Briefly about MEST
Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology (MEST) is a platform founded in Accra, Ghana in 2008 by Jorn Lyseggen, CEO of the Meltwater Group, a Norwegian serial entrepreneur and patent inventor. Meltwater Foundation strongly belief and is sets out to prove that a new generation of young, successful global software entrepreneurs can originate in Africa.
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The Training Program
The MEST program is fully funded, including free tuition, room and board, 3 meals per day and a small monthly stipend.
MEST offers a fully sponsored 12-month graduate-level entrepreneurial training in business, communications and software development, including extensive hands-on project work, culminating in a final pitch and the chance to receive seed funding.
The year-long training program provides Entrepreneurs-in-Training (EITs) with MBA-level entrepreneurship training in business, software development and communications.
While diving deep into fundamental business and technology concepts, EITs complete 3 Capstones per year – they form teams, come up with an idea, build and validate a product, attain customers and pitch the idea in front of our board.
The year culminates in a final exam in the form of an investor pitch, after which some companies will receive seed funding and enter the MEST Incubator.
Final recruitment takes place in Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya, South Africa and Cote d’Ivoire.
Applicants must have:
- A deep passion for starting a software company
- Entrepreneurial or corporate work experience
- A degree from a top University or Technical College (or equivalent experience)
- All participants must provide personal information that is true and accurate.
- Accepted candidates must be able to commit to spending a year in Accra, Ghana at the MEST training program starting August
Timeline & Procedure
- Applications open in the 3rd Quarter of each year and close in March the following year
- Qualified Applicants will receive an invitation for a phone interview with a member of the MEST team.
- Applicants who pass the telephone screening will be invited to take an online aptitude test.
- In-person group and individual interviews take place in South Africa in February; and in Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria and Cote d’Ivoire in May each year.
- Offers are sent out by the end of May each year.
- Training starts in August each year.