Do you have what it takes?

We’re looking for ambitious, driven entrepreneurs with a strong desire to build a scalable software company.

We recruit applicants with the following qualities

  • An entrepreneurial spirit and strong desire to start a company
  • Ability to communicate candidly and persuasively
  • Ability to work well in teams
  • Proven academic excellence
  • Demonstrated leadership abilities
  • Ability to meet goals and deadlines
  • Demonstrated personal drive, stamina, and self-motivation
  • Confidence and independent thinking
  • 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, communications and technical skills you’ll need to start and scale 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)

Frequently asked questions

While we accept applications from candidates based all over Africa, today group interviews are held in our five core countries: Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa, Kenya and Cote d’Ivoire. All program and travel costs for accepted EITs are covered by MEST.

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

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

  • Phase One

  • Application Period: Applications open in the 3rd quarter of each year and close in March the following year

  • Phase Two

    Phase Two

  • Skills Assessment Test: Qualified applicants will be invited to take an online skills assessment test.

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

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

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

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

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

  • Interviews: 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.

Learn more about the MEST Training Program

What is MEST Africa?

MEST is a Pan-African training program, seed fund, incubator and tech hub for entrepreneurs. Take a look inside MEST and hear from our founder, team and members from HQ in Accra, Ghana.

Want to learn more about how you can join MEST?

Reach out to our recruitment manager

Tabi Lafinhan

Recruitment Manager