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Events

  • Top startup events in South Africa, Africa you should know about this week [27/1/2019]

    Nairobi is a hive of activity this week for those in the tech startup sector. After the tragic events of earlier this month (see our coverage -- here and here) this must come as great news for the country's tech community. Events to lookout for there include -- the African Investor Masterclass on Friday (2 February), the Mission Billion Challenge Solveathon on Tuesday (29 January) and a strategy and communications planning workshop which takes place on the same day. If you're in Cape Town, look out for the Free Cape Small Business Support Network workshop on Wednesday (30 January) where attendees will...

  • ID4D to host Mission Billion Challenge hackathons in Cape Town, Nairobi

    Have an idea on digital identification systems that can help users to better protect their personal data? The World Bank's Identification for Development (ID4D) will next week host two hackathons in Cape Town and Nairobi open to innovators. The hackathons are being run as part of ID4D's Mission Billion Challenge and are sponsored by the MIT Solve platform. Those with winning ideas stand the chance to get up to $50 000 in prize money (see below for more details). The aim of next week's hackathons are to help identify digital identification systems in developing countries that can help protect citizens' privacy and provide...

  • Entrepreneurship hub Suguba to host Francophone Africa Investors Summit

    West African entrepreneurship development platform Suguba has announced that it will host an investors summit in Bamako, Mali in March, in collaboration with the World Bank Group's L'Afrique Excelle accelerator programme and UK-based publishing house IC Publications. The event, the Francophone Africa Investors Summit (FAIS), will take place on 28 and 29 March. Suguba managing director Issam Chleuh told Ventureburn today (23 January) that keynote speakers confirmed to speak at the summit include AppsTech CEO and founder Rebecca Enonchong, Partech partner Tidjane Deme, Orange Digital Ventures' Marième Diop, Oiko Credit West Africa head and GSMA Ecosystem Accelerator and M4D Utilities...

  • Top startup events in South Africa, Africa you should know about this week [20/1/2019] [Updated]

    If you're in Nairobi, Kenya a memorial service will be held on Tuesday for the six employees of Nairobi-based payments company Cellulant that were killed in last Tuesday's terrorist attack at the DusitD2 hotel (see more in this story). In all 21 people were killed in the attack. In Cape Town this week? Join Luksbrands owner and founder Dustin Botha in a Founders Class event this Wednesday (23 January). For those in Johannesburg, Swiss investor and entrepreneur York Zucci will discuss best practices on how to find and keep clients, at an Innovation Hub Motivation Session which takes place on Monday morning (21...

  • Top startup events in South Africa, Africa you should know about this week [13/1/2019]

    Ever wondered what the differences between personal branding and business branding are? Join StartupGrind Pretoria tomorrow (15 January) as they explore this in a fireside chat with the founders of SummerTime design studio Raksha Mahabeer and Sandya Singh.If you're in Kenya you'll want to attend the Kaleidoscope Africa's Launch to Scale event in Nairobi on Thursday (17 January) where critical success factors that determine how startups move from launch to scale will be discussed. For those working with Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) in Nigeria, you won't want to miss the AR/VR Africa Meetup on Saturday (19 January)...

  • AI-driven blockchain conference set to take place next month in Cape Town [Updated]

    UPDATE (29 January 2019): A Pronoia spokesman told Ventureburn today (29 January) that the Blockchain Investment Roadshow which was set to take place on 14 and 15 February has been moved "to the end of the year" due to the (un)availability of keynote speakers. A Singapore-based platform for data-driven knowledge dissemination and exchange, Pronoia, has announced that it will next month host what it claims to be Africa's first artificial intelligence (AI)-driven blockchain conference in Cape Town. The conference -- titled the Blockchain & Investment Roadshow -- will take place on 14 and 15 February. The location of the event is...

  • Here’s why you should consider attending this year’s Africa Tech Summit Kigali

    With more than 100 expert speakers, over 400 corporate decision makers and 20 breakout sessions, this year's Africa Tech Summit Kigali -- which takes place in the Rwandan capital between 13 and 15 February -- is shaping up to be one of the biggest tech events to take place on the continent. This year's edition, the second of its kind, has been split into three tracks, namely the Future Summit, Africa Startup Summit and the Creative Summit. This new format is a departure from the setup of last year's edition which only had one track aimed solely at tech startups. Africa Tech...

  • 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...

  • Top startup events in South Africa, Africa you should know about this week [3/12/2018]

    This week in Cape Town, the city's leading tech organisations will celebrate its innovation at several Cape Town Startup Week events between Monday (3 December) and Thursday (6 December). In Egypt, one of the Middle East’s biggest entrepreneurship gatherings, RiseUp Summit 2018, will kick off on Friday (7 December). 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...

  • Here’s why you should consider attending this year’s Seedstars Africa Summit

    Seedstars World, one of the largest startup competitions for startup scenes in emerging markets, has disclosed the programme for the fourth edition of the Seedstars Africa Summit which will take place between 11 and 13 December in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Up to 36 startups will participate in different activities at this year's summit. These include 17 finalists from the Seedstars World tour, nine local companies from the Seedstars World Tanzania edition, three Swiss startups and a delegation of three other enterprises from the Tanzanian port city of Tanga. Seedstars regional manager for Africa Claudia Makadristo, in a statement on Wednesday (28 November), described...

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