Seed Fund & Incubator

MEST Training Program graduates who successfully convince our board during their final pitch will receive seed funding and enter our Pan-African network of incubators as they set up, launch and scale their businesses.

Pan-African MEST Incubators

MEST provides seed funding and a space in our Pan-African incubator network, to foster the growth and success of our graduated entrepreneurs. The incubator supports our overall mission and provides working space, hands-on support, resources and a vibrant community to help our portfolio companies succeed. Its inception was driven in part by the limited access to seed stage capital and to mentorship opportunities with seasoned entrepreneurs for software startups on the continent.

The expanding MEST network will offer entrepreneurs looking to grow their market across the continent with resources and connections in several major African cities. To date, MEST has invested in over 50 startups across industries from SaaS and consumer internet, to eCommerce, Digital Media, Agritech, Fintech and Healthcare IT.

An Entrepreneur's Journey

The MEST Incubator offers hands-on support to bring very early stage startups from launch to scale. Here's a look at a typical journey for an entrepreneur in the MEST incubator:


Months 0-6
  • Onboarding, product development deep dive, legal training
  • Market traction, marketing strategy
  • Developing sales pipeline; beta launch
  • Bespoke accelerators focused on elements including product and sales, are offered to portfolio companies specific to company needs
Months 7-18
  • Sales accelerator, growth strategy, implementing customer feedback
  • Hiring + growth, product iteration, investor readiness
  • Preparing for success: we work with companies on achieving next round of funding or exit, leveraging investor and ecosystem partners

Learn more about the MEST portfolio

Interested in partnering with MEST? Are you an investor who wants to learn more about our portfolio? Contact our team to explore opportunities.


Ashwin Ravichandran

Managing Director

ashwin@meltwater.org