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Events

  • Top startup events in South Africa, Africa you should know about this week [27/08/2018]

    Tomorrow (28 August) the participants of the Rise Scalerator programme will share their journeys and how they hope to scale their startups at an event in Cape Town. If you're crazy about artificial intelligence, you'll want to attend Cape Town AI's next quarterly meeting on Thursday (30 August) which will focus on data quality. Those in Joburg looking to learn more about blockchain should attend Startup Grind Johannesburg's unique training session (heads-up -- early birds will get an opportunity to earn free coins). In East Africa? Then join Strathmore University deputy vice chancellor Vincent Ogutu on Thursday (30 August) an After Office Hours...

  • Here’s what to expect at the 2018 SA Innovation Summit

    The SA Innovation Summit is set to take place between 12 and 14 September in Cape Town under theme Africa, our time has come! The summit will bring together corporates, government, academia, researchers, and entrepreneurs to unpack the biggest challenges on the continent, including the Fourth Industrial Revolution (Industry 4.0) and how it matters to the African economy. Organisers expect that 1500 delegates will attend the three-day conference. Some 50 keynote speakers will be addressing the effect of technology and innovation in different industries and applications, including agritech, fintech, biotech, edutech, artificial intelligence (AI), big data and space and cities of the...

  • AWS full day Cape Town event to feature pitching, deep dives, panel discussions

    Amazon Web Services (AWS) has announced that it will host a full-day event for startup founders and technical staff. The event -- which is free to startups -- will be held in Cape Town next month. AWS said the event, part of Amazon's Startup Day series will run on 13 September and was created to help accelerate startup innovation and growth. The event will feature a keynote address by AWS global startup evangelist Mackenzie Kosut, as well as speakers from Cape Town venture capital fund 4Di Capital and SA startup Custos Media and Nigerian tech company Flutterwave. Practical tips AWS startup customers like Luno, Travelstart and...

  • Top startup events in South Africa, Africa you should know about this week [20/08/2018]

    This week non-profit civic organisation Activate! will host what it claims to be Africa's first Social Innovation Summit in Cape Town on Wednesday (22 August). In keeping with Women's month celebrations, MEST will tomorrow (21 August) host Britehouse COO Zimkhita Buwa at its Community Conversations event. Bhuwa is expected to speak on the valuable lessons she's learnt as a woman in South Africa's tech industry. In Johannesburg on Thursday (23 August), Hartford InsurTech Hub will be looking for the city's best insurtech startups. Elsewhere around the continent, join a hangout in Aba, Nigeria on Friday (24 August) where creatives will look at how...

  • Top startup events in South Africa, Africa you should know about this week [13/08/2018]

    Curious about alternative ways to raise money for your startup? If you're in Joburg you might want to join FundEx 2018, a one-day conference taking place on Thursday (16 August) which will explore funding opportunities for entrepreneurs. In keeping with Women's Month, why not join the African Women in Fintech and Payments breakfast this Friday in Cape Town? In East Africa, join an i-Talks panel discussion on idea poaching this Thursday (16 August) in Nairobi. Across the continent, in Lagos, Nigeria, CcHUB Nigeria accelerator programmes manager Francis Sani will look at how entrepreneurs can build digital ventures. This article is part of a weekly...

  • ‘African Fintech Unconference 2018 to provide platform for discussion’ [Updated]

    The second annual African Fintech Unconference (AFU18) -- set to take place next month -- will provide an important platform for discussion and information sharing -- Vahid Monadjem, the CEO of fintech company Nomanini said today. The conference is being convened by African fintech companies Nomanini (South Africa), MFS Africa (South Africa) and Tugende (Uganda). It will be held on 25 and 26 September 2018 at the Spier Wine Farm in Stellenbosch. As with the inaugural African Fintech Unconference held in March last year, this year’s unconference agenda will be guided by African fintech innovators, thought leaders and entrepreneurs. In a press release today,  the three companies said unlike traditional conference...

  • Top startup events in South Africa, Africa you should know about this week [06/08/2018]

    The biggest tech event taking place this week is the Netrepreneurs: The Rise of Africa’s Digital Lions special event organised by Alibaba Business School, Unctad and the Jack Ma Foundation. At the event, which will be held at the Wits Linder Auditorium, Alibaba Group founder Jack Ma is expected to launch the Netrepreneur Prize which aims to support exemplary young internet leaders. August is Women's Month and there are several events dedicated to celebrating women and their leadership. One of these, a learning lunch in honour of Women's Day in Cape Town takes place on 8 August. It will see Mbekani Group founder Judy Dlamini share key insights from...

  • Top startup events in South Africa, Africa you should know about this week [30/07/2018]

    As July draws to an end, the Department of Higher Education and Training is hosting the first of its nationwide Student Entrepreneurship Week events at Wits University in Johannesburg. The initiative, which kicks off today (30 July), encourages the youth to explore entrepreneurship rather than relying on formal employment. MEST Africa will explore crowdfunding tomorrow (31 July) in Cape Town with Catherine Du Ploy and Justene Josias. If you're in Zambia, you'll want to listen to ALU Education's Tolu Agunbiade as she talks about the ups and downs of starting and growing an African startup. This article is part of a weekly series that highlights...

  • Top startup events in South Africa, Africa you should know about this week [23/07/2018]

    Johannesburg has its share of exciting tech startup events this week, starting with a fireside chat tomorrow (24 July) with GEM Group executive chairman Leno Gunguluza. He will explore how the Fourth Industrial Revolution will impact businesses. In West Africa, Ghana will this week host its first environment-themed Startup Weekend between Friday and Sunday (27 and 29 July). Also in Ghana, MEST is hosting a masterclass on market research with Dominic Rasden on Wednesday (25 July). 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...

  • Top startup events in South Africa, Africa you should know about this week [16/07/2018]

    If you're thinking of expanding your startup outside of South Africa, you'll want to attend the Going Global workshop in Cape Town on Thursday (19 July) where representatives of startups that have taken that route will share their experiences with you. For those in Johannesburg, Heavy Chef is hosting serial entrepreneur Nic Haralambous on the same day (19 July) as he talks about failure. The Ghana Tech Summit which takes place between Wednesday and Friday (18 and 20 July) is one of West Africa's largest tech gathering with over 100 global speakers including representatives from Facebook, Uber, Airbnb, IBM, Microsoft and more. If you're in...