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Featured image: Startup Grind Cape Town director Sandras Phiri (on stage, left) with Karisani IT Solutions CEO and co-founder Portia Masimula (on stage, right) at a Startup Grind Cape Town event at the Amazon Development Center in the city last month (Startup Grind Cape Town via Facebook)

Top startup events in South Africa, Africa you should know about this week [9/12/2018]

The two biggest startup events this week are Seedstars Africa Summit on Thursday (13 December) in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania and TechCrunch’s Startup Battlefield Africa on Tuesday (11 December) in Lagos, Nigeria.

Tied to TechCrunch Startup Battlefield Africa, Facebook will host a number of events during the week. These include:

Aspiring Entrepreneurs — Digital Pitch Competition (10 December): Winners from seven Nigerian states who participated in the Aspiring Entrepreneurs Digital 2018 programme will pitch their businesses to a panel of judges for a chance to win support and prizes from Facebook and Fate Foundation.

NG_Hub Start-up Mixer (10 December): A social gathering bringing together startups from across the community, including NG_Hub startups and those taking part in the TechCrunch Startup Battlefield event.

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 Coffee

For those that work in startups, lean (startup) coffee is a weekly one-hour coffee meetup that runs a mash-up of leancoffee.org with theleanstartup.com.

Unlike other startup meetups, lean (startup) coffee has no set agenda or a line-up of speakers — instead the talks are centred around what you care about.

Date: 12 December, 8.30am to 9.30am
Location: 1 Somerset Road, Green Point, Cape Town

Crypto and Coffee series

This is an opportunity for you to learn more about various cryptocurrencies. At this event you will learn how to buy, sell and send and receive cryptocurrencies, wallet security, which exchanges to consider using as well as how to avoid potential scams.

Date: 14 December, 10am to 1pm
Location: Rise, Block B, 5th Floor, Woodstock Exchange, 66 – 68 Albert Road, Woodstock, Cape Town



Studio Thinkers founder Michael Masinga will host the next installation of Movaion. As a creative with extensive industry experience, his talk will engage the necessity of creativity as an essential key in all developing industries.

Date: 10 December, 9am to 10.30am
Location: TBD


Startup Guide Cairo Community Kick-off

Join the launch event of entrepreneurial handbook Startup Guide Cairo. The event will offer attendees a chance to connect with local entrepreneurs, learn about the book and submit picks for the startups, founders, programmes, investors, schools and spaces that deserve to be featured.

Date: 9 December, 7pm to 9pm
Location: Startup Haus Cairo, 37 Talaat Harb, Bab Al Louq, Cairo Governorate


Sogakope Startup Day

Join the first Sogakope Startup Day where academics, consultants will cover topics like revenue mechanisms, funding, customer development and customer loyalty. In addition, a number of startups are expected to pitch at the free event.

Date: 9 December, 8am to 5pm
Location: Startup Haus Cairo, 37 Talaat Harb, Bab Al Louq, Cairo Governorate

MEST Presents: Sales 101

MEST is launching a five-week Sales 101 workshop series targeting entrepreneurs, startups, students and professionals looking to master their sales skills and close more deals.

Date: 12 December, 3pm to 5pm
Location: MEST Accra Incubator, East-Legon, Accra, 19 Banana Street, East Legon, Accra

Climate Drawdown Challenge Workshop

At this workshop participants will use design thinking and business planning to imagine, test and refine product, service, or startup ideas to bring to market solutions to reverse global warming.

Date: 15 December, 10.30am to 1.30pm
Location: Impact Hub Accra, F 393/4 Otswe Street, Osu Ako Adjei, Accra


Hult Prize Africa launch

Join the launch of Hult Prize Africa, a startup accelerator for budding young social entrepreneurs emerging from universities across the Africa.

Date: 9 December, 7pm to 9pm
Location: NAF Conference Centre and Suites, 496 Ahmadu Bello Way, Abuja

TechCrunch Startup Battlefield Africa 2018

This week US-based publication TechCrunch will host its second Startup Battlefield Africa competition.

The judges will choose a winner, “Sub-Saharan Africa’s Most Promising Startup,” whose founders will win $25 000 in zero-equity cash plus a trip for two to compete in Startup Battlefield at TechCrunch’s flagship event, Disrupt in 2019.

Date: 11 December, 9am to 8pm
Location: Lagos Oriental Hotel, 3 Lekki – Epe Expy Victoria Island, Lagos

Microsoft Global Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Mixed Reality (MR) Bootcamp

The Global AI bootcamp is a free one-day event organised by local communities all over the world that are passionate about Artificial Intelligence on the Microsoft stack.

Start or enhance your current knowledge and become part of the MR revolution. The bootcamp will contain sessions and workshops given by MR specialists from Lagos.

Date: 15 December, 10am to 3pm
Location: Brainiacs Innovation Hub 78A Isale Eko Street, Dolphin Estate, Lagos, Ikoyi, Lagos


Seedstars Dar es Salaam

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

The winning startup will join the global Seedstars Family and take part in the regional and global Seedstars Summits that include tried and tested bootcamps and investor forums.

Date: 10 December, 4pm to 9pm
Location: Seedspace Dar es Salaam, 7th Floor, Tanzanite Park, Victoria, Dar Es Salaam

Seedstars Africa Summit

The Regional Summit is the final event of Seedstars World’s tour in Africa. After visiting more than 25 different countries in seven months, Seedstars is bringing together the best entrepreneurs from across the continent for a regional conference.

Participants will be joined by corporates, government representatives, startups and the investment world to share knowledge, connect regional and global stakeholders.

Date: 13 December, 8.15am to 11pm
Location: Kisenga LAFP Conference Center, Dar Es Salaam


Users First: Implementing privacy and free expression for tech startups in Zimbabwe

At this Facebook workshop, Global Partners Digital will guide participants through a series of practical steps that they can take to build products that put the user first — building consumer trust, opening opportunities for investment and ensuring compliance with the law.

Date: 11 December, 9am to 3.30pm
Location: Impact Hub, 194 Baines Avenue, Harare

Featured image: Startup Grind Cape Town director Sandras Phiri (on stage, left) with Karisani IT Solutions CEO and co-founder Portia Masimula (on stage, right) at a Startup Grind Cape Town event at the Amazon Development Center in the city last month (Startup Grind Cape Town via Facebook)

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