What is MEST?
MEST is an Africa-wide technology entrepreneur training program, internal seed fund, and network of hubs offering incubation for technology startups in Africa. Founded in Ghana in 2008, MEST provides critical skills training, funding, and support in software development, business, and communications to Africa’s tech entrepreneurs. Hubs are located in Accra, Lagos, Cape Town, and Nairobi. Join us in providing opportunity to the next generation of world-class software entrepreneurs from Africa!
The Three MEST Pillars
Every year, aspiring entrepreneurs with a strong interest in technology and entrepreneurship from across Africa apply for 60 open spots at our one year, fully sponsored, graduate-level program in tech entrepreneurship in Accra, Ghana. They are a group of the continent’s most promising entrepreneurs, currently with representation from 16 countries and counting.
MEST has an internal seed fund and incubation for startups who successfully pitch to our board of experienced investors. The internal seed fund gives investement of $50k-$250k in funding to help launch and scale early stage companies. In addition to funding, MEST offers 18 to 24-month incubation at the MEST hubs and access to MEST’s Africa-wide tech community.
In Accra, Lagos, Nairobi, and Cape Town, MEST Hubs provide 60+ active portfolio companies incubation including on-the-ground support, mentorship and networking across the entire startup lifecycle. They also serve as ecosystem centers, with meeting spaces, resources, events and speakers, for MEST's Africa-wide and global tech community.
We're proud to partner with leading corporations, organizations and ecosystem players globally, who share our mission of supporting Africa's future tech leaders.
MEST's 60+ portfolio companies span across sectors and markets, but all investments have one thing in common: they're software companies tackling Africa's biggest problems, built by the continent's most promising entrepreneurs.
Become an Entrepreneur-In-Training
Do you think you can be one of Africa's most promising entrepreneurs? Every year, aspiring entrepreneurs with a strong interest in technology and entrepreneurship from across Africa apply for 60 open spots at our one year, fully sponsored, graduate-level training program in Accra, Ghana.Apply to become an EIT
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