Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology (MEST) is seeking candidates with a passion for teaching for a one-year assignment teaching and mentoring talented African entrepreneur’s software development fundamentals. We're looking for:
The African technology ecosystem is evolving at a blistering pace, and we’re looking for someone who is excited to dive into uncharted waters and help our teams write the playbook on how to build and scale worldclass technology companies from Africa.
This is a unique opportunity for you to be part of a team that is developing an unprecedented technology generation in Africa! Are you up for the challenge? Come and join us!
MEST MAKING WAVES & HEADLINES
● MEST entrepreneurs have developed solutions addressing local & global markets, received outside followon funding from global investors, and have gained admittance to top accelerator programs such as YCombinator, 500 Startups and TechStars.
● MEST entrepreneurs have also been selected by President Obama to represent at the U.S.Africa Leaders Summit in Washington, D.C. and have also been named Mandela Washington Fellows, a flagship program of Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI).
● MEST itself is regarded as “one of the largest private investments in Ghanaian economic development” by DFID and has received recognition from Forbes, AlJazeera, CNN, TechCrunch, Wall Street Journal, BBC, and MarketWatch. MEST was also recently recognized as Fast Company’s Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Africa.
● Corporate strategic partners include the likes of SAP, Samsung, Vodafone and Facebook’s internet.org — all of which have a shared interest in bolstering the emerging tech ecosystem in Africa as means to economic growth.
As a TECHNOLOGY TEACHING FELLOW, you have:
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Experience building scalable applications:
UX/UI Designer: Wireframing, Prototyping, Ideating, developing final designs using Photoshop/Illustrator, etc.
Back-End: Daily development of one of the popular full stack frameworks such as Ruby on Rails, Django, Meteor, Laravel, etc. Experience in both relational (PostgreSQL, MySQL, SQL Server, etc) and non-relational databases (MongoDB, Redis, etc). If you have BAAS experience, that’s a plus.
Mobile application developer. If you do native development with Java (Android) or Objective-C/Swift (iOS) that’s a plus.
Documentation and Testing
Ability to design and architect complex software programs, and maintain them over time.
Experience managing software projects and teams using project management tools.
You'll be working on:
At MEST, we concentrate on building scalable solutions in terms of both design and tech. Technologies range from programming languages, algorithms, databases, application frameworks to project management tools and development methodologies.
As a COMMUNICATION TEACHING FELLOW, you have:
You'll be working on:
As a BUSINESS TEACHING FELLOW, you have:
You'll be working on:
NICE TO HAVE for all our Teaching Fellows:
While not strictly required, we’d be particularly excited if you:
What's in it for you?
Competitive, comprehensive coverage
Team activities that focus on fitness
Global travel insurance
Well stocked kitchens
Global meetings in cool destinations
Founded in 2008, The Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology (MEST) is a training program, seed fund and incubator established by Meltwater with the goal of equipping high potential young Africans with the skills required to launch globally successful software companies, enabling them to create jobs and wealth locally to stimulate economic growth across the African economy.
Every year, aspiring entrepreneurs with a strong interest in technology & entrepreneurship from Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa, Kenya and Cote d'Ivoire apply and compete for 60 open spots at the program.
MEST entrepreneurs have developed solutions addressing local & global markets, received outside follow-on funding from global investors, and have gained admittance to top accelerator programs such as Y-Combinator, 500 Startups and TechStars.
Since its inception, MEST has invested over $15 million training 400+ individual entrepreneurs and over 40 tech companies have been launched via seed funding and mentorship from MEST.
Established in Ghana in 2008, MEST offers aspiring African entrepreneurs a fully sponsored twelve month, intensive full-time program. Sourced from Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya, South Africa and the Ivory Coast, these Entrepreneurs-In-Training (EITs) are selected each year and receive comprehensive training across the spectrum of skills required to build successful tech businesses, including computer programming, software development, product management, finance, marketing, sales and leadership best practices.
After completion of the program, the EITs have the opportunity to pitch a concept. Winning teams receive a seed round from the MEST Incubator to pursue their idea.