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Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology

Ever wondered what it takes to be an entrepreneur?

The professional and personal challenges, the high and lows, the failures and the success?

Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. It is the largest community of passionate entrepreneurs with over 1800 past events in 120 countries around the world in 2014.

The non-profit organization is headquartered in Seattle, Washington but Startup Weekend organizers and facilitators can be found in over 200 cities around the world. From Mongolia to South Africa to London to Brazil, people around the globe are coming together for weekend long workshops to pitch ideas, form teams, and start companies.

All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams organically form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote) and then it’s a 54 hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. The weekends culminate with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback.

Whether entrepreneurs found companies, find a cofounder, meet someone new, or learn a skill far outside their usual 9-to-5, everyone is guaranteed to leave the event better prepared to navigate the chaotic but fun world of startups. If you want to put yourself in the shoes of an entrepreneur, register now for the best weekend of your life!

Schedule

Friday

Nov 22
  • Registration Starts
  • Dinner & Networking
  • Welcome & Speakers
  • Pitches Start
  • Attendees vote for the top ideas
  • Teams start forming and discussing ideas
  • Start to formalize teams and take an inventory of skills. Be honest, and direct about what resources and skills are needed for the weekend. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Saturday

Nov 23
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend
  • Lunch
  • Call for needs & skills
  • Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!
  • Dinner
  • Mid weekend check-in, status reports, call for help
  • Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Sunday

Nov 24
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Call for help (this is self motivated, so don’t be shy)
  • Lunch
  • Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS
  • Gut check. Start prepping for presentations
  • Dinner
  • FINAL PRESENTATIONS
  • Judging & awards
  • Wrapup
  • Go home!
Platinum Sponsors
Speakers

Kena Amoah

CEO of NevaHold   |   LinkedIn

Kena is currently the CEO and Co-Founder of Nevahold (www.nevahold.me), global mobile application that empowers consumers when they reach out to companies for customer service support.
Before Nevahold Kena was the IT-Director and a Co-founder for Ghana Elections Watch, an online election monitoring and past election document storage platform for Ghana, launched in 2008.

Kena is passionate about big data, NLP,gamification and growth hacking. During his free times you will see him promoting
upcoming music artist on his music promotion website

Gold Sponsors
Judges

Ian Ziddah

Product Planning & Development Manager at MTN Ghana

Ian works at MTN Ghana creating products and services for businesses. He has been an important contributor to establishing the MTN Business brand in Ghana. He is a seasoned communications technology expert with good business acumen. He is currently participating on the Duke University Fuqua Global Executive MBA program. His previous consulting and project engineering roles spanned telecom companies within Europe Middle East and Africa.

Vivek Goyal

Principal Consultant at ThoughtWorks

Vivek has been working with ThoughtWorks Inc for last 12 years in many global offices. Born and brought up in India and currently based in New York, Vivek currently lives in Johannesburg and will soon be moving to Accra as the General Manager of ThoughtWorks Accra operations. Starting his carrier as a software developer, Vivek has done a variety of roles including analyst, agile coaching, organizational transformations, Project Management etc. Vivek's latest passion as part of ThoughtWorks mission is to be part of creating software that can make a change to humanity specially in the Pan-African context, using the principles of Agile software development. In his spare time, Vivek likes to listen to music and watch movies."

Ethel Cofie

IT /Business Strategy and Solutions Manager at Vodafone Ghana

Ethel Cofie is an IT /Business Strategy and Solutions Manager with experience spanning a variety of capacities and countries including UK, Ghana,Nigeria and Sierra Leone.

Ethel Currently works for Vodafone Ghana ,is also a member of the British Computer Society and Women in Technology and is keen to encourage more young women to pursue careers in Information Technology.

She is also Founder of the BarCamp Africa UK Movement , the next event is slated to happen in April 2014

Unni Krishnan

Senior Faculty

Unni Krishnan joins MEST as a senior faculty member for the class of 2014. He is responsible for training and mentoring the EITs to become better software professionals and entrepreneurs. Prior to joining MEST, Unni was the co-founder of InferData, a software training firm based in the USA. Before starting his company, he was a member of technical staff at MCC, a software consortium based in Austin, TX. During his tenure of over a dozen years of training professionals all over the world, he has honed many of the skills needed to create and deliver effective training sessions. Unni has a bachelors degree in Electrical Engineering and a Masters in Computer Engineering from the University of Texas, Austin. An intrepid traveler, Unni has lived in Asia, US and Europe and brings a unique cultural perspective to the mix. As an avid soccer aficionado, he tries to complement his lack of skills with sheer enthusiasm on and off the pitch. An advocate of green living, he tries to incorporate them in his daily habits. Trekking, bicycling, scuba are some of his other interests. He also likes to unwind to local live music of various genres.

Silver Sponsors
Coaches

Thea Sokolowski

Business Fellow at MEST   |   LinkedIn

Thea currently serves as a Business Fellow at MEST. She graduated from New York University with a marketing communications degree. Before joining MEST, Thea worked at marketing, branding and strategy consulting firm Point One Percent in New York City. There she gained experience in brand development and identity, business and marketing strategy, copywriting and client management. Previously, Thea served as an Account Executive at advertising agency Beauty @ Gotham on the global Maybelline account. For the past year, Thea has also worked with non-profit organization Goods for Good, assisting with fund raising, event planning and marketing development. In her spare time, Thea enjoys dance and watching American football, and has been bitten by the travel bug, particularly finding interest in outdoor adventures.

Derek Jason Bossman

CEO of Adsbrook   |  

Derek Jason Bossman is the CEO and Cofounder of AdsBrook, one of the fastest growing web and mobile ad networks in Africa. He got involved in digital advertising through his love for marketing and technology and his desire to connect both passions. Although Jason has a background in Technology, having studied Information Technology at the University of Cape Coast in Ghana, he is fascinated with the development of brands and the business of brand building using online tools.

With AdsBrook, Jason is involved with company strategy as well as Sales and Business Development. Even though the company is only about a year old, with the current growth and adoption rate of the service within Ghana, he plans to scale the company rapidly to other markets to take advantage of the digital revolution within the continent.

When not involved in the fast paced world of media and advertising, Jason enjoys sitting down with music and a good book.

Emmanuel Quartey

Incubator Business Fellow   |  

Emmanuel Quartey is a Communications and Marketing Fellow at the Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology Incubator, where he supports incubator companies by designing ad assets, logos, and website mockups, by writing web copy, blog posts, and social media updates, and by helping create and implement user acquisition and engagement strategies.

He was previously a member of the communications teams at the Yale University Office of Public Affairs & Communications, and at SeeClickFix, a platform that allows city residents to report non-emergency issues to local governments using smartphone apps. Emmanuel has a fascination for cities, comics, the written word, and the internet, and how those things connect to each other.

Kwaku Osei

Business Development Fellow, Meltwater Incubator   |   LinkedIn

Kwaku recently graduated from the College of Law of England and Wales. He's worked as a policy intern with the UK parliament and with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Ghana. He has conducted foreign policy analysis on BBC's The World Today radio program and worked with a team to launch the inaugural Cambridge Business in Africa Conference. Kwaku received his BA in Political Science and French from Yale University and his M.Phil in International Relations from the University of Cambridge. When he's not reading and writing about foreign policy issues facing Sub-Saharan Africa, you may chatting in English, French, Twi or Fante.

Ethel Cofie

IT /Business Strategy and Solutions Manager at Vodafone Ghana   |   LinkedIn

Ethel Cofie is an IT /Business Strategy and Solutions Manager with experience spanning a variety of capacities and countries including UK, Ghana,Nigeria and Sierra Leone.

Ethel Currently works for Vodafone Ghana ,is also a member of the British Computer Society and Women in Technology and is keen to encourage more young women to pursue careers in Information Technology.

She is also Founder of the BarCamp Africa UK Movement , the next event is slated to happen in April 2014

Philip Crawford

Business Development at MINC

Philip Crawford is a Business Development Fellow at the Meltwater Incubator. Most recently Philip was working with SecondMarket where he managed business development efforts in its San Francisco office. He's worked with Goldman Sachs as a summer associate twice and served as the President of the Stanford's Black Mens Forum. Philip received his BA in History and Economics from Stanford University. When he's not on motorcycle trips through America's Southwest, he enjoys watercoloring and creating digital art.

David Osei

David Osei is an associate in the Sub-Saharan Africa office a leading management consulting firm. Prior to starting at that, David worked for five years in Washington DC, as an anti-trust associate with a global corporate law firm, where he advised numerous clients on prospective mergers and acquisitions. While completing his MBA at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, David worked as a strategist at LuminAID Lab, a start-up developing innovative solar-powered products for disaster relief, and as an associate with MK Capital, an established venture capital firm providing early stage and growth equity capital to companies in the digital media, software, and education technology sectors. He received his BA from Washington University in St. Louis, and his JD from the University of Michigan Law School. David is an avid cyclist and surfer.

Media Sponsors
Organizers
Eric Hackman
Stephen Gyasi-Kwaw
Amma Baffoe
Claude Ayitey
Ato Uzlen-Appiah
Ian Ziddah
Nana Sarfo Anim
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