The Accra-based Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology (MEST) has opened applications for its 2019 Entrepreneurial Training Program.
Business-oriented applicants who are interested in learning how to start a software and business oriented company can now apply to join the next cohort of aspiring Pan-African tech entrepreneurs for a 1-year training program fully sponsored with access to global mentors, and the chance to receive seed funding.
Talking about seed funding, seven African tech startups last week received a happiness investment of $700,000 (each receive $100,000) in funding by MEST as part of its 10th anniversary of investing in African tech startups. The funding round was announced for startups formed from its recently graduated 2018 training programme cohort after completing MEST’s 12-month training programme.
MEST which last month announced its class of 2019 has it as a tradition to call for application for a new training every 3rd Quarter of each year and close in March the following year. Applications are open until February 8, 2019 for the MEST Africa’s Entrepreneurial Training Program, which will offer successful applicants in-depth training and mentorship, access to a global network and the opportunity to build the next generation of global software companies.
Speaking on the training program, MEST managing director Aaron Fu said, “Our goal at MEST is to enable entrepreneurs in Africa to build scalable businesses – not just apps, one of the ways we look to do that is through the significant Pan-African diversity in our program, which offers our EITs a strong network and a deeper understanding of problems and markets across the continent, from day one.”
The MEST program 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 a series of guest lectures as well as mentorship from successful entrepreneurs, CEOs and other executives from Silicon Valley, Europe and Africa.
The training course culminates in an investor pitch and the chance to receive seed funding and enter the MEST incubator in Lagos, Accra, Cape Town and, soon, Nairobi.
As part of application requirements, prospective applicants must have a deep passion for starting a software company, entrepreneurial or corporate work experience and above all a degree from a top University or Technical College (or equivalent experience).
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