The Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology (MEST) has opened its fourth incubator and tech hub in Nairobi, Kenya.

The incubator will operate as MEST’s flagship East African space, joining hubs in Ghana, Nigeria and South Africa.

Speaking at the launch, MEST Managing Director, Aaron Fu said the organisation is “thrilled” to officially establish its presence in East Africa.

“A truly Pan-African tech hub, we now have a presence across all corners of Sub-Saharan Africa — west, south and now east,” said Fu.

“I personally look forward to engaging even more deeply with the incredibly vibrant tech and startup community thriving in Nairobi, which I’m happy to call home.”

The Nairobi launch comes less than a year after the opening of MEST Africa’s Lagos and Cape Town hub in November 2017.

Sharehouse, an “Airbnb for warehouses”, and one of the seven graduates of the MEST 2018 cohort who received $700,000 in funding, will be one of the first companies to move into the Nairobi incubator.

They will be joined by existing portfolio company Nestmetric, a platform that makes business insights and predictions through machine learning accessible to all types of businesses.

By: ClaraDoku/