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Events

  • 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...

  • Here’s why Gitex Future Stars 2018 is set to be bigger, better [Sponsored]

    With its debut last year, Gitex Future Stars established itself as one of the largest global startup events in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) and South Asia -- and this year's edition promises to be bigger and better. Want to rub shoulders, network and connect with VCs from around the world? Looking to sell your tech to a pool of over 4000 buyers or maybe you simply want to check out what the latest innovations are that startups from around the world are coming up with? Then you'll want to attend Gitex Future Stars 2018 -- which runs alongside Gitex Tech Week  -- and is...

  • Top startup events in South Africa, Africa you should know about this week [17/09/2018]

    What is the true meaning of financial inclusion and is innovation really making a difference? If you're in Joburg you'll want to attend an Emerging Payments Association debate on this topic this Thursday (20 September). For those in Cape Town, join the MEST Africa team tomorrow at the MEST Incubator in Woodstock as they share their experience working with entrepreneurs from across the continent. In Abuja, Nigeria on Thursday (20 September), a panel of experts and thought leaders will discuss the role of innovation in improving Nigeria's health system at a health innovation thought leadership talk session to be held at Civic...

  • Top startup events in South Africa, Africa you should know about this week [10/09/2018]

    If you're based in Cape Town go see the SA Innovation Summit which kicks off on Wednesday (12 September) and runs till Friday (14 September). The annual flagship event is a platform for nurturing, developing and showcasing African innovation, as well as facilitating innovation thought leadership. For those working with artificial intelligence (AI), you might want to attend AI Expo Africa 2018 which kicked off yesterday (9 September) and closes tomorrow (11 September). The expo will cover the trends driving the AI economy in Africa. This article is part of a weekly series that highlights all the top startup events, competitions, networking sessions, workshops and conferences in Africa. If...

  • Cape Town set to host first SA Digital Health Conference this October

    The first South African Digital Health Conference is set to take place next month in Cape Town. The conference -- which is in an initiative of the UCT's Faculty of Health Sciences and Digital Health -- will take place on 2 October at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) and will focus on opportunities and challenges in digital health. Confirmed speakers include Technology Innovation Agency (TIA) acting executive for innovation enabling support Sarusha Pillay, Iyeza Express founder and co-director of Iyeza Health Sizwe Nzima, Hello Doctor founder Dr Michael Mol, hearX CEO Nic Klopper, and RecoMed CEO Sheraan Amod. The inaugural South African Digital Health Conference is...

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