Meltwater is a software as a service solution and the world's first online media monitoring company. It is listed on the Euronext Growth Oslo. The company was founded in Oslo, Norway, by Jørn Lyseggen, in 2001 and is headquartered in San Francisco, California, with additional offices across Europe, North America, Asia/Pacific, Australia, and Africa. The company employs more than 1,600 people and has approximately 28,000 clients internationally.
The Meltwater Foundation, the non-profit arm of the company, started Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology in Accra, Ghana. MEST is a Pan-African training program, seed fund and incubator, founded by Jorn Lyseggen in 2008, to provide training, investment, and mentoring for aspiring technology entrepreneurs with the goal of creating globally successful companies that create wealth and jobs locally in Africa
The company was founded in 2001 as Magenta News by Jørn Lyseggen and Gard Haugen. The company's first product was a news clipping service that scanned 100,000 news sources to collect keywords of relevance to its business customers. The pair bootstrapped the company with $15,000 USD. In 2005, the company relocated its headquarters to San Francisco and changed its name to Meltwater News. In 2008, through the company's non-profit arm, the Meltwater Foundation, Lyseggen launched the Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology in Accra, Ghana to provide entrepreneurial, software and business training to its Entrepreneurs in Training.