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Top startup events in South Africa, Africa you should know about this week [10/2/2019]

Arguably this week’s biggest event is the African Tech Summit Kigali which kicks off on Wednesday (13 February) in the Rwandan capital.

Games are all the rage in Cape Town this week. Look out for the Gamification Workshop taking place in Woodstock on Tuesday (12 February). Another event in the city on Wednesday (13 February) will look at how game developers have secured clients and funding.

Those in Joburg who are curious about South Africa’s drone industry will want to check out AeroCon 2019 on Tuesday (12 February)

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

Fireside chat with The Lean Entrepreneur author Brant Cooper

Join Brant Cooper — the co-founder of Moves the Needle and The New York Times bestselling author of “The Lean Entrepreneur” — as he chats about leadership and innovation in entrepreneurship.

Date: 11 February, 6.30pm to 9pm
Location: Seedspace Cape Town, 8 Spin Street, Cape Town

Gamification Workshop

Do you want to get skilled in making an exciting value proposition to your client or customer with games and gamification?

Join this Gravity Ideas event to learn how organisations around the world are embracing behavioural science, and how games and gamification fit into this toolbox.

Date: 12 February, 9am to 12pm
Location: 3rd Floor, Bandwidth Barn, Woodstock Exchange, Albert Road, 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: 6 February, 8.30am to 9.30am
Location: 1 Somerset Road, Green Point, Cape Town

Success with Serious Games

Join CiTi, Serious About Games and Bird Tracks to hear more about successful local games developed for education, training and financial services.

Learn how game developers have secured clients and funding, designed their games to achieve desired outcomes and reached new audiences with their products.

Date: 13 February, 6pm to 7.30pm
Location: 3rd Floor, Bandwidth Barn, Woodstock Exchange, Albert Road, Cape Town

LaunchLab Meetup with Brant Cooper: Be like a startup VC

Brant Cooper will address how leaders can learn to hold teams accountable, ask the right questions, determine non-return on investment (ROI) based startup metrics and help teams overcome obstacles.

Date: 13 February, 2pm to 4pm
Location: LaunchLab, Hamandshand Road, Stellenbosch Central, Stellenbosch

Free Cape Small Business Network hosts James van der Hoven (Vane Digital, Leaderless)

If you have an interest in ecommerce you’ll want to attend this talk by social entrepreneur and Vane Digital founder James van der Hoven.

Date: 13 February, 1pm to 2pm
Location: MEST Incubator, Woodstock Exchange, Albert Road, Woodstock, Cape Town

IoT Startup Festival

If you’re into the Internet of Things (IoT) this festival will help you discover the local IoT startup ecosystem and learn how to define a strong value proposition in the industry.

Date: 14 and 15 February, 8am to 3pm
Location: Workshop17 Watershed, 17 Dock Road, Cape Town

Durban

Silicon Durbs Innovation Session

This event will see five tech innovators with ideas for innovative ideas work with 20 people with tech and entrepreneurial skills work together to come up with tech ventures.

Date: 16 February, 10.30am to 2pm
Location: 12 Browns Road, Innovate Durban Offices, Durban

Johannesburg

AeroCon 2019 Johannesburg

Aerocon is the place to be if you want to enter the drone industry in South Africa as a pilot or a service provider.

You will walk away from the event knowing exactly what it entails, and what it will cost to become a legally compliant drone pilot in South Africa.

Date: 12 February, 11am to 4pm
Location: Pirates Club, 25 Braeside Road, Johannesburg

Ethiopia

Financial Fitness Introduction to Bitcoin Entrepreneurship

This event will help you learn how blockchain affects your industry, bitcoin mining, exchanges and other cryptocurrencies.

Date: 16 February, 2.30pm to 5pm
Location: Holiday Hotel, Next to Lex Plaza Building, Addis Ababa

Kenya

Data Science Event

Join mSurvey lead data scientist Samuel Kamande as he chats about his journey in the data science industry, building teams, the future of the discipline and available opportunities.

Date: 11 February, 6pm to 8pm
Location: Nairobi Garage, ALX, Nairobi

EdTechXAfrica Startup Pitch Competition – Nairobi

The Nairobi edition of the EdTechXAfrica Startup Pitch competition will see five or six local edtech startups pitch their solutions to a panel of judges, investors and industry leaders.

The winner, selected by these judges and the audience in attendance, will then receive an all-expenses paid trip to London to speak in front of more than 900 global thought leaders at the annual EdTechXEurope summit as part of the final Global Startup Super League Competition.

Date: 13 February, 6.30am to 8.30pm
Location: ALX, Nairobi Garage, 7th Floor, Ngong Road, Nairobi

Namibia

RAW: Pitch Carousel

Learn how to pitch your business to anyone like a pro within three minutes.

Date: 14 February, 6.30pm to 8.30pm
Location: Dololo, 118 Robert Mugabe Avenue, Windhoek

Tanzania

EdTechXAfrica Startup Pitch Competition Dar es Salaam

Edtech incubator Injini in collaboration with Buni Hub will showcase five or six local startups who will be pitching to a panel of judges comprised of investors and industry leaders in the Dar es Salaam edition of the EdTechXAfrica competition.

The winner, selected by these judges and the audience in attendance, will then receive an all-expenses paid trip to London to speak in front of more than 900 global thought leaders at the annual EdTechXEurope summit as part of the final Global Startup Super League Competition.

Date: 11 February, 4pm to 6.30pm
Location: Buni Hub, Sayansi Building, COSTECH,Buni Hub, Dar es Salaam

Tourism Innovation Weekend

Want to build a tourism startup in three days? Tourism Innovation Weekend is your chance to learn how to take any idea from conception to creation within days.

Join this event if you want to solve problems and fill gaps in the travel and tourism industry.

Date: 15 to 17 February, 6pm to 10pm
Location: NSSF Mafao House, Arusha

Rwanda

Africa Tech Summit Kigali 2019

Africa Tech Summit Kigali 2019 will once again provide insights, networking and business opportunities for African and international tech leaders and investors who want to drive growth in Africa.

Date: 13 to 15 February, 1pm to 5.30pm
Location: Kigali Convention Centre, Kigali

EdTechXAfrica Startup Pitch Competition Kigali

Don’t miss the chance to watch five or six Rwandan edtech startups pitch their solutions to a panel of judges.

The event winner will receive an all-expenses paid trip to London where they will participate in the EdTechX Europe summit as part of the final Global Startup Super League Competition.

Date: 15 February, 6pm to 8.30pm
Location: ALU, Kigali Heights, 2nd floor, KG 7 Avenue, Kigali

Featured image: Startup Grind Cape Town via Facebook

Author Bio

Daniel Mpala
Daniel's focus is on the African tech startup ecosytem. Besides that, he is passionate about online security, privacy and international affairs. He studied International Relations and Media Studies at the University of the Witwatersrand. More

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