(MEST) Africa’s Pan African Entrepreneurial Training program 2010 (Fully-funded)
MEST offers a graduate-level entrepreneurial training program led by experienced global mentors. It's open to aspiring entrepreneurs from across the African continent.
The MEST Training Program is a 12-month, full time, fully sponsored program in which the cohort – known as Entrepreneurs-in-Training (EITs) – complete a graduate-level course in software development, business and communications, with a focus on practical implementation.
The MEST program provides rigorous entrepreneurial training and extensive hands-on project work, designed to ensure EITs master industry-proven methodologies for developing startups. This coursework is supplemented by a series of guest lectures, bringing in the experiences and insights of internationally-recognized executives and successful entrepreneurs.
The course culminates in an investor pitch and the chance to receive seed funding and enter the MEST incubator.
We recruit applicants with the following qualities
An entrepreneurial spirit and a strong desire to start a company
Ability to communicate candidly and persuasively
Ability to work well in teams
Proven academic excellence
Demonstrated leadership abilities
Ability to meet goals and deadlines
Demonstrated personal drive, stamina, and self-motivation
Confidence and independent thinking
Excellent people skills
We're looking for business-oriented applicants who are interested in learning how to start a software company. While it's not a requirement to have previous coding experience, a strong interest in learning about technology is a must. We’ve designed the MEST programme to give you the business, communications and technical skills you’ll need to start and scale a successful company.
Successful applications have the following:
A deep passion for starting a software company
Entrepreneurial or corporate work experience
A degree from a top university or Technical College (or equivalent experience)
Final recruitment takes place in Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya, South Africa and Cote d'Ivoire.
The MEST program is fully funded, including free tuition, room and board, 3 meals per day and a small monthly stipend.
Honesty is the best policy
All participants must provide personal information that is true and accurate.
Accepted candidates must be able to commit to spending a year in Accra, Ghana at the MEST training program starting August.