Meltwater Entrepreneurial Graduate-level Training Program for Africans (MEST) 2020/2021 (funded)

Deadline: February 7, 2020

Do you have what it takes to launch your own globally successful software company? Apply for the Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology (MEST) Training Program 2020/2021.

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.


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, including free tuition, room and board, 3 meals per day and a small monthly stipend.

Open to aspiring entrepreneurs from across the African continent;
Accepted candidates must be able to commit to spending a year in Accra, Ghana at the MEST training program starting August;
All participants must provide personal information that is true and accurate.

Other requirements

  • 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.

Selection Criteria

Successful applications have the following:

Passion: A deep passion for starting a software company
Experience: Entrepreneurial or corporate work experience
Education: A degree from a top university or Technical College (or equivalent experience).

Call for Application


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