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Featured image: Members of the audience at a Startup Grind Cape Town event last month (Startup Grind Cape Town via Facebook

Top startup events in South Africa, Africa you should know about this week [5/11/2018] [Updated]

This week sees the fourth Africa Women Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum (AWIEF) kick off in Cape Town on Thursday (8 November). The theme of this year’s event is “Unleashing Ideas: Innovation, sustainability and enterprise growth”.

On Wednesday (7 November), DEMO Ventures CEO Tania Ngima will moderate a fireside chat with Chandaria Group CEO Darshan Chandaria at Metta Nairobi.

The Africa Fintech Summit (AFTS) takes place on 8 and 9 November in Lagos, Nigeria and will bring the issues, entrepreneurs, and opportunities revolutionising finance in Africa to the forefront.

Building an aerospace startup? Look out for Africa4Future initiative events being held in Cape Town, Nairobi and Lagos this week where you can get more information on how to enter an acceleration programme run by Airbus BizLab, Make-IT in Africa, MEST and Innocircle.

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

MEST Africa Community Conversations with VoiceWorks

Join VoiceWorks founder Marianthi Dickie as she speaks about the importance of using your voice effectively in the workplace as an entrepreneur.

Date: 1 November, 12pm to 1pm
Location: MEST Incubator Cape Town, 66 Albert Road, 401A Woodstock Exchange, Cape Town

Airbus BizLab Aerospace Africa4Future initiative Meetup

This meetup will answer questions regarding the Africa4Future initiative. It will also feature a panel BlockMesh head of business development Jason Griessel and Aerobotics data scientist Garth Wasson.

Date: 7 November, 12pm to 1pm
Location: MEST Incubator, Woodstock Exchange, 401a, Albert Rd, Woodstock, 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: 7 November, 8.30am to 9.30am
Location: 1 Somerset Road, Green Point, Cape Town

Airbus BizLab Africa4Future Launch Event

The LaunchLab together with Airbus BizLab will be featuring a panel of established startups who work in the African Aerospace sector who will be engaging with like-minded entrepreneurs and startups looking to enter the Airbus BizLab Africa4Future Acceleration Challenge. Guest speakers include Simera managing director Johann du Toit and Aerobotics agronomist Devin Osborne.

Date: 8 November, 5pm to 9pm
Location: Nedbank Stellenbosch University LaunchLab

Africa Women Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum

The fourth Africa Women Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum brings together players in the African business and entrepreneurship ecosystem to address Africa’s economic development challenges with women as catalysts.

Date: 8 and 9 November
Location: Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC)


Seedstars Gaborone

The 10 best startups from Gaborone will be invited to pitch in front of an investment panel and compete to be crowned the most promising seed-stage startup of Seedstars Gaborone 2018.

Date: 9 November, 4pm to 8.15pm
Location: Botswana Innovation Hub, Plot 69184, Block 8, Botswana Innovation Hub Science and Technology Park


Global Startup Weekend Youth N’Djamena

Startup Weekends are 54-hour events designed to provide a quality educational experience for technical and non-technical entrepreneurs. These weekend events focus on action, innovation and education.

Date: 9 to 11 November, 3pm to 8.30pm
Location: Wenak Innovation Hub, Maldoum Bada Abbas Avenue, N’Djamena


MEST Africa Information Session

Join the MEST Africa team at the MEST Incubator Lagos as they share their experience working with entrepreneurs from across the continent.

Date: 5 November, 5.30pm to 6.30m
Location: MEST Incubator Accra, 19 Banana Street, Accra


Online Payments Forum

This online payments forum will take you through an introduction of fintech by Finserve Africa, a subsidiary of Equity Group. It includes an interactive masterclass on the basics of fintech, with analyses of some case studies within the Kenyan context.

Date: 7 November, 3pm to 8.30pm
Location: Mettā Nairobi, 14 Riverside Drive, Nairobi, Nairobi County

Fireside Chat with Darshan Chandaria

Join DEMO Ventures CEO Tania Ngima as she chats with Chandaria Group CEO Darshan Chandaria about his vision behind setting up one of the first local venture capital firms in Kenya and about his portfolio companies.

Date: 7 November, 6pm to 8.30pm
Location: Mettā Nairobi, 14 Riverside, Belgravia Building, 6th Floor Wing A, Nairobi, Nairobi County

African Summit on Entrepreneurship and Innovation

This summit aims to promote entrepreneurial mindset across Africa for economic empowerment and social development on the continent. The theme of the summit will be “Building Africa’s Future through Innovation and manufacturing”.

Date: 8 to 10 November, 7am to 5.30pm
Location: United States International University – Africa, Kasarani area, off Thika Road, Nairobi

Launch of “The New Girl Code”

Join author Buhle Ngaba as she does a reading of The New Girl Code, followed by a Q&A session with local tech consultant Ellen Fischat on tech, femininity and women leaders.

Date: 8 November, 4pm to 6pm
Location: Truth Coffee, Buitenkant Street, Cape Town

Airbus BizLab Aerospace Africa4Future initiative Meetup

This meetup will answer questions regarding the Africa4Future initiative and feature MobiWater founder Kelvin Gacheru and Apollo Agriculture founder Eli Pollak.

Date: 9 November, 2.30pm to 4.30pm
Location: MEST Incubator Nairobi, Pinetree Plaza Kaburu Dr, Nairobi 7th Floor, Nairobi


Africa Fintech Summit Lagos 2018

The Africa Fintech Summit programme includes lively policy debates, global keynotes, investor missions from around the global, site visits, stakeholder meetings, a blockchain masterclass for finance professionals, a gala dinner and an awards banquet.

Date: 8 to 9 November, 9am to 9.30pm
Location: Civic Centre, Ozumba Mbadiwe Rd, Victoria Island, Lagos

Airbus BizLab Aerospace Africa4Future initiative Meetup

This meetup will answer questions regarding the Africa4Future initiative and feature Beatdrone founder Confidence Odionye, and Arone Delivery founder Emmanuel Ezenwere.

Date: 8 November,5pm to 4.30pm
Location: MEST Incubator, Lagos, 19B Adeyemi Lawson Street, Lagos

Featured image: Members of the audience at a Startup Grind Cape Town event last month (Startup Grind Cape Town via Facebook

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