The MEST Incubator is looking for an incubator fellow for a 1-year assignment supporting software startups in Lagos, Nigeria. Our Incubator is home to over eight (and growing!) funded early stage technology startups, comprised of graduates from our award-winning training program that recruits exceptional talent from Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya, and South Africa (meltwater.org/seed-fund-incubator/ ).
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 world-class technology companies from Africa.
You will be supported by the team in Lagos, Ghana and San Francisco and report directly to the General Manager of the MEST Incubator in Lagos.
There are no easy answers to the challenges our founders face, and in many cases, we will be looking to you to help our teams define success and work towards that outcome. Are you up for the challenge? Come join us!
Skills & Requirements
WE'RE LOOKING FOR SOMEONE WHO IS
Experienced: You have at least 2-4 years experience in a financial/operational role at technology startups, or have a consulting background. You can quantify your success in helping teams put in place systems, processes and controls at each level of revenue/expenses as well as a strong knowledge of financial dynamics, regulatory requirements and presenting financial/non-financial KPIs.
Entrepreneurial: You have strong user acquisition instincts and can help a team market what they have built. You thrive in uncertain environments and possess the grit to do whatever it takes to make an early stage team successful.
Articulate: You are able to communicate clearly and convincingly with different stakeholders, including portfolio founders, MEST management, potential hires, and investors.
THIS IS WHAT YOU WILL BE WORKING ON
Work closely with a number of assigned portfolio companies to help scope and prioritise projects, understand user needs, and translate them into requirements. This is a hands-on role where you will be expected to roll up your sleeves and get your hands dirty.
Lead analysis of core metrics and KPIs including user engagement and retention.
Advise the team in other areas of business growth as needed (eg. user acquisition, recruitment) and connect them to resources that help them achieve their goals.
Liaise between company and incubator management. This will include making sure that reports and KPIs are reported accurately and on time.
NICE TO HAVE
While not strictly required, we’d be particularly excited if you:
Have an enviable Rolodex of warm relationships at numerous companies
Are familiar with or have a very active interest in how technology entrepreneurship is evolving in Africa or other fast-moving emerging markets.
Have a background in product management, digital marketing or sales.
Have experience in the following spaces: consumer mobile apps, e-commerce platforms, agriculture.
MEST MAKING WAVES & HEADLINES
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.
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.
About the company
Established in Ghana in 2008, MEST offers aspiring African entrepreneurs a fully sponsored a twelve month, intensive full-time program. Sourced from top graduates in Ghana, Nigeria & Kenya, 30+ of 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.