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MEST Express – MEST 2022

MEST Express is an acceleration program focused on providing investment-readiness support to early and growth-stage startups in Ghana. It is designed to deliver hands-on business interventions that are focused on rapid practical application and observable business outcomes. The program works with founders to ensure their businesses are poised for growth and increased impact.

After 20 weeks of hands-on expert-led workshops and mentorship, startups in each cohort have the opportunity to participate in a pitching session where top-performing ventures receive equity-free grant funding.

Businesses They Support

  • 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

Program Focus Areas

  • 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

Important dates for 2022 alpha cohort

  • Applications open – 8th November, 2021
  • Applications close – 16th January, 2022
  • Program begins – 21st February, 2022
  • Program ends – 15th June, 2022

 Benefits

  • Grant funding will be awarded to the top participant(s) in the cohort at the end of the program. Exact amounts will vary ; with seed funding between $50k-$250k
  • They also provide skills in Tech Entrepreneurship
  • They support early-stage startups to take off

 Eligibilities

  • Ghanaian citizen
  • 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

Eligible Regions: Ghana

How to Apply

  • Fill out the application form on F6S (startups must create an account)
  • Startups shortlisted for the interview stage
  • Interviews are held with shortlisted startups
  • Offer letters sent to finalists
  • There are no application or participation fees.

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Mark Griffith

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