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Top startup events in South Africa, Africa you should know about this week [3/2/2019]

This Tuesday (5 February) in Cape Town, Startupbootcamp AfriTech will host an event in that will explore what role blockchain plays in financial inclusion.

Joburgers, particularly those into edtech, should look out for the EdtechXAfrica Startup Pitch Competition taking place on Thursday (7 February). The Cape Town version of the event will take place on Tuesday (5 February).

For those in Kenya, the African Legal Tech Network will host its first ever meetup in the country tomorrow (4 February) in Nairobi.

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

Get Connected 2019

Get Connected is a one-day event for accountants, bookkeepers, industry experts and app partners interested in education, innovation and networking.

Date: 5 February, 10am
Location: The Vineyard Hotel, Cape Town

Blockchain for financial inclusion

What role can the blockchain and cryptocurrencies play in facilitating financial inclusion? Join Project Ubu project manager Ricki Allardice, Paul Mitchell and Intelligent Impact founder Aunnie Patton Power as they tackle this question.

Date: 5 February, 5pm to 10pm
Location: Startupbootcamp AfriTech, 1 Sand Hill Road, Greenpoint, Cape Town

French Tech Community Meet-up

Network and meet the French Tech community in Cape Town at this event organised by French Tech Cape Town.

Date: 5 February, 5.30pm to 7pm
Location: Alliance Francaise du Cap, 155 Loop Street, 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

EdTechXAfrica Startup Pitch Competition

The Edtech incubator in partnership with Amazon Web Services (AWS) will showcase five to six local startups that will pitch to a panel of judges who will include 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: 5 February, 6pm to 8.30pm
Location: Amazon Web Services, AWS Piazza (Wembley Square 2), Ground Floor, 34 Solan Road, Cape Town

The Agritech Revolution: Alessandro Colafranceschi, Tim Willis

Heavy Chef hosts TilloApp CEO and co-founder Alessandro Colafranceschi along with Aerobotics CFO Tim Willis as they discuss how their tech companies are disrupting the world of agriculture.

Date: 6 February, 6pm to 8.30pm
Location: Workshop 17, Tabakhuis, Paarl

Future Fit masterclass: Mike Perk

Mike Perk works closely with leaders that seek to transform their organisations to become more relevant in a digitally connected world.

In this masterclass, he will reveal how to become “future fit” through a change of management exercises that focus on vision setting, organisational structure, team mobility and digital leadership.

Date: 6 February, 9am to 2pm
Location: Workshop17, 17 Dock Road Cape Town

Startup Grind Cape Town: Lets talk social media and cultural mega trends with Dave Duarte (Treeshake)

Join Treeshake founder Dave Duarte as he chats about social media and cultural mega trends.

Date: 6 February, 5.30pm to 8.30pm
Location: Workshop17, 17 Dock Road Cape Town

Johannesburg

The evolution of stokvels

The Hook Up Dinner Johannesburg explores the power of collaboration in finance and how that can be turned into finance for small businesses.

Date: 1 February, 6.30pm to 9pm
Location: Workshop17, Maboneng, 4 The Main Change Building, 20 Kruger St, City and Suburban, Johannesburg

KNF Section 12J information session

KNF Ventures will host an informal information and networking session with some of its current investors, portfolio company entrepreneurs and prospective investors.

Date: 6 February, 5.30pm
Location: To be announced on registration

EdTechXAfrica Startup Pitch Competition

The Edtech incubator in partnership with Amazon Web Services will showcase five to six local startups that will pitch to a panel of judges who will include 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: 7 February, 6pm to 8.30pm
Location: Impello, 139 Greenway, Johannesburg

Kenya

Africa Legal Tech Network Meetup – Nairobi

Are you a lawyer or part of a law firm thinking about tech disruption in the legal sector and what it means for your practice and clients? Is your tech company looking for new opportunities for your product in the legal sector? Then you’ll want to attend Africa Legal Tech Network’s meetup — the organisation’s first event in Kenya.

Date: 4 February, 6pm to 8pm
Location: iHub Nairobi, 6th Floor, Senteu Plaza, Galana / Lenana Road Junction, Nairobi

Founders Live Nairobi

Five handpicked companies will take the hot seat, with only 99 seconds to pitch their company and describe their value proposition in front of an eager audience. 

Date: 7 February, 6pm to 9pm
Location: Nairobi Garage, Ngong Road, 8th Floor, Pinetree Plaza, Kaburu Drive Off Ngong Rd, Nairobi

Nigeria

Startup World Cup Nigeria regional finals

Selected startups will pitch to a panel of judges who will select one winner to represent Nigeria at the Startup World Cup grand final.

Date: 9 February, 10am to 4pm
Location: Civic Hive 42, Montgomery Road, Sabo, Yaba, Lagos

How to pitch an idea to a potential partner, investor or customer

FinTech Stage co-founder Matteo Rizzi has coached founder on how to pitch their startup for over ten years. At this event Rizzi will train attendees on how to deliver the perfect pitch.

Date: 9 February, 12pm to 2pm
Location: Workstation, 7 Ibiyinka Olorunbe, Lagos

Zambia

Introduction to social enterprise

This one-day programme will engage you in an introduction to the values and purpose of social enterprise, and help you to explore questions and issues around social entrepreneurship.

Date: 4 February, 9am to 3pm
Location: BongoHive,Thabo Mbeki Road, Lusaka

Opportunities and challenges in the use of technology in elections

Be part of a unique discussion that not only analyses the 2016 Zambian general election from a technology point-of-view but fast-forwards to opportunities and challenges around the future and use of technology in elections.

Date: 7 February, 6pm to 8pm
Location: BongoHive,Thabo Mbeki Road, Lusaka

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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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