Deadline: October 7, 2022

MEST Scale is a venture acceleration program designed by MEST, in partnership with the Mastercard Foundation, to help Small and Growing Businesses strengthen their operations, address key technology gaps and increase their ability and capacity to scale their growth.

Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) play a critical role in Ghana’s socio-economic growth. They represent over 80% of enterprises in the Ghanaian market. However, despite the significant role they play in the development of their communities and the economy, SMEs face a number of key challenges that make it difficult for them to scale up sustainably.


MEST Scale is looking to support startups and SMEs that are ready to scale, they meet the following requirement to make them eligible:

  • Sales and traction
    • Has annual sales minimum of $150,000
    • Demonstrates at least three years of strong revenue growth
    • If unprofitable, has a plan and path for financial breakeven
  • Stage
    • Commercially viable venture with strong product-market fit with a primary challenge of determining why, where, what, and how to scale
  • Personnel and talent 
    • Minimum of 5 full-time management staff, a total of 10 staff minimum
    • The team should consist of more than 5 team members that are non-management staff
  • Scalability
    • The venture has a good blend of ambition and potential to scale
  • Market
    • Business must be based in Ghana & headquartered in the Greater Accra region
  • Technology
    • Must be a software technology business
  • Companies with women in leadership and top management roles will be given preference


  • Tailored Advisory Support: Get seasoned business advice that responds to your specific needs
  • Specialist Consultations: Area-specific experts provide consultation sessions and guidance
  • Investor engagement: Get investor readiness support and growth capital linkages
  • Technology Enhancement: Improve the use of technology to enhance business development

Program Curriculum

Month 1

  • Scale diagnostics

Month 2-4

  • Scale challenge articulation (from diagnostic)
  • Scale strategy development
  • Operations and business modeling
  • Investment readiness

Month 5-6

  • Scale plan pilot and wrap up

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