The Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology (MEST Africa), renowned for its role in advancing tech entrepreneurship in Africa, is now welcoming applications for its Class of 2025. This initiative, a fully sponsored 12-month program based in Accra, is designed to empower emerging entrepreneurs by transforming their innovative ideas into successful startup businesses. The curriculum covers a broad range of topics including software development, market strategies, sales, UI/UX Design, and communication.
The program aims to prepare candidates to effectively pitch their startup ideas for funding and to launch businesses that address both local and global challenges through software technology. Participants will gain invaluable insights and guidance from industry leaders and international experts. This comprehensive training culminates in the opportunity for participants to secure seed funding and business incubation for their tech or software startups. MEST’s impact in the tech ecosystem is significant, having trained over 1000 entrepreneurs and funded more than 90 startups across Africa.
Emily Fiagbedzi, the Director of the MEST Training Program, emphasizes MEST’s commitment to empowering the next generation of African tech innovators. The Class of 2025 represents a critical step towards nurturing and advancing the brightest minds in the field, equipping them with the necessary skills and resources to drive meaningful change across the continent with their tech startups.
Eligible applicants should have a degree from a reputable University or Technical College or possess equivalent experience. A combination of entrepreneurial or corporate work experience and a strong passion for launching a software company in Africa are essential. Candidates should also possess outstanding soft skills, including leadership and effective communication abilities.
Key dates for applicants are as follows: the application deadline is March 18, 2024, with final interviews to be conducted in April and May 2024 across several African cities. The training program is set to commence in August 2024 in Accra, Ghana. For more information and to apply, visit here and here respectively.