The Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology (MEST) Training Program is the launching point for tomorrow’s globally successful tech entrepreneurs. We’re looking for an experienced leader who can help us shape the future of tech on the African continent.
Since 2008, MEST has trained over 400 aspiring entrepreneurs from Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya, South Africa and Cote d’Ivoire in tech, business and communications. We’ve welcomed expertise from 50+ fellows from across the world, invested in over 40 seed-stage startups, and now we’re scaling up alongside our portfolio, as the first truly Pan-African community of our kind.
We offer a competitive, 1-year fully sponsored training program for aspiring African entrepreneurs, after which the Entrepreneurs-in-Training (EITs) pitch for the chance to receive funding and enter our Pan-African network of incubators. Senior Faculty is the backbone of the training program - crafting curriculum, leading a team of mentors and working closely alongside each and every entrepreneur to ensure they’re ready to launch a successful business upon graduation.
This experienced professional has significant business and technology acumen, ideally experience building his or her own tech startups and the ability to excel in a classroom environment with a substantial practical application and consistent adaptation to expose the EITs to new ideas, new technology and new innovators.
WHAT YOU’LL GAIN
A truly unique experience shaping tomorrow’s future African leaders
The chance to have a significant impact on job creation and development across the continent
The opportunity to work with a truly global team, with connections in Silicon Valley, London, Hong Kong and across Africa
The opportunity to hear from and contribute to our incredible cast of guest lectures and MEST visitors, including global entrepreneurs, investors and leaders in the tech world
Access to a rapidly growing, truly Pan-African community
Experience running your own company, product or geography is preferred
A significant understanding of overall startup operations
Understanding of venture capital and seed investment models and best practices
Keen interest and knowledge of technology and emerging business models
Experience working in a classroom setting
Ability to practically apply core business concepts and theories
Understanding of lean startup and agile methodology
Familiarity with core programming languages, mobile app development
Ability to work very well with a global, distributed team
The desire to live and work in West Africa
Work with Founder, Managing Director and Incubator staff to develop innovative entrepreneurial curriculum in business, technology and communications
Lead programming and day to day operations for Training Program
Be the voice of the MEST Training Program on the ground in Accra, on the management team and internationally
Lead and manage a team of 5-6 global teaching fellows
Work with Recruitment Lead to recruit the incoming cohort of EITs from across the continent and annual teaching fellows from across the world
Mentor and advise EITs on all elements of business and personal development, throughout classroom hours and four Capstone product cycles
Work closely with teams formed during the year on innovative ideation, validation, sales pipeline and investment pitches
Develop core KPIs and metrics to measure and report progress of individual entrepreneurs and teams
Bring sector experts, guest speakers, entrepreneurs and investors from the wider community into MEST to share their stories with EITs
Constantly look for new and creative ways to inspire EITs, and to bridge the gap between entrepreneurs in the MEST Incubator and the Training Program
Engage with the tech and startup community in Accra, and represent the MEST Training Program on a Pan-African scale, through participation in relevant events, conferences, panels, discussions and information sessions
International Visa and Travel Expenses
Salary commensurate with experience
MEST is a Pan-African training program, seed fund & incubator, headquartered in Accra, Ghana. Each year, we look for Africa’s top talent looking to begin their journey toward becoming globally successful software entrepreneurs.
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.