Taking startups to the next level

MEST Express is an acceleration program focused on providing investment-readiness support to early and growth-stage startups in Ghana. It is designed to deliver hands-on business interventions that are focused on rapid practical application and observable business outcomes. The program works with founders to ensure their businesses are poised for growth and increased impact.

After 20 weeks of hands-on expert-led workshops and mentorship, startups in each cohort have the opportunity to participate in a pitching session where top-performing ventures receive equity-free grant funding.

How We Support:

Capital

Top-performing startups receive equity-free grant funding for sustained growth

Know-how

Learn & apply strategies focused on rapid application & tangible outcomes

Mentorship

Get mentorship from industry professionals and sector experts

Network access

Get access to our community of experts, investors and founders

Businesses We Support

  • Early to growth stage Ghanaian startups
  • 1-3 years in operation
  • Technology or tech-enabled 
  • $100k or less in funding
  • Proven problem-solution fit
  • Generating revenue
  • Can demonstrate traction
  • Any business model 

Program Focus Areas

  • Funding & Investment readiness
  • Risk Management and Crisis Resilience 
  • Product Management & Positioning
  • Business and Revenue Modelling 
  • Sales & Customer Acquisition
  • Market Research & Competitive Analysis
  • Marketing & Brand awareness
  • Organizational Structuring

A Startup’s Journey

  • Week 0 - Onboarding & Orientation

  • Week 1 - Needs Assessment

    Week 1 - Needs Assessment

  • Week 2 to 4 - Ongoing workshops

  • Week 5 - Mentor Matching

    Week 5 - Mentor Matching

  • Week 6 to 9 - Ongoing workshops

  • Week 10 - Midpoint debriefs

    Week 10 - Midpoint debriefs

  • Week 11 to 19 - Ongoing workshops

  • Week 20 - Retrospective & Final Exhibition

    Week 20 - Retrospective & Final Exhibition

Outcomes

$100K/yr

Grant Funding

30+

Startups Accelerated

11

Industries covered

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Frequently Asked Questions:

    • Fill out the application form on F6S (startups must create an account)
    • Startups shortlisted for the interview stage
    • Interviews are held with shortlisted startups
    • Offer letters sent to finalists
  • Applications open – 8th November, 2021
  • Applications close – 16th January, 2022
  • Program begins – 21st February, 2022
  • Program ends – 15th June, 2022

No, there are no application or participation fees.

The sessions will be held in person at the MEST campus as well as online. Participants are expected to attend all necessary sessions whether virtual or offline. COVID protocols will be strictly adhered to for the safety of all program participants.

Yes, every participating startup will be matched with a dedicated mentor for the duration of the program.

Ideally, yes. However, not all founders will have to participate in all sessions. Only the relevant parties are expected for each corresponding session. For instance, the marketing lead will be expected to participate in all sales and marketing-related sessions.

Yes, grant funding will be awarded to the top participant(s) in the cohort. Exact amounts will vary.

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Success Stories

“Our involvement in MEST Express exposed us to best practices in the tech industry. We had access to world-class experts in all areas of company building. At the end of the program, we had a clearer vision and a solid plan to get there.”

Paul Eshun, CEO of Bosea and Credify

“We applied for the program because we wanted to kickstart our journey towards taking our business to market. We saw the opportunity to fine-tune and implement various aspects of business development. We found a competent space to expand our knowledge and receive expert advice on business growth. The team valued the learning and networking which the MEST Express program provided.”

Esinam Yevu, Co-Founder & Communications Lead

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