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Top startup events in South Africa, Africa you should know about this week [03/09/2018]

If you run a tech startup, you will likely be aware of how information security has become an important aspect of everyday life. On Wednesday (5 September) information security experts will share insights on the kind of attacks that you and your startup could be exposed to and what measures you should take to protect your business.

Curious about commercial drones? Startup Grind Cape Town will on Wednesday host Duran de Villiers the founder of commercial drone manufacturer Alti UAS.

Tomorrow (4 September), Shakes Mosilili, Reza Mia, and Tabz Qadir will during the Leaderex conference discuss the hacks for a successful crowdfunding initial public offering (IPO). Ventureburn editor Stephen Timm will speak to host two panel discussions at the conference.

In West Africa, 1o Senegalese companies will on Friday (7 September) compete to be crowned the best early-stage startup in the country at Seedstars Dakar.

This article is part of a weekly series that highlights all the top startup events, competitions, networking sessions, workshops and conferences in Africa.

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

Lean (startup) coffee

For those working in startups, Lean (startup) coffee is a weekly one-hour coffee meetup that runs a mashup of leancoffee.org with theleanstartup.com.

Date: 5 September, 8.30am to 9.30am
Location: 1 Somerset Road, Green Point, Cape Town

Code Red InfoSec Briefing

Information security (InfoSec) has become a very important aspect of everyday life. Join this event to learn more from industry experts about how real-world attacks occur on a daily basis and what measures you need to take to be more secure.

Date: 5 September, 8.30am to 2pm
Location: The River Club, Observatory Road, Cape Town

Let’s talk commercial drones with Duran De Villiers (ALTI UAS)

Startup Grind Cape Town will this week host Duran de Villiers the founder of Alti UAS, a leading and global award-winning manufacturer of commercial unmanned Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL) fixed-wing aircraft or commercial drones.

Date: 5 September, 5.30pm to 9am
Location: 17 Dock Road, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town

Pitch & Present Workshop

Join Louise Mitchell of Take My Word at French South African Tech Labs for a step-by-step guide to how to improve your business pitches. Get your tickets here.

Date: 5 September, 3 pm to 6.30 pm
Location: French South African Tech Labs, Mayfair Block C, Century Way, Century City


Hacks for a successful crowdfunding IPO 

Join Shakes Mosilili, Reza Mia, and Tabz Qadir as they discuss what makes a successful crowdfunding initial public offering (IPO). The trio will cover types of crowdfunding, rewards-based crowdfunding projects, crowdfunding platform rules and guidelines, equity, and mistakes to avoid.

Date: 4 September, 8am to 9am
Location: Sandton Convention Centre, 161 Maude Street, Sandton


Leaderex is back in Johannesburg. The conference will host over 500 speakers in various streams related to business — from entrepreneurship to angel investing to digital marketing. Speakers include Kulula.com founder Gidon Novick, comedian John Vlismas and new SA SME Fund CEO Ketso Gordhan.

Ventureburn editor Stephen Timm will speak to host two panel discussions at the conference. See the full Leaderex agenda for the entrepreneur-themed sessions here. See the full programme here.

Date: 4 September, 8am to 9am
Location: Sandton Convention Centre, 161 Maude Street, Sandton

Hack the Big Four

Join other young ICT innovators, volunteer mentors, investors, entrepreneurs and experts as they try to come up with solutions on the big four sectors: agribusiness, housing, manufacturing and healthcare.

Date: 8 September, 9am to 1pm
Location: National Museum of Kenya, Louis Leakey Auditorium, Nairobi


Breast Cancer Hackathon Idea Pitch

The Breast Cancer Hackathon Idea Pitch event is the grand finale where selected teams get to pitch their ideas on the use of technology to prevent breast cancer. Interested? Apply to be among the select audience to watch the idea pitch event live.

Date: 4 September, 11am to 2pm
Location: Akure Tech Hub, Obanla Street, Akure

Blockchain technology in energy access finance for Africa

Could blockchain become the new “big deal” for deal pipeline in Africa, especially around funding for energy projects? Join this event to learn more.

Date: 5 September, 10am to 12pm
Location: TBD


Seedstars Dakar

The 10 best startups from Senegal will be invited to pitch in front of an investment panel and compete to be crowned the country’s most promising seed-stage startup.

Date: 7 September, 4pm to 8pm
Location: Sonatel, 64, Voie de Dégagement Nord, VDN


How to finance your startup

Struggling to find and secure funding for your startup? Then you’ll want to join this workshop on the mechanisms and sources of financing in Tunisia.

Date: 5 September, 10am to 12pm
Location: 111-CoThink, 14 Rue Emir Abdelkader, Mutual City, Tunis


Nicoz Diamond Think Tank Innovators Competition information session

This information session will see representatives from Nicoz Diamond and Boost engage with potential project participants and discuss the application process and intellectual property.

Date: 5 September, 10am to 1pm
Location: M.S.U. Graduate School of Business Leadership, Commerce and Law Campus, Gweru

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