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Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology (MEST) Africa Entrepreneurial Training Program 2024 for young African Entrepreneurs (Fully Sponsored)

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Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology (MEST) Africa Entrepreneurial Training Program 2024 for young African Entrepreneurs (Fully Sponsored)

Deadline for application: February 26, 2023

MEST Africa is pleased to announce that applications are open for the MEST Training Program, Class of 2024! Get access to a world-class education at Software development, Business and communication skills. of MEST Africa 12 month training program. Apply now to be part of the next class of innovative tech entrepreneurs!

MEST has confirmed that it will start the new cohort for its core Training Program in August 2023. open applications December 12, 2022 And near February 26, 2023.

MEST Training Program

MEST offers a 12-month postgraduate level training for aspiring entrepreneurs across the African continent.

The business training program in business, communications and software development includes extensive hands-on project work, culminating in a final launch and the opportunity to receive initial investment and grow the business.

The successful world-class training program is carried out with the help of an internationally recognized faculty. Our teaching fellows come from some of the best universities in the world. MEST also offers Entrepreneurs-in-Training (EITs) the opportunity to be mentored by real-life entrepreneurs, CEOs and other executives from around the world. Guest speakers have been executives from Uber, Facebook, Safaricom, Samsung, Interswitch and many more.

Since its inception in 2008, MEST has invested more than $25 million in training more than 1,000 individual entrepreneurs and has financed more than 80 software companies across Africa. MEST entrepreneurs have developed solutions that address local, regional, and global markets, received follow-up funding from global investors, and been onboarded with major accelerator programs such as Y Combinator, 500 Startups, and TechStars.

Candidate profile

  • A degree from one of the top universities or technical colleges or equivalent experience with at least two (2) years of corporate and startup experience (preferred)
  • In-depth skills in communications, business, or software development (from inception or acquired during the pre-learning stage)
  • Young people passionate about technology and entrepreneurship, and how to use technology to achieve business results
  • You must be ready to commit to a full year-long residential program.
  • Disciplined and motivated entrepreneur who can work and accomplish tasks and projects; prove it by completing the required pre-apprenticeship courses and MEST’s rigorous hiring process.
  • Entrepreneurial spirit and strong desire to start a company.
  • Ability to communicate frankly and persuasively.
  • Ability to work well in a team, proven academic or professional excellence.
  • Demonstrated leadership skills
  • Safe and independent thinking.
  • Excellent people skills


  • The MEST Training Program is a fully sponsored, full-time, intensive 12-month program in which the cohort, known as Entrepreneurs-in-Training (EIT), completes a postgraduate course in software development, business and communications, with a focus on practical implementation.
  • The course culminates with an investor speech, with the possibility of receiving seed financing and entering the MEST portfolio for business incubation.

Sample Curriculum

  • Basic programming languages
  • Web and Mobile Development
  • user interface/user experience
  • Culture-Driven Team Building
  • Business and revenue modeling
  • Brand and Communications
  • Market research
  • Product development and innovation
  • Marketing and Growth Hacking
  • Financial Management and Investments
  • Legal and regulatory compliance
  • Metrics and Measurements
  • Sales and Traction
  • Preparing for investments

Important dates

  • Applications close: February 26, 2023
  • The program starts: August 2023

How to apply

Complete these pre-learning courses:

  1. Business Design Thinking Practitioner
  2. Understand code basics

Note: Upon completion of your first course on the IBM Digital Nation Africa portal, you will be guided to create an account on tuacclaim.com. Once this is done, your badge will be automatically published to Acclaim. You can get your profile link by clicking on the profile icon and selecting ‘look my profile’.

Kindly note that you need to finish these courses, please submit your profile link and upload your certificate before the application deadline.

Take an aptitude test

You need to take the aptitude test as your score will be requested when completing your application form and it will determine your move to the next stage.

For more information:

Visit the official website of the MEST Africa Entrepreneurship Training Program 2024

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