MEST Africa

The Pan-African training program, seed fund and incubator for tech entrepreneurs


Founded in 2008 by the Meltwater Foundation, MEST Africa is a Pan-African training program, seed fund and incubator, with a goal of equipping the continent’s most promising tech entrepreneurs with the skills required to launch and scale globally successful software companies.

Every year, aspiring entrepreneurs with a strong interest in technology and entrepreneurship from across Africa apply and compete for 60 open spots at the fully sponsored 1-year training program in Accra, Ghana, where they receive access to intensive training, expert mentorship and the largest network of tech startups on the continent.

MEST entrepreneurs have developed solutions addressing local & global markets, received external follow-on funding from global investors, and have gained admittance to top accelerator programs such as Y-Combinator, 500 Startups and TechStars.

Since its inception, MEST has invested over $20million into training 400+ individual entrepreneurs and invested in over 50 early stage tech startups.

MEST Africa

MEST Africa


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Location Accra, Ghana
Targets Côte d'Ivoire, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa
Sectors Agritech, Computer software, EdTech, Fintech, HealthTech, Mobile, Software as a Service