said, “At Interswitch, we are very passionate and committed to growing the Tech Ecosystem in Africa. Investing in people with exceptional ideas that can grow into something really impactful and solve problems in Africa, is essential to us.  Africa is changing rapidly, and it is vitally important that our young people have the opportunity to not only fulfil their own potential, but to go on and change the way we live our lives."

I attended a dinner with Mitchell Elegbe, along with a lot of stakeholders and tech media personalities, a few weeks ago where he revealed that Interswitch was sponsoring some students to MEST. Everyone in the room was surprised. Elegbe also went on to talk about the moves his company is making in the Nigerian tech space. If those are any indications, the future of tech in Nigeria is looking very interesting.

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