Training Program

MEST offers a graduate-level entrepreneurial training program led by experienced global mentors. It's open to aspiring entrepreneurs from across the African continent.

The MEST Training Program is a 12-month, full time, fully sponsored program in which the cohort – known as Entrepreneurs-in-Training (EITs) – complete a graduate-level course in software development, business and communications, with a focus on practical implementation.

The MEST program provides rigorous entrepreneurial training and extensive hands-on project work, designed to ensure EITs master industry-proven methodologies for developing startups. This coursework is supplemented by sector speaks and a series of guest lectures, bringing in the experiences and insights of internationally-recognized executives and successful entrepreneurs.

The course culminates in an investor pitch and the chance to receive seed funding and enter the MEST incubator.

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More than a training program

EITs gain hands-on experience, while engaging with renowned guests and members of the MEST community

Global Staff

Senior faculty bring years of entrepreneurial and industry experience, while global Training Program fellows offer specific expertise.

Hands-on Projects

EITs gain experience building, validating and pitching business ideas in a fail-safe environment. They do this 4 times throughout the year in what we call Capstones.

Guest Lectures

Training is supplemented by guest lectures from experienced entrepreneurs and internationally-recognized executives.

Full Support

MEST is a fully sponsored program. All EITs receive a full scholarship to attend the 1-year training.

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MEST @ 10

Our founder, staff, alumni and portfolio founders walk us through the MEST program and how it has evolved, as we look back over 10+ years on the continent.

Sample Curriculum

See topics EITs will learn during the 12-month program.


  • Core of software development + business fundamentals
  • Software + mobile app development life cycle, unit economics
  • MVP, go to market + customer acquisition strategy
  • NewCo Final Pitch
  • Capstone 1: Business model
  • Capstone 2: Understanding unit economics, live demo
  • Pre-incubation + investor pitch, CEO roundtables

Become an Entrepreneur-In-Training (EIT)

We're looking for ambitious, driven entrepreneurs with a strong desire to build a scalable software company. Do you have what it takes? 

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Want to learn more about how you can join MEST?

Reach out to our recruitment manager 


Tobi Lafinhan

Recruitment Manager

tobi@meltwater.org