The MEST Training Program
This form is for only those who are based in South Africa and are able to attend physical interviews once selected for next stage interviews. 

MEST offers a 12-month graduate-level training to aspiring entrepreneurs across the African continent.
The entrepreneurial training program in business, communications and software development includes extensive hands-on project work, culminating in a final pitch and the chance to receive seed investment and grow businesses.
The successful world-class training program is run with the help of an internationally recognized faculty. We also offer our entrepreneurs-in-training (EITs) the opportunity to be mentored by real-life Entrepreneurs, CEOs and other executives from all over the world. Guest lectures have been with executives of Uber, Facebook, Safaricom, Samsung, Interswitch, and many more.
Since inception in 2008, MEST has invested over $28m in training over 500 individual entrepreneurs in our training program and funded 80+ software 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.
Important Dates

  • Applications from Ghana, Nigeria, and the rest of the continent have been extended to 25th April 2022
  • Applications from Senegal have been extended to 4th May 2022
  • Applications from Kenya have been extended to 9th May 2022
  • Applications from South Africa have been extended to 1st June 2022
  • Program starts: August 2022

Curriculum Overview

  • Building Sustainable Teams
  • Market Research
  • Product Development and Innovation
  • Revenue and Business Modeling
  • Branding and Communications
  • Marketing and Growth Hacking
  • Financial Management and Investments
  • Legal and Regulatory Compliance
  • Metrics and Measurements
  • Sales and Traction (achieving product/market fit)
  • Preparing for investments

Candidate Profile

  • A degree from a university or Technical College or equivalent experience with at least two (2) years corporate and startup experience (preferred)
  • Deep skills in either communications, business or software development
  • Young persons crazy about tech and entrepreneurship, and how to use technology to achieve business results
  • Should be ready to commit to a full residential program for a whole year
  • Disciplined, motivated self-starter who can work and deliver on assignments and projects - demonstrate this by completing the required Pre-Learning courses and MEST’s rigorous recruitment process
  • An entrepreneurial spirit and strong desire to start a company
  • Ability to communicate candidly and persuasively
  • Ability to work well in teams, proven academic or professional excellence
  • Demonstrated leadership abilities
  • Confident and independent thinking
  • Excellent people skills

Application steps
Step 1. Complete the two pre-learning courses:
Enterprise Design Thinking Practitioner
Note:  On completion of this course on the IBM Digital Nation Africa portal, you will be guided to create an account on Once this is done, the badge earned from the course will be automatically posted on to Acclaim. You can grab your profile link by clicking on the profile icon and selecting 'view my profile'.
Understand the Basics of Code
Note: On completion of this course, kindly screenshot the course completion success page or the achievement status for successfully completing the course which you would upload in the application form.
Kindly complete these courses before you fill in the application form.

Step 2. Take an Aptitude Test
You are required to take the Aptitude Test as your score will be requested when filling your application form and will determine your move to the next stage. Please follow this link to take the test.

Step 3. Complete the MEST Training Program Application Form
Create an account on submittable to be able to access the form. All assessments and the application form must be completed and submitted by the deadline. Selected candidates will be contacted for individual and group interviews.

Frequently Asked Questions
How much does this program cost?

  • The MEST Training Program is fully-sponsored and requires no financial payments to MEST. This is a full-time program that requires you to be available to attend all classes and sessions.

Where will the training take place?

  • The training program will take place in Accra, Ghana.

Who qualifies for this program?

  • The program is targeted at aspiring software entrepreneurs between the ages of 18-35, who want to build tech startups that solve global issues in Africa.

Do I need to have any previous software development experience to be considered for the program?

  • No, you don’t need prior experience in software development to qualify for the program. You should have a genuine interest in business and technology and be ready to fully commit to the program. All necessary skills you need prior to the start of the program will be communicated to you in due course.

Is this open to only Ghanaians or Nigerians?

  • No, this program is open to people of African nationality or citizenship who meet all the application requirements and will be able to attend physical interviews in  Accra, Lagos, Dakar, Nairobi, and Johannesburg.

If I don’t complete the prerequisite courses because of the lack of a laptop/computer or internet challenges, will I lose the chance of being selected into the program?

  • All prescribed courses are mandatory for your candidacy for the program. You will need to finish the courses and take the aptitude test before you fill in the application form.

I have applied but haven’t heard back on my application.

  • Application to the program has a deadline. The MEST Recruitment team will get in touch with you once the application window closes and selection of final candidates is completed. Please hold on until the application period is over to hear back from us. A
  • If you do not hear back before the program start date, you should consider your application unsuccessful.

I do not have any software development skills at all, how can I complete the courses before I start my application?

  • The courses you are to complete as part of the application process are self-taught and very easy to complete. You can go through them yourself, with adequate focus and determination.

What happens next if I am selected to move onto the next stage?

  •  You will be invited for a phone interview
  •  If successful in phone interview, you will attend an in-person group interview & individual interview in Johannesburg.
  • You will receive an offer if selected.

If you have any questions, please send an email to:

MEST Africa