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General Manager, MEST Incubator, Cape Town

  • Applications are considered on a rolling basis
  • Cape Town

Since its inception, the Meltwater Foundation has invested $20 million into the Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology, supporting aspiring African entrepreneurs through the training program and incubator. Over 350 individual entrepreneurs have graduated from the training program and over 30 tech companies have been launched via seed funding and mentorship from MEST.

While Accra, Ghana, will remain headquarters for the training program, MEST is forging a strong incubator network across Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya, Cote d’Ivoire and South Africa.

In Cape Town, we’re launching an exciting new incubator to accelerate the pace of South African startups scaling to the rest of the continent, and other African startups establishing teams in Cape Town.

We’re seeking a dynamic proven business builder to deliver growth support to our portfolio of 30+ startups, taking them from pre-MVP startups to great Pan-African companies. You will have ownership over the recruitment of Entrepreneur-In-Training candidates from South Africa as well as oversight over the partners and mentors we need in the market to make this happen (so a ready-to-go Rolodex in South Africa will be a huge plus) and work cross-functionally with other MEST operational units to drive the success of these companies.

You will also work closely with our Community Manager whose focus is to create and curate the right ecosystem around our startups for their success. Together you’ll be part of a team connecting the Africa tech ecosystem to Cape Town and Cape Town to Africa! #StrongerTogether

Work with great people

Ashwin Ravichandran
General Manager, MEST Incubator, Accra
Aaron Fu
Managing Director
Kamil Nabong
Senior Incubator Fellow
Tobi Lafinhan
Recruitment Manager
Neku Atawodi-Edun
General Manager, MEST Incubator, Lagos

Skills & Requirements

MEST Cape Town GM Duties & Responsibilities

Startup Support: Day-to-day contact and mentor, supporting 3-5 early stage startups in the MEST South Africa portfolio.

  • Required to have intimate knowledge of all aspects of the companies’ hurdles and growth. Advise on every stage of the startup lifecycle, from go-to-market strategy, customer acquisition, monetization, biz dev and beyond.
  • Set KPIs with the teams and closely track to ensure continual progression, revenue, user growth, etc., and compile monthly KPI reporting to MEST management team.
  • Oversee legal and compliance processes for portfolio companies.
  • Preparation and participation in quarterly board meetings with MEST management team.

Ambassador: Serve as the local ambassador and face of MEST in Cape Town (speaking opportunities at industry conferences and panels, press interviews as needed, and attending tech ecosystem events).

Partnerships: Pursue business development efforts and establish relationships across industries and sectors to source potential partners and sponsors for the incubator.

  • Continually build strong ties with relevant external stakeholders, including investors, corporates, banks, telcos, foundations, government, press and others in the local tech ecosystem

Building the Network: Along with the Cape Town Community Manager, encourage cohesiveness of the Incubator community through organizing social events, business development opportunities and continuing education workshops.

  • Assist with building out the design, culture, policies, practices, rituals of the Incubator to be the most effective working and meeting space for our entrepreneurs, team, and the wider community.

Great Place to Work

  • International Visa and Travel Expenses

  • Salary commensurate with experience

  • Healthcare

About the company

About MEST: MEST provides a 12-month Entrepreneur-in-Training (EIT) program, which infuses African tech enthusiasts with a combination of hard IT and practical business skills, equipping them to build successful commercial tech companies. At the end of the program, teams have the opportunity to pitch for funding and a seat at the MEST Incubator.

Victoria Jackson | Hiring Manager

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Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology

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