The search is on for the continent’s brightest ‘tecchies’ to take part in a one-year fully-funded scholarship program organised by Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology (MEST) Ghana.

Wisconsin students found out how to apply for the program and picked up top tips on training, mentorship and funding for tech start-ups at a free session organised in East Legon by the Student Entrepreneurship Lab (STEL). 

The session brought together students from Wisconsin International University College, University of Ghana and Radford University College, to discuss the scholarship program.

The students’ information session included talks by STEL's founder, Alexander Okereke, who encouraged the students to apply for the program. He shared his own experience of how the program has changed his life.

Digital marketer Henry Mascot showed students how to get 'MEST power'. Also present was Henry Kpano, MEST’s campus coordinator, who spoke about his latest MEST project EasyCrib. 

Obed Donkor, a 4th year Business Studies student at Wisconsin and artist, said: “It was a very nice experience. It enhanced my knowledge and gave me more insight of what I’m into as an entrepreneur”.

The MEST scholarship program is now accepting new Entrepreneurs-in-Training (EITs).

Thirty of these 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 completing the program, EITs have the opportunity to pitch a concept.

Winning teams receive a seed round from the MEST incubator to pursue their idea.

MEST is backed by The Meltwater Foundation, a not-for-profit arm of the Meltwater Group. Headquartered in San Francisco, Meltwater deals with online news and social media analytics.

STEL is a community of entrepreneurs whose aim is to empower and equip students and get them started on their entrepreneurial journey by offering training, mentorship and learning resources.

Applications are now open for the fully-funded MEST entrepreneurship program. Apply at http://meltwater.org/