Call for Applications : MEST Africa Training Program

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  • DEADLINE : March 18, 2024.

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Applications for the MEST Africa training program are now open. The MEST training program is a fully funded, one-year full-time entrepreneurial training program dedicated to African graduates. It will take place at the main MEST campus in Accra, Ghana. The deadline to apply is March 18, 2024.

During the MEST training program, candidates develop their skills and knowledge in software development, business, and communication while building viable businesses. The program culminates in a pitch to investors with the opportunity to receive seed funding and enter MEST’s portfolio for business incubation.

Since its inception in 2008, MEST has invested over $30 million in training over 2000 individual entrepreneurs and funded over 90 software companies across Africa. Its entrepreneurs have developed solutions for local, regional, and global markets, received additional funding from global investors, and joined leading acceleration programs such as Y Combinator, 500 Startups, and TechStars.

MEST Training Program Description

MEST is a 12-month training program dedicated to graduates across the African continent. The program includes in-depth hands-on project work, concluding with a final presentation and the opportunity to receive initial investment to grow one’s business.

The training program focuses on the following areas:

  • Fundamental programming languages
  • Web and Mobile Development
  • UI/UX (User Interface and User Experience)
  • Culture-focused team formation
  • Business and revenue modeling
  • Branding and communications
  • Market research
  • Product development and innovation
  • Marketing and Growth Hacking
  • Financial management and investments
  • Legal and regulatory compliance
  • Metrics and analytics
  • Sales and traction
  • Investment readiness
  • Leadership and team management

Amount and Benefits

The MEST Africa training program is fully funded and requires no financial payment. It is a full-time program that requires your availability to attend all classes and sessions.

Eligibility Criteria

The ideal candidate should possess the following criteria:

  1. A Bachelor’s or Master’s degree obtained from a leading university, or similar experience including at least two (2) years of business or startup experience (preferred).
  2. Advanced skills in communication, business, or software development areas.
  3. Aged 18 to 35 years, with a demonstrated passion for technology and entrepreneurship.
  4. Ready to commit to a full-time residential program of 12 months in Accra, Ghana.
  5. A disciplined, motivated, and self-directed individual capable of working effectively and completing tasks and projects.
  6. Effective communication skills.
  7. Proven teamwork skills, with demonstrated academic or professional excellence.
  8. Demonstrated leadership abilities.
  9. Confident and independent thinking, along with excellent interpersonal skills.

MEST Training Program Application Procedure

To apply for the MEST Africa training program, please follow these steps:

  1. Start by completing this online assessment. You will be required to submit your achievement proof in the application form.
  2. Next, take this Aptitude Test. Your score will be needed when filling out the application form.
  3. Finally, fill out the MEST Training Program Application Form.

For further inquiries and information regarding the MEST training program, please email [email protected].


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