Making a Move from Media to Tech: My MEST Story
Taking a Leap of Faith
It’s been said that life begins at the end of our comfort zone, and that’s precisely where I found myself in December 2021 when I quit my job in the media industry and took a leap of faith into the exciting and ever-evolving world of tech. I’m Yaw Antwi Owusu, a young and ambitious African with a passion for technology and a deep desire to build a career in the industry.
Join me as I share my journey of taking risks, embracing new opportunities, and surrounding myself with a supportive community that helped me achieve my dreams.
For as long as I can remember, I’ve always had a passion for technology. I knew transitioning was a risky move, but I also knew that it was what I wanted, and I was determined to make it work.
Tech and More…
Shortly after leaving my media job, I joined MEST Africa’s Training Program, which lasted eight months. During this program, I was able to learn a lot about building a software company.
I wrote my first line of dart code, met business partners, and built lifelong friendships. I also teamed up with others to explore different viable business ideas and build three MVPs, which was a great experience.
It was during the MEST program that I met my co-founders, Somto, Poga, and Philip. Besides building tech solutions and businesses, we embarked on some exciting adventures like walking through the Nkofieho Caves and climbing Mount Afadjato. I had an amazing time through the ups and downs of it all. These experiences brought us closer together and helped us to develop stronger bonds.
We brainstormed ideas for our business, talked to teenagers and parents to validate our ideas, pitched our ideas to investors, and built our product — the Ubadi App. This was an amazing experience, and we learned a lot along the way. Finally, we started and incorporated Ubadi Technologies.
My journey into the tech industry hasn’t been easy, but it’s been worth it. I’ve learned the importance of taking risks, being open to new opportunities, and surrounding myself with like-minded individuals who can provide support and guidance. I’m excited about what the future holds, and I know that with determination, hard work, and the right mindset, anyone can achieve their dreams.
My team and I are excited to continue making a significant impact in the tech industry after successfully graduating from the MEST Training Program. MEST has been an amazing launchpad into our tech career and we are grateful for all the opportunities that keep coming our way as members of this vibrant community.
Thank you for taking the time to read my story, and I hope it has inspired you to pursue your dreams with passion and determination. Recruitment for the MEST Class of 2024 is ongoing, take a chance on yourself by applying for the program if you desire to build a career in tech and entrepreneurship.