Founded in Accra, Ghana in 2008, Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology (MEST), the brainchild of Jorn Lyseggen, is calling aspiring and established techies and entrepreneurs to join its next dynamic cohort of trainees, with the opportunity to become world-class software developers and receive funding for their tech start-ups by entering the fully sponsored year-long program in Accra, Ghana which begins in August 2017.
Recruiting from South Africa, Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya and Côte d’Ivoire is a deliberate move by MEST to create a pan-African network and curate a rich pool of talent and ideas.
MEST aims to increase the rate of entrepreneurship adoption amongst African youth, drive more external investment to the continent, and by 2018 launch Incubators in Johannesburg or Cape Town and Nairobi, in addition to the already launched incubators in Ghana and Nigeria. This is for all MEST-graduated entrepreneurs to have the option of returning to their home countries to build their companies.
Joining the program exposes the entrepreneurs to new and diverse cultures, builds them to become globally competitive, and makes them eligible to receive seed-funding of USD $50,000 – $100,000 from the Meltwater Foundation. Eligibility Criteria
Have deep passion to 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