Overview

Donor: Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology (MEST)
Application procedure: Online Application
Donor base: United States
Reference number: -
Eligible applicants: Social Business
Deadline: ongoing

Financial details

Grant size: Medium - up to $1,000,000
Minimum grant size: 50.000$
Total available budget: -
Funding type: Grants, Other
Maximum grant size: 250.000$
Funding ratio: up to 100%

Sectors

  • Economic Development
  • Research, Technology & Innovation

Project Locations

  1. Africa

      Algeria, Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Western Sahara, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Description

1) Objective

MEST is an Africa-wide technology entrepreneur training program, internal seed fund, and network of hubs offering incubation for technology startups in Africa. For young aspiring and established African entrepreneurs, MEST Africa provides the skills, mindset, and experiences to build a globally successful tech company. Beyond tech and entrepreneurial skills training, MEST Africa provides a real-world advantage to entrepreneurs through funding, business incubation, and access to a global tech network.

Their internal seed fund gives investment of $50k to $250k in funding to help launch and scale these early-stage companies. In addition to funding, MEST offers 18 to 24-month incubation at the MEST hubs and access to the Africa-wide tech community. The MEST Training Program is an intensive 12-month, full-time, fully sponsored program in which the cohort – known as Entrepreneurs-in-Training (EITs) – complete a graduate-level course in software development, business, and communications, with a focus on practical implementation. The course culminates with an investor pitch, with the chance to receive seed funding and enter MEST’s portfolio for company incubation.

2) Eligibility

Aspiring entrepreneurs with a strong interest in technology and entrepreneurship from across Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya, South Africa and Cote D’ivoire  are eligible to apply. Applicants must: (1) have a desire to make a difference; (2) have a strong interest in technology and software and an entrepreneurial spirit; (3) have excellent people skills and strong interest in teamwork; and (4) have proven academic excellence.

3) Location

Actions must take place in Africa with a focus on Ghana.

4) Budget 

MEST offers $50,000-$250,000 seed funding to launch a start-up right after and mentoring and coaching from executives in a variety of global software companies. They have 60 places available each year.

5) Application

The application process is conducted online. Application period is all year round.

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