MEST Entrepreneurs-in-Training Program 2017


Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology (MEST) is calling techies and entrepreneurs from Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya, South Africa & Ivory Coast to join its next dynamic cohort of trainees, with the opportunity to become world-class software developers and receive funding for their tech startups by entering the fully sponsored year-long program in Accra, Ghana which begins August 2017.

Joining the program exposes the entrepreneurs to new and diverse cultures, builds them to become globally competitive, and makes them eligible to receive seed-funding of USD $50,000 – $100,000 from the Meltwater Foundation.

Recruiting from South Africa, in addition to Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya and Cote D’ivoire is a deliberate move by MEST to create a pan-African network and curate a rich pool of talent and ideas. MEST aims to increase the rate of entrepreneurship adoption amongst African youth, drive more external investment to the continent, and in 2018 launch an Incubator in Johannesburg or Cape Town for MEST-graduated South African entrepreneurs to build a base and work on home soil.

The entrepreneurs-in-training (EITs) who are accepted into MEST also receive perks that allow them to focus 100% on building globally successful software companies: housing accommodation for a year in Ghana, three meals a day, and a small monthly stipend.

All interested and eligible applicants must:
– Have deep passion to build a globally successful software company
– Have several years entrepreneurial or corporate work experience
– Be able to commit spending a year in Accra, Ghana participating in the MEST training program starting August 2017 

Think you’re a perfect fit for MEST or know someone who is? Start the application process HERE or contact Please note that the application deadline is March 10th, 2017 for South Africa and May 10th, 2017 for Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya and Ivory Coast.


May 10, 2017
Program dates Aug 1, 2017 - Aug 1, 2018
OrganizerMEST Africa
Website Visit website
Targets Côte d'Ivoire, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa
Sectors Computer software, E-commerce, EdTech, Financial services, HealthTech, Internet, Mobile, Telecom



    • Profile picture of Jimmy Wafula
      Jimmy Wafula posted an update on the Acceleration Program page MEST Entrepreneurs-in-Training Program 2017.

      How I wish this MEST program could be extended to Uganda next year. U will be surprised at how much potential is in this country. I am an entrepreneur as well and think this could highly improve all tech startups in Uganda