This is an incredible opportunity for a seasoned entrepreneur, mentor and product leader to shape the next generation of African technology entrepreneurs.
This person will lead and manage the Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology (MEST) Training Program, in which Entrepreneurs-in-Training (EITs) apply from across Africa to come to Ghana as a 60-person cohort. They dive deep into practical skills training in business, software development and communications, with an ultimate goal of launching successful software startups which are fundable and compelling.
The Director of the Training Program will be required to drive an unparalleled EIT experience, leveraging our tried and tested curriculum, mixed with hands-on practical experience and mentorship as EITs develop into business leaders. This person will manage, and be supported by, global Training Program Fellows who bring diverse experience, as well as a large on-the-ground operations team.
Representing the Training Program, you will play a leadership role and act a vital member of the MEST Leadership Team. You will be responsible for managing the Training Program budget, and work closely with the Recruitment lead to shape our understanding of what constitutes a successful program candidate.
This person will also represent MEST in the wider African startup community, with a presence at local events, and will work to bring in experts and guests from across various industries to continually expose EITs to new ideas, skills and ways of thinking.
Evolve, develop and implement practical skills training curriculum for African entrepreneurs
Provide mentorship, guidance and feedback to EIT teams and individuals developing companies in Africa, particularly leveraging your areas of expertise
Provide leadership on a day to day basis for the Training Program and manage the performance of Training Program Fellows and operational staff to deliver on time and within budget
Promote and advocate for MEST externally and build a reputation to be best on the continent – specifically to contribute to a pipeline of potential funding sources, as well as guest lecturers and mentors, and engage in public speaking to promote the brand
Guide EITs in leadership, tech and business skills and act as a senior mentor throughout their time at MEST
Ensure KPIs are met, take corrective action where needed, update leadership team and propose changes which will continue to drive higher standards within the Training Program
Contribute to the MEST community by defining the EIT and Fellow experience, managing expectations and taking feedback on execution
10+ years experience as an educator or mentor in the technology space and/or as an entrepreneurship practitioner
10+ years as a business leader or startup founder, with significant experience working in major African markets
Experience leading and managing international teams, ideally within an educational/training space
Proven research ability and track record of thought leadership in the startup space and on the continent
International Visa and Travel Expenses
Salary commensurate with experience
MEST is a Pan-African Training Program, seed fund, startup incubator and African tech community, headquartered in Accra, Ghana. We offer a 1-year training program for skilled, aspiring tech entrepreneurs, led by a staff of internationally experienced training program fellows. Each year, we look for Africa’s top talent looking to begin their journey toward becoming globally successful software entrepreneurs.
Since its inception in 2008, MEST has invested over $20million in training nearly 400 individual entrepreneurs from across the continent, and invested in nearly 60 early stage software companies.
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.