MEST Entrepreneurs in Training (EITs)

Application deadline; February 2nd, 2018:


MEST offers a fully sponsored 12-month graduate-level entrepreneurial training in business, communications and software development, including extensive hands-on project work, culminating in a final pitch and the chance to receive seed funding.

We provide world-class training with the help of an internationally recognized faculty who each bring more than 20 years of experience in the software business in the United States, Europe, or Asia.

Our teaching fellows hail from some of the best universities around the world like Oxford, Stanford, Harvard etc. We also offer our entrepreneurs-in-training the opportunity to be mentored by real life entrepreneurs, CEO’s and other executives from all over Silicon Valley and Europe via our Guest Lecture Series. These lectures have featured executives of Uber, Facebook, Safaricom, Samsung, Interswitch, and many more.

Since inception, we have invested over $20million in training over 400 individual entrepreneurs and 25+ high technology companies across Africa.

MEST entrepreneurs have developed solutions addressing local, regional and global markets, received follow-on funding from global investors, and gotten into top accelerator programs such as Y-combinator, 500 startups and TechStars.

Application Requirements

We’re looking for business-oriented applicants who are interested in learning how to start a software company. While it’s not a requirement to have previous coding experience, a strong interest in learning about technology is a must.. We’ve designed the MEST programme to give you the business and technical skills you’ll need to start a successful company.

Successful applications have the following:

A deep passion for starting a software company

Entrepreneurial or corporate work experience

A degree from a top University or Technical College (or equivalent experience)

Visit the official homepage here to apply for 2018 intake.

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