The Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology (MEST) is calling South African techies and entrepreneurs to join its next dynamic cohort of trainees, with the opportunity to become a world-class class software developer and receive funding for tech startup by entering the year-long program in Accra, Ghana which begins in August 2017.
Founded in Accra, Ghana in 2008, MEST offers aspiring African entrepreneurs an intensive, fully sponsored twelve-month program, with comprehensive training across the spectrum of skills required to build successful tech businesses, including computer programming, software development, product management, finance, marketing, sales and leadership best practices.
After completion of the program, the entrepreneurs will have the opportunity to pitch a business concept. Winning teams receive seed funding of USD $50,000 – $100,000 from the Meltwater Foundation Incubator to pursue their idea.
Successful South African applicants will join others from Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya and Cote d’Ivoire, as MEST seeks to create a pan-African network and curate a rich pool of talent and ideas.
The programme is expanding its reach, having added on Cote d'Ivoire in November, and it plans to launch an incubator in either Johannesburg or Cape Town for the next round of MEST-graduated South African entrepreneurs to build a base and work on home soil.
All interested and eligible South Africans must:
- Have a deep passion build a globally successful software company
- Have several years entrepreneurial or corporate work experience
- Be able to commit spending a year in Accra, Ghana participating in the MEST training program starting August 2017