MEST offers a 12-month, full time, fully sponsored training program in which Entrepreneurs in Training (EITs) develop key entrepreneurial skills in software development, business and communications. 

The program includes extensive hands-on project work, designed to ensure EITs master industry-proven methodologies for developing startups. This coursework is supplemented by a series of guest lectures, featuring the experiences and insights of internationally-recognized executives and successful entrepreneurs.

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

More than a training program

EITs gain hands-on experience, mentorship from successful global guests and members of the MEST community, and the chance to try several ideas and teams before selecting the business idea they want to pitch for investment

Global staff

Senior faculty bring 20+ years of entrepreneurial experience, while global teaching fellows offer specific experience and expertise

Hands-on project work

In addition to rigorous training, EITs gain experience building, validating and growing companies from the start, several times throughout the program

Guest lectures

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

Full support

MEST is a fully sponsored program, offering all EITs free meals, housing and a monthly stipend

Meet our Entrepreneurs-in-Training
The program
Sample curriculum

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

1st Quarter

Programming skills, core business content, how to pitch to investors

2nd Quarter

Software development life cycle, unit economics

3rd Quarter

Idea to prototype business plan, advanced technologies

4th Quarter

Pre-incubation & final investor pitch

Software development
Core Programming Languages
Scrum & Agile Development
Advanced Programming Languages
KPI’s, Web Analytics
Developing Algorithms
UI / UX and Web Development
Business & Entrepreneurship
Finance Accounting & Unit Economics
Global Communications
Strategy, Sales & Marketing
Pitching & investor requirements
Business Plan Development
Target Personas
Lean Startup Methodology
KPI’s and performance metrics
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Tobi Lafinhan

Recruitment Manager, MEST