Become an EIT
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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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 note 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.

We're looking for 100% commitment

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

Funded program

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

Deeper dive
The MEST Training Program overview

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

While diving deep into fundamental business and technology concepts, EITs complete 3 capstone projects per year, giving them the opportunity to test different roles, industries and teams in a fail safe environment. They form teams, come up with an idea, build and validate a product, acquire customers and pitch the idea in front of our board.

The year culminates in an investor pitch from each team, after which chosen companies will receive seed funding and enter the MEST Incubator.

Application Timeline

Application Period

Applications open in the 3rd quarter of each year and close in March the following year


Aptitude Test

Qualified applicants will be invited to take an online aptitude test.


Phone screening

Applicants who pass the test will receive an invitation for a telephone interview with a member of the MEST team.



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



Offers are sent out by the end of May each year.


Training Begins

The Training Program starts in August in Accra, Ghana each year.