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Top startup events in South Africa, Africa you should know about this week [27/03/2017]

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

Akro/The Kairos Society: a chat withRaymond van Niekerk

Akro, in association with The Kairos Society, is excited to have Raymond van Niekerk talking about ‘branding your startup’. Van Niekerk is a brand guru, a motivational speaker, and the man behind the Investec brand. RSVP to janine@akro.co.za

Date: 29 March, 6:30pm
Location: 17 Shelley road, Salt River, Cape Town

Branding Strategies and KnowHow for your StartUp

Raymond van Niekerk – Nothing is sacred for this branding guru, the architect behind the Investec brand. Bring your questions, and lets do it Workshop style!

Date: 29 March, 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Location: Akro CoWorking Space, Salt River, Cape Town

FREE #CapeMarketing Workshops for Small Businesses in Woodstock

Are you a start-up, entrepreneur or small business owner? Perhaps you just have an inkling of an idea and need some advice or inspiration. We offer a relaxed and safe space for you to discuss any issues, ideas or success stories. If you have any marketing problems you need help with, you can bring them all to the table and tap into the wealth of experience and knowledge from the group.

Date: 29 March, 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Location: The Cape Town Garage, The Woodstock Exchange, Block A / 4th Floor, 66 Albert Road, Woodstock

Model X – Start, Grow, and Explode your business

Finally, an event that helps businesses and entrepreneurs discover the tools and strategy to grow their businesses while providing the means to do it. Entrepreneurs have energy and excitement when their businesses start, however, this soon leads to frustration and anxiety. What if… there was an easy to understand, comprehensive business strategy and plan just for you and your business.

Date: 29 March, 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Location: Belmont Square, Belmont Road, Rondebosch

FREE #CapeMarketing Workshops for Small Businesses in Diep River

Are you a start-up, entrepreneur or small business owner? Perhaps you just have an inkling of an idea and need some advice or inspiration. We offer a relaxed and safe space for you to discuss any issues, ideas or success stories. If you have any marketing problems you need help with, you can bring them all to the table and tap into the wealth of experience and knowledge from the group.

Date: 30 March, 9:00am
Location: N/A

Agile in a tribe at Spotify

Are you wondering what Agile is like at Spotify? You’ve probably seen the videos that Henrik made almost 3 years ago. We have figured out a lot more by trying a lot of things. Spotify’s founder Daniel Ek says: “We aim to make mistakes faster than anyone else.” That resonates a lot with how we approach work in our tribe. I’ve had a lot of “AHA” moments during my time here. I believe these “AHA” moments are valuable seeds to plant with the amazing community that is SUGSA. I will share a list of practices that I have learnt at Spotify and how they are different from the kind of thinking that I used to have.

Date: 30 March, 6:00pm
Location: Allan Gray Auditorium, 1 Silo Square, V&A Waterfront

Startup Grind hosts Monique Woodward (investor, 500 Startups)

This month, 500 Startups will be in town, and we are super excited about this! Startup Grind has partnered with Silicon Cape & some key stakeholders to bring a full day of awesomeness.
Silicon Cape is hosting a Pitch Competition in the afternoon (see info here, and apply), and this will be followed by a Startup Grind event. Startups will be showcasing their products as well at our event. There is limited seating, so be sure to get your tickets ASAP!

Date: 31 March, 5:30pm
Location: Workshop 17, V&A Waterfront

Durban

Startup Grind hosts Tim Strang & Byron Verreyne (Spazapp)

Startup Grind by Google for Entrepreneurs returns to Durban with two very special speakers. Tim Strang & Byron Verreyne, Co-Founders of Spazapp – a Durban tech company that has launched an innovative “money-saving” app for traders Spazapp gives traders the ability to order directly from big brands and suppliers. The company has been able to on board core partners such as Unilever & Tiger Brands. More notable, Kingson Capital has chosen to invest in the e-commerce platform. The app works to connect users directly to bulk buying opportunities and business support and is already massively popular within the KZN borders.

Date: 29 March, 6:16pm
Location: The Pavilion Hotel Durban

Johannesburg

Business Networking

Focusing on building long-term business relationships through word of mouth referrals. We are looking for professionals in selected industries to join us and were we tap into one another’s networks to grow each of our businesses. Please ensure you inform us of your profession before joining for the meeting. Therefore, please contact any of your hosts through Meetup and we will immediately respond.

Date: 29 March, 7:00am to 8:30am
Location: The Street Cafe (Rosebank Union Church), 40 St Andrews Road

Breakfast Business Networking

The Purpose of this Business Networking meeting is to offer you the business owner a networking platform to promote your business/service. To meet new like minded business owners.

Date: 29 March, 8:30am
Location: Piza e Vino Eagles Landing, Corner of Scott and Christiaan de Wet Rd, Randpark Ridge

Kenya

User Research and Interactions Workshop

User interaction and user research are key components to launching and sustaining a product by continuous improvement and iteration. In this workshop we will dive into the methods that will help better predict ways a user/consumer will interact with your product, the consumer being the king it’s good practice to make sure they get a good first experience while using a product and eventually end up being repeat consumers.

Date: 29 March, 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Location: Mettā Nairobi, 14 Riverside Drive, Belgravia Building, Nairobi, Nairobi County, Kenya

Strathmore (ISBI) Entrepreneurship Training Workshop

This is a simulated entrepreneurship class that allows participants to experience being a part of Strathmore’s ISBI Advanced Entrepreneurship Programme.

Date: 31 March, 9:30am to 1:00pm
Location: Strathmore Business School, Ole Sangale Road, Nairobi City, Nairobi Province

Nigeria

Business and Productivity

Attend The Business Advantage Series as we discuss “BUSINESS & PRODUCTIVITY”. A Business Forum for Business Owners, Start Up & Enterprenuers.

Date: 30 March, 8:45am to 10:45am
Location: E4D Learning Centre, Plot 20, MKO Abiola Crescent, Off Toyin Str, Ikeja, Lagos, Lagos State 1

Daystar Business Academy (DBA)Module-1, SET-10 (M1-S10)

To ensure that participants are loaded with practical knowledge and motivation to start their business and run their business more efficiently and effectively having a business plan in place.

Date: 1 April, 2:00pm to 7:00pm
Location: Daystar Christian Center (Annex 2), Ikosi Road, Lagos

Have a startup event that you’d like featured on next week’s event roundup? Send us an email.