Launched in 2008, MEST Africa is a pan-African training program, seed fund, and incubator for technology entrepreneurs in Africa, providing critical skills training in software development, business, and communications.
MEST Africa opened its Incubator in Nairobi in October 2018 at Nairobi Garage has so far invested a combined US$1.1 million in 11 tech startups formed by graduates from its entrepreneurial training program.
Applications are open until February 7, 2020, for the 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.
The training is delivered by global experts and includes extensive hands-on project work, as well as mentorship from successful entrepreneurs, CEOs and other executives from Silicon Valley, Europe, and Africa.
What the MEST Africa program entails
The program culminates in an investor pitch for seed funding and the opportunity to grow a business out of one of the pan-African MEST incubators in Lagos, Accra, Cape Town, and Nairobi.
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.
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, bringing in the experiences and insights of internationally-recognized executives and successful entrepreneurs.
The course culminates in an investor pitch and the chance to receive seed funding and enter the MEST incubator.