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Top startup events in South Africa, Africa you should know about this week [03/10/2016]

Looking to get into the South African startup scene or scratch up on some of your skills? Well, you’ve come to the right place. There are loads of competitions, networking sessions and workshops happening around South Africa and the rest of the continent (namely Kenya, Nigeria and Ghana) that we’ve rounded up to make your life a bit easier.

This article is part of a weekly series that highlights all the top startup competitions, networking sessions, workshops and conferences around South Africa, and the greater region. If you have any event recommendations for us to add to the list, or next week’s, please let us know in the comments below or send us an email.

Not all of the events are free and some will require booking in advance. Please click on the event names to find out more information.

Cape Town

Rise & Shine Breakfast with Bevan Ducasse

Bevan Ducasse, founder and CEO of wiGroup, will be hosting a relaxed breakfast talking about his experiences as a mobile start up.

Date: 4 October, 8:30am to 10am
Location: Rise Cape Town, Woodstock Exchange, 5th Floor, Block B, 66 – 68 Albert road, Woodstock

Lean (Startup) Coffee

For people working in startups, lean (startup) coffee is a weekly 1-hour coffee that runs a mash-up of leancoffee.org with theleanstartup.com. Unlike other startup meetups, lean (startup) coffee is agendaless, speakerless and talks about what you care about.

Date: 5 October, 8:30am to 9:30am
Location: TRUTH. coffeecult, 1 Somerset Road, Green Point

Xero hosts Marnus Broodryk from Shark Tank SA

Shark Tank SA investor and CEO of The Beancounter Marnus Broodryk will talk about his entrepreneurial experiences. He’ll be sharing tips he’s gathered from launching several multi-million rand companies, all by the age of 30. This invite-only event will include networking, food and drinks, and a sneak peak into what’s new from Xero.

Date: 6 October, 6:30pm to 9:30pm
Location: Truth Coffee Roasting, 36 Buitenkant Street

Venture Lab Founders Forum

Join us at “Founders Forum” to hear from early stage entrepreneurs on key lessons learned while building their businesses.

Date: 6 October, 5:00pm to 6:30pm
Location: UCT Graduate School of Business, MTN Solution Space 8, 8 Portswood Road, Cape Town


Young Women In Business: Go Big Or Go Home

Join JoziHub for an intimate chat with Entrepreneur and Strategist Vuyiswa Mutshekwane. She is the Co-Founder of Wknd Social and CEO of the South African Institute of Black Property Practitioners.

Date: 5 October, 6:00pm
Location: Jozihub, 44 Stanley Avenue, Milpark

Startup 101: Pr Workshop With Bronwyn Coppola

The workshop is focused on Public Relations and how Media Relations fits into this mix. It offers some fundamental theory (for people who are starting out and for those who need to refresh the way they present their business to their markets) and then they’ll do some practical exercises so that delegates know how to apply the theory to their own environment.

Date: 6 October, 10:00am
Location: Jozihub, 44 Stanley Avenue, Milpark

Build A Powerful Business Network _ Business Breakfast

We all know that building a powerful network doesn’t just happen. Networking should be mutual. Never confuse networking with prospecting. Prospecting is the deliberate search for clients. It may result in short term or long term relationships. When building a network, you are striving for LONG–TERM,mutual relationships from which all draw benefit.

Date: 8 October, 8:00am to 11:00am
Location: Plantation Cafe, 3 International Business Gateway, Corner New Road and 6th Road, Midrand


Posi-tea-vity Tuesdays: Black & White Debate – “Do you need to be passionate when starting your business?”

Black & White are lively debates held every week with the aim to show that there is not a single truth on how to start or grow a successful business. This inspirational session is open for everybody with an entrepreneurial spirit.

Date: 4 October, 1:00pm to 3:30pm
Location: The Hub East Africa, Waiyaki Way, Nairobi

DrinkEntreprenurs Nairobi #4 – Founders Edition

DrinkEntrepreneurs is a monthly event where entrepreneurs connect in a relaxed way. The event currently runs every first Thursday of the month in Nairobi and many other cities. Thousands of entrepreneurs have met partners, co-workers, investors and friends thanks to the special and relaxed atmosphere of the event.

Date: 6 October, 5:00pm to 8:00pm
Location: 14 Riverside, Belgravia, 6th Floor, Mettā, Nairobi


Founders Conference 2016

Founders Conference 2016 will gather 250 innovative startup founders, ten top-rated start-up executives, 8 respected start-up trainers and 10 venture fund providers. 20 select start-ups will their business idea/solution.

Date: 3 October, 9:00am to 3:30pm
Location: Four Points, By Sheraton, Plot 9/10 Block 2 Oniru Chieftaincy Estate, Lekki Express Way, Lekki, Lagos

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