Entrepreneurship

MEST Express Accelerator Program 2022 for Ghanaian Startups

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Ifeoma Chime

MEST Express Accelerator Program 2022: MEST, in partnership with the Mastercard Foundation has announced that applications are open for the next two cohorts of the MEST Express Accelerator program.

When is the Application Deadline:

16th January, 2022

Tell Me About MEST Express Accelerator Program:

The 20-week acceleration program, under the Mastercard Foundation’s Young Africa Works strategy, offers free training, mentorship, resources, and support to participating startups. At the end of the program, startups in each cohort will have the opportunity to participate in a pitching session where top-performing ventures will receive equity-free grant funding.

Which Fields are Eligible?

  • Funding & Investment readiness
  • Risk Management and Crisis Resilience
  • Product Management & Positioning
  • Business and Revenue Modelling
  • Sales & Customer Acquisition
  • Market Research & Competitive Analysis
  • Marketing & Brand awareness
  • Organizational Structuring

What Type of Scholarship is this?

Entrepreneurship

Who can apply for MEST Express Accelerator Program?

  • Early to growth stage Ghanaian startups
  • 1-3 years in operation
  • Technology or tech-enabled
  • $100k or less in funding
  • Proven problem-solution fit
  • Generating revenue
  • Can demonstrate traction
  • Any business model

Which Countries are Eligible?

Ghana

Where will Award be Taken?

The two cohorts will have a blend of virtual and in-person sessions. One cohort will take place in Accra, with in-person sessions held at the MEST campus. In an effort to make entrepreneurial training more accessible to startups across Ghana, the other cohort will take place in Tamale at the HOPin Academy.

How Many Scholarships will be Given?

Not specified

What is the Benefit of MEST Express Accelerator Program?

The acceleration program, under the Mastercard Foundation’s Young Africa Works strategy, offers free training, mentorship, resources, and support to participating startups. At the end of the program, startups in each cohort will have the opportunity to participate in a pitching session where top-performing ventures will receive equity-free grant funding.

Grant funding will be awarded to the top participant(s) in the cohort. Exact amounts will vary.

How Long will the Program Last?

20 weeks

How to Apply for MEST Express Accelerator Program:

Early-stage startups operating in Ghana are encouraged to apply for the upcoming accelerator program. Interested young entrepreneurs can access the application portal here.

Visit Award Webpage for Details

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