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Events

  • First speakers confirmed for TechCrunch Startup Battlefield Africa

    Nigeria's former communication technology minister Omobola Johnson and Singularity Investments principal investment officer Lexi Novitske are among the first speakers confirmed for this year's TechCrunch Startup Battlefield Africa -- which takes place in Lagos in December. The startup competition will see some of the continent's hottest startups competing to be crowned Africa's best startup. In addition, the event -- which is set to take place on 11 December -- will also feature panel discussions and keynotes from high-powered industry leaders that will explore the best tech in Africa and how the technology investment landscape is changing. In a statement today (23 October), US tech publication TechCrunch said...

  • Here’s how to qualify for 10% discount on Seedstars Africa Summit tickets

    Seedstars World, one of the largest startup competitions for emerging markets, will host the fourth edition of its annual Seedstars Africa Summit in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania in December. As part of an agreement with Seedstars, Ventureburn readers will get 10% off the ticket price. The summit, which will be held from 11 to 13 December, aims to bridge the gap between the various ecosystem roleplayers and help connect regional stakeholders to promote tech entrepreneurship as a way to impact people’s lives. The summit will kick off with a bootcamp, where participating startups will have an opportunity to meet the mentors in fields like growth...

  • Top startup events in South Africa, Africa you should know about this week [22/10/2018]

    This week Startup Grind Johannesburg will host Retroviral founder Mike Sharman as he tackles the do’s and don’ts of a perfect pitch on Tuesday (23 October). In Kenya, African Business Angel Network Tom Davies and SA funding consultant Alexandra Fraser will on Thursday (25 October) conduct a workshop on valuation and deal structuring. In Nigeria, Ventures Platform will on (26 October) host a sit-down between the Nigerian government and startups to discuss how the government can help create a favourable environment for startups. This article is part of a weekly series that highlights all the top startup events, competitions, networking sessions, workshops and conferences in Africa. If...

  • Top startup events in South Africa, Africa you should know about this week [15/10/2018]

    The biggest tech startup event taking place on the continent this week is DEMO Africa 2018. It's happening in Casablanca this Thursday and Friday (18 and 19 October). In Cape Town, the Seedstars Cape Town pitch event on Friday (19 October) will see 10 startups battle it out in front of an investment panel for an opportunity to represent the country at both the regional and global Seedstars Summits. In Joburg, the second edition of the Tropics Business Summit will run from Tuesday to Saturday (16 to 20 October) under the theme “Accelerating startups in emerging markets through financial partnerships for inclusive growth...

  • Four events, activities to look out for at GITEX Future Stars 2018 [Sponsored]

    This year's edition of Gitex Future Stars is jam-packed with activities, workshops and conferences. Arguably one of the largest global startup events in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) and South Asia, Gitex Future Stars will take place between 14 and 17 October at the Dubai World Trade Centre. Over 60 speakers are due to speak at the summit, while three dedicated conference tracks on smart cities, finance and digital marketing promise to give attendees practical insights on these industries. Although most of the events and workshops at Gitex Future Stars are free -- a few are paid for or invitation only -- attendees will have to...

  • Kenya to host International Open Data Conference in 2020

    Kenya is preparing to host a major tech summit, following an announcement just days ago that the sixth International Open Data Conference (IODC) will be held in Nairobi in 2020 -- the first time the gathering will take place in Africa. Kenya's bid to host the conference -- which is a bi-annual premier gathering of key stakeholders of open data from government, civil society, academia and innovators, among others -- was announced last month during the closing ceremony of the fifth IODC. The 2018 conference was held in Buenos Aires, Argentina last month. In a statement last week Wednesday (3 October) the Kenyan government said the conference is...

  • Top startup events in South Africa, Africa you should know about this week [8/10/2018]

    This coming week, Johannesburg will host the 12J Indaba which takes place on Wednesday (10 October). Investment professionals will discuss best practice and key challenges that the sector currently faces. In Cape Town, Startupbootcamp Afritech programme manager Nsovo Nkatingi will share her insights on how to put together a winning pitch deck, at an event at UCT's Solution Space on Thursday (11 October). In East Africa, the third edition of the AfriLabs Annual Gathering, themed "Innovation in the data age" will take place from Thursday to Saturday (11 to 13 October) at the Golden Tulip Hotel in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. In West Africa, the African Development Bank...

  • Top startup events in South Africa, Africa you should know about this week [1/10/2018]

    Startup Grind Cape Town will kick start October by hosting Africa Women Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum (Awief) CEO Irene Ochem this Wednesday (3 October). If you're a poker fan, specifically Texas Hod'em, then you'll want to attend a First Thursday Poker event for startups and entrepreneurs taking place in Cape Town on 4 October. There's a R100 buy-in and a R100 entrance fee. In Joburg? YDIDI youth network founder Neo Rantele Kuaho will discuss how he reached his first million in turnover at THUD event taking place on Wednesday (3 October). This article is part of a weekly series that highlights all the top startup...

  • Outlierz Ventures to represent Morocco at MENA TechCrunch Startup Battlefield

    Casablanca-based African focused seed investment fund Outlierz Ventures is set to represent Morocco at the Middle East and North Africa's (MENA) first TechCrunch Startup Battlefield. Outlierz Ventures founder and managing partner Kenza Lahlou (pictured above) is among the confirmed main-stage speakers set to attend the event taking place in Beirut, Lebanon on 3 October. The venture capital (VC) fund, which Lahlou founded last year, invests ticket sizes ranging between $50 000 and $200 000 in tech-enabled companies solving a real problem in a key sector with an innovative approach and a scalable business model. At least two African VCs, Fla6Labs Cairo and Outlierz Ventures are set to...

  • Top startup events in South Africa, Africa you should know about this week [24/09/2018]

    The biggest startup events taking place on the continent this week are in West Africa. The first is the Lagos Startup Week which since 2015 has brought together the ecosystem of technology agents driving business innovation. Organisers expect over 5000 attendees will attend this year's edition which takes kicks off today (24 September) and ends on Sunday (30 September). The Ghana STEM Conference, the flagship event of Africa Science Week, is a full-day event incorporating keynote addresses, panel discussions and exhibition opportunities for several businesses under the theme "Accelerating Growth and Development through STEM”. The conference takes place this Friday (28 September). In South...