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Applications the MEST Class of 2020 now open

by Milicent Atieno
MEST Class of 2020

Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology (MEST) is a pan-African training program that seeks to incubate and facilitate seed funding to tech entrepreneurs from across Africa. The program aims to impart entrepreneurial skills to software developers so that they can exploit as much as possible the commercial application of their development.

The program is yet again calling tech entrepreneurs to apply to the MEST Class of 2020 in order to stand a chance to win a one-year, fully-sponsored entrepreneurial training program set to be held in Accra, Ghana.

Interested entrepreneurs have until Feb 8, 2019, to apply for the MEST Class of 2020. The announcement of the successful entrepreneurs will be made after the window of application is closed, and the judges made their selection.

The successful applicants will then embark on an in-depth training and mentorship program, which will also see them get access to a global network of professionals and opportunities. All efforts by the program will be directed towards making the individual entrepreneurs grow into a global software company.

The training courses will be led by global experts and will be a hands-on project work. The mentorship program has roped in successful entrepreneurs, CEOS, other top executives from across Africa, the Silicon Valley, and Europe.

The program will culminate in a pitch day, where the participating entrepreneurs will get to present their ideas, products, and businesses before a room full of investors. The most promising entrepreneurs will undoubtedly secure seed funding and a network that will see their venture grow out of one of the pan-African MEST incubators in Accra, Lagos, Cape Town, and soon Nairobi.

Our goal at MEST is to enable entrepreneurs in Africa to build scalable businesses – not just apps,” said Aaron Fu, the Managing Director of MEST.

One of the ways we look to do that is through the significant pan-African diversity in our program, which offers our EITs strong network and a deeper understanding of problems and markets across the continent, from day one.

Alumni of the MEST program include Anitrack, Qisimah, Kudobuzz, MeQasa, and Amplify.

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