MEST Training Program (Class of 2022) | Extension

MEST Africa, is happy to announce that the application period for its Training Program has been extended until Friday September 17th, 2021.

Due to the increasing uncertainty around COVID-19 and unconfirmed graduation dates for most Universities across West Africa this year, MEST has confirmed to start the new cohort for its core Training Program in January 2022.

The extension of the recruitment phase would enable MEST Africa to speak to more talents across the region as they find the next class of innovative technology entrepreneurs.

About the MEST Training Program

MEST offers a 12-month graduate-level training to aspiring entrepreneurs across the African continent.
The entrepreneurial training program in business, communications and software development includes extensive hands-on project work, culminating in a final pitch and the chance to receive seed investment and grow businesses.
The successful world-class training program is run with the help of an internationally recognized faculty. Our teaching fellows hail from some of the best universities around the world like Oxford, Stanford, Harvard, etc. We also offer our entrepreneurs-in-training (EITs) the opportunity to be mentored by real-life Entrepreneurs, CEOs and other executives from all over the world. Guest lectures have been executives of Uber, Facebook, Safaricom, Samsung, Interswitch, and many more.
Since inception in 2008, MEST has invested over $22m in training over 350 individual entrepreneurs and funded 60+ software companies across Africa. MEST entrepreneurs have developed solutions addressing local, regional and global markets, received follow-on funding from global investors, and gotten into top accelerator programs such as Y-combinator, 500 startups and TechStars.

As COVID-19 has changed the way organizations operate around the world, causing travel restrictions and moving many workplaces to adopt digital solutions, the Training Program for 2022 will focus on entrepreneurs who live in Ghana and Nigeria.

Important Dates

Applications close: 17th September, 2021
Program starts: January, 2022

Curriculum Overview

Building Sustainable Teams
Market Research
Product Development and Innovation
Revenue and Business Modeling
Branding and Communications
Marketing and Growth Hacking
Financial Management and Investments
Legal and Regulatory Compliance
Metrics and Measurements
Sales and Traction (achieving product/market fit)
Preparing for investments

Candidate Profile

A degree from a top university or Technical College or equivalent experience with at least two (2) years corporate and startup experience (preferred)
Deep skills in either communications, business or software development (from the onset or acquired during the Pre-Learning stage)
Young persons crazy about tech and entrepreneurship, and how to use technology to achieve business results
Should be ready to commit to a full residential program for a whole year
Disciplined, motivated self-starter who can work and deliver on assignments and projects – demonstrate this by completing the required Pre-Learning courses and MEST’s rigorous recruitment process
An entrepreneurial spirit and strong desire to start a company
Ability to communicate candidly and persuasively
Ability to work well in teams, proven academic or professional excellence
Demonstrated leadership abilities
Confident and independent thinking
Excellent people skills


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