Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology wants to help you actualise your desire to build a company at its 2020 programme.

The MEST Training Program is a 12-month, full-time, fully sponsored program in which the cohort – known as Entrepreneurs-in-Training (EITs) – complete a graduate-level course in software development, business and communications, with a focus on practical implementation.

MEST Training Programme 2020 provides rigorous entrepreneurial training and extensive hands-on project work, designed to ensure EITs master industry-proven methodologies for developing startups. This coursework is supplemented by sector speaks and a series of guest lectures, bringing in the experiences and insights of internationally-recognised executives and successful entrepreneurs.

The course culminates in an investor pitch and the chance to receive seed funding and enter the MEST incubator. Although MEST is looking for ambitious, driven entrepreneurs with a strong desire to build a scalable software company, consideration will be given to applicants with the following qualities:

  • An entrepreneurial spirit and a strong desire to start a company
  • Ability to communicate candidly and persuasively
  • Ability to work well in teams
  • Proven academic excellence
  • Demonstrated leadership abilities
  • Ability to meet goals and deadlines
  • Demonstrated personal drive, stamina, and self-motivation
  • Confidence and independent thinking
  • Excellent people skills

Application Timeline

The MEST Training Programme 2020 is divided into two phases. Details on the picture below:

MEST Training Programme 2020
Source: MEST official website


Applications selected will receive the following :

Global Staff: senior faculty bring years of entrepreneurial and industry experience, while global training program fellows offer specific expertise.

Hands-on Projects: EITs gain experience building, validating and pitching business ideas in a fail-safe environment. They do this 4 times throughout the year in what we call Capstones.

Guest Lectures: training is supplemented by guest lectures from experienced entrepreneurs and internationally-recognised executives.

Full Support: MEST is a fully sponsored program. All EITs receive a full scholarship to attend the 1-year training.

Other benefits include:

  • Free tuition
  • 3 square-meals daily
  • a small monthly stipend
  • Fully funded programme
  • A chance to get seed funding and enter the MEST Incubator

How to apply

All interested budding entrepreneurs from across Africa are invited to begin their application process via the online platform. Deadline is on Friday, February 7, 2020.

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