Are you in
Do you have what it takes?

We're looking for ambitious, driven entrepreneurs looking to build the next generation of globally successful software companies.

We recruit applicants with the following qualities:

An entrepreneurial spirit and strong desire to start a company

Demonstrated personal drive, stamina, and self-motivation

Ability to meet goals and deadlines

Ability to work well in teams

Ability to communicate candidly and persuasively

Confidence and independent thinking

Demonstrated leadership abilities

Proven academic excellence

Excellent people skills

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Have you got what it takes? If so, apply now!

*Applications in South Africa close in February 2018 for August 2018 intake

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Application Requirements

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 and technical skills you’ll need to start 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)

Important Points
Please ensure the following

Recruitment locations

Final recruitment takes place in Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya, South Africa and Cote d'Ivoire.

Honesty is the best policy

All participants must provide personal information that is true and accurate.

100% Commitment

Accepted candidates must be able to commit to spending a year in Accra, Ghana at the MEST training program starting August.

Fully funded program

The MEST program is fully funded, including free tuition, room and board, 3 meals per day and a small monthly stipend.

MEST Training program at a glance

The year-long training programme provides Entrepreneurs-in-Training (EITs) with MBA-level entrepreneurship training in business, software development and communications.

While diving deep into fundamental business and technology concepts, EITs complete 3 Capstones per year - they form teams, come up with an idea, build and validate a product, attain customers and pitch the idea in front of our board.

The year culminates in a final exam in the form of an investor pitch, after which some companies will receive seed funding and enter the MEST Incubator.

Application Timeline

Application Period

Applications are accepted online year-round. Applications for the August intake close in May*, after which they open for the following intake.



Qualified applicants will receive an invitation for a telephone interview with a member of the MEST team.



Applicants who pass the telephone screening will be invited to sit for a written exam in the nearest test center in their home country.


Interview Process

In-person group and individual interviews take place in South Africa in February; and in Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria and Cote d’Ivoire in May and June each year.



Offers are sent out by end of July each year.


Beginning of training

Training starts in August each year.

Take the test
Have you got what it takes? If so, apply now!

*Applications in South Africa close in February 2018 for August 2018 intake

Apply now