MEST IS NOT JUST TRAINING PEOPLE; IT'S SHAPING THE

NEXT GENERATION OF SOFTWARE ENTREPRENEURS.

- Florence Toffa | MEST alumna

The MEST Training Program is an intensive 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 course culminates with an investor pitch, with the chance to receive seed funding and enter MEST’s portfolio for company incubation.

Not your average 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.

Learn more about the MEST Training Program

Talent is Everywhere, but Opportunity is not

The MEST Training Program journey cumulates with a final pitch. Take a look behind the scenes as the MEST Class of 2019 Entrepreneurs-In-Training put final touches to their pitch presentations. They pitched their companies to a board of investors for a chance to receive funding. In the end, $1.1M total was invested in 11 companies.

Sample Curriculum

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

  • Core of software development + business fundamentals

  • Capstone 1: Business model

    Capstone 1: Business model

  • Software + mobile app development life cycle, unit economics

  • Capstone 2: Understanding unit economics, live demo

    Capstone 2: Understanding unit economics, live demo

  • MVP, go to market + customer acquisition strategy

  • Pre-incubation + investor pitch, CEO roundtables

    Pre-incubation + investor pitch, CEO roundtables

  • NewCo Final Pitch

Software Development

Core Programming Languages

Scrum & Agile Development

Web Development

Mobile Development

Software Engineering

UI/UX

Business and Entrepreneurship

Finance

Communication

Business Strategy

Pitching & Investor Requirements

Business Modelling

Marketing

Lean Startup Methodoloy

Sales

Market Research

Leadership

Become an Entrepreneur-In-Training

Do you think you can be one of Africa’s most promising entrepreneurs? Every year, aspiring entrepreneurs with a strong interest in technology and entrepreneurship from across Africa apply for 60 open spots at our one year, fully sponsored, graduate-level training program in Accra, Ghana.