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Looking to get into the South African startup scene or scratch up on some of your skills? Well, you’ve come to the right place. There are loads of competitions, networking sessions and workshops happening around South Africa and the rest of the continent (namely Kenya, Nigeria and Ghana) that we’ve rounded up to make your life a bit easier.
This article is part of a weekly series that highlights all the top startup competitions, networking sessions, workshops and conferences around South Africa, and the greater region. 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.
Now while many of us are slowly starting into the new year, it’s not a surprise that there aren’t that many events yet. Though we still thought it worthwhile to get the ball rolling on this series.
For all the female entrepreneurs out there, here’s a chance to get in touch with other like-minded people. The Ladies Entrepreneur Club Cape Town is kicking-off the year with a casual get together this week. As noted it’s purely an introductory group session, which means there will be no speakers or any formalities.
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Date: 25 January, 7pm
Problem solving and collaboration. That’s what coding is really all about. To encourage more people to write code together, the Code & Coffee Cape Town event invites the City’s programmers to drink coffee and learn from each other.
Sounds like your cuppa? Here’s the details.
Date: 28 January, 12pm to 2pm
Location: Workshop 17, The Watershed
This networking event for entrepreneurs and stakeholders will be treated to guest speaker Dr Sandra Johnson from Cape Peninsula University of Technology. She will be speaking on “One’s Value System — Inspiring Us for 2016”. The event comes with a price tag of R150 per person and includes beverages and light meals.
Interested? Find out more here.
Date: 28 January, 1:30pm to 4pm
Location: A Touch of Madness, Observatory
A three-hour talk by renowned real estate investor, serial entrepreneur, philanthropist JT Foxx. He will cover Business Growth, Marketing, Branding, Networking, Sales, Hiring, and to teach you how to really become a successful South African entrepreneur.
If you’re keen to attend one of his talks, click and sign up here.
Date: January 29, 9am & 1:15pm
Location: The Cape Town Ritz Hotel Corner Main
Date: January 30, 9am & 1pm
Location: Lagoon Beach Hotel
Startup Grind is a global startup community designed to educate, inspire, and connect entrepreneurs. This fire-side chat session will feature Marek Fuchs, entertainment MD for Sauti Sol, Kenya’s award winning afro pop group. In the three years that he has been with them, Sauti Sol has gone on several international tours, launched their album on a global stage in the Netherlands and won multiple awards.
For more information on this event, please follow this link.
Date: 27 January, 6pm
Location: Creatives Garage, Nairobi
Seedstars Africa seeks to connect entrepreneurs, investors and entrepreneurship ecosystems from around the continent with the world. The initiative has partnered with Moroccan startup organisation StartupYourLife to bring together 300 startup talents, investors, speakers and mentors from over 20 different countries across Africa and Europe.
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Date: 30 January
If there are any other interesting and productive occasions you’d like us to add to this list, please let us know in the comments below or send us an email.