Phase 1: Training
Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology (MEST) is a highly competitive two-year training program for ambitious graduates with an interest in technology and a desire to start their own companies.
Entrepreneurs in training (EITs) attend lectures and labs in Product Development and Technology and complete assigned readings. The bulk of the work is demonstrated through monthly software project assignments.
Additional learning objectives include:- Managing software development projects
- Using iterative development processes
- Applying visual modeling techniques
- Utilizing UML artifacts
- Estimating effort for software development tasks
- Utilizing an integrative approach to software design and construction
This portion of the program consists of lectures, workshops, readings, and assignments.
The main objective is to gain an understanding of the process of turning an idea into a business while developing practical skills in communication, human resources, marketing, finance, and sales.
EITs also gain practical experience in teamwork skills including decision-making, problem solving, conflict resolution, and peer evaluation.
Learning objectives include:- Crafting and delivering elevator pitches
- Generating and scrutinizing business ideas
- Analyzing a business in the context of competitive forces
- Writing a business plan
- Delivering business presentations
- Recruiting and hiring, screening CVs/resumes, conducting phone interviews, and participating in interviews
The MEST seminar is a collaborative learning environment where EITs share observations and insights about a topic in group discussions. After completing a reading assignment, they question assumptions, explore a diversity of perspectives, and exchange ideas and opinions with others.
Four times per year, executives and entrepreneurs from successful companies and organizations around the world arrive at MEST to share their stories and lessons learned with our trainees. The guest lecture series is an important part of the training; EITs get exposure to the international business arena. To become involved in the guest lecture series, read more here.