Application Deadline: February 8th, 2019
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 programme 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.
- 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)
Final recruitment takes place in Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya, South Africa and Cote d’Ivoire.
Honesty is the best policy
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.
Fully funded program
The MEST program is fully funded, including free tuition, room and board, 3 meals per day and a small monthly stipend.
1 Application PeriodApplications open in the 3rd Quarter of each year and close in March the following year
2 InvitationQualified applicants will receive an invitation for a telephone interview with a member of the MEST team.
3 ScreeningApplicants who pass the telephone screening will be invited to take an online aptitude test.
4. Interview Process
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.
5 OffersOffers are sent out by the end of May each year.
6 Beginning of trainingTraining starts in August each year.
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