The MEST Training Program

Begin the process of applying to become an Entrepreneur-in-Training (EIT) at MEST by following the steps below:

  1. First, take the Discover MEST Test.
  2. Then complete the Application Form.
  3. Shortlisted candidates are invited to take the Aptitude Test.
  4. Successful candidates are invited for the telephone interview.
  5. Shortlisted candidates are invited for in-person group interview.
  6. Finalists are invited for an in-person one-on-one interview.

MEST calls all aspiring African Tech Entrepreneurs!

We offer fully-sponsored, intensive, one year tech entrepreneurship training + $50-$100K seed funding to launch your startup right after!

Every year, aspiring entrepreneurs with a strong interest in technology and entrepreneurship from across Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya, South Africa and Cote D’ivoire apply and compete for only 60 open spots for one of the world’s top startup training and Incubator Programs – MEST.

Since MEST’s inception, we have invested over $20million in training 400+ individual entrepreneurs and 25+ high technology companies across Africa. Our entrepreneurs have developed solutions addressing local and global markets, received outside follow-on funding from global investors, and gained admittance to top accelerator programs such as Y-Combinator, 500 Startups and TechStars.

Admissions Timeline – Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya, South Africa, Cote D’ivoire

1) Application Period

All year round

2) In-person Interviews

Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Cote D’ivoire : June each year

3) Offers Sent Out

By end of July each year

4) Training Starts

September each year

“As an Entrepreneur-in-Training at MEST, my knowledge base, emotional intelligence and critical thinking skills significantly improved. I came to MEST expecting to learn about software, business, communication and running a global software business but I came out with so much – great friends and relationships, a strong network and memorable experiences that are priceless. Attending MEST has been one of the best decisions I’ve made.”

Priscilla Anowa Hazel, MEST graduate, Y-Combinator Fellow and CEO, Tress App

What MEST Offers

  • A 12 month fully sponsored world class training in global commercial software development
  • Access to seed funding for your startup upon the completion of the 12 month program
  • Substantial hands on training in software development
  • A unique opportunity to launch and grow your tech company with access to global markets
  • Mentoring and coaching from executives in a variety of global software companies
  • Significant personal and professional growth and exciting career potential
  • Numerous chances to solve real life business problems with innovative solutions
  • Housing, monthly stipend, tuition and meals all covered by MEST.
  • Round trip tickets to & from Ghana
  • Incubation facilities & $50-100K Seed fund for your startup
   Application Recruirements
  1. Applicants must have a deep passion to start a software company
  2. Have entrepreneurial and or corporate work experience
  3. Be between 18 and 30 years old
  4. Can commit a year in Accra, Ghana participating in the training program starting September 2017
  5. A completely-filled online questionnaire
  6. Uploads:
    1. Photo
    2. CV
  7. Applicants from Nigeria must have completed their NYSC
Start your application to MEST here.

Qualities We Look For

  1. A desire to make a difference
  2. A strong interest in technology and software
  3. An entrepreneurial spirit
  4. Demonstrated personal drive, stamina, and self motivation, as well as the ability to meet goals and deadlines
  5. Confidence and independent thinking
  6. Excellent people skills
  7. Strong interest in teamwork
  8. The ability to communicate candidly and persuasively
  9. Proven academic excellence

“Being a MEST EIT has given me the skills and the confidence to create solutions to real problems. I love the fact that the things we are taught are immediately applicable to real life situations. If you want to grow into a seasoned entrepreneur who makes things happen, consider applying to MEST!”

Lady-O Hammond, MEST graduate and CEO, Ampersand LLC

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Interested in applying to MEST? Take the Discover MEST test to find out if MEST is a good fit for you. PS: Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

For further information, please send your questions to:

Amma Baffoe

Head of Recruitment, MEST

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Kelechi Udoagwu

Head of Communications, MEST

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