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.
Startup Grind Cape Town introduces SweepSouth’s Aisha Pandor and Carl Wazen from Yoco this month. Pandor chat about their journey as well as the 500 Startups experience, while Wazen share some of his insights about his exciting fintech startup.
Tickets for the event are unfortunately sold out, but be sure to follow all the tweets and book your seat for next month’s Grind.
Date: 16 February, 5:30pm
The Foresight, Innovation and Leadership programme by the Technology Innovation Agency (TIA), is a six-day programme taught by distinguished personalities such as Professor Ruth Zaplin, Dr. Bill Cockayne and Daimler Benz.
According to TIA, this high-energy programme will leave participants more confident about how to forge new opportunities. More importantly, the programme will introduce ways in which leaders can put into practice these techniques when they return to work.
Click here to learn more about the initiative.
Date: 22 February to 26 February
Location: Camps Bay High School
This one should definitely be taken note of. The inaugural eCommerce Africa Confex is set to feature a topical blend of compelling conference sessions combined with an exhibition showcase. All sessions will be led by some of today’s key individuals who are shaping the eCommerce landscape in Africa.
Find out more here.
Date: 17 February to 18 February
Location: The CTICC
This one’s for the early-bird networker. Lean (startup) coffee is a weekly one-hour coffee meetup that runs a mash-up of leancoffee.org with theleanstartup.com — culminating in an agenda-less meeting which sets out to democratically generate topics and ideas.
The meetup is free to attend and you can register here. There’s also another Lean Coffee meeting happening on Thursday.
Date: 17 February, 8:30am to 09:30am
Location: TRUTH Coffee, Somerset Road, Greenpoint
This webinar seeks to teach the marketing systems of leading Silicon Valley apps, and real-world examples that will help participants grow your app even if you don’t have a marketing team or a marketing budget.
For more information, click here.
Date: 15 February, 8pm to 9pm
Locations: Online Webinar
Keen to learn more about the part-time, four-month entrepreneur training programme? Join the Information Session event where you’ll meet the local directors, learn more about the programme, and get your questions answered.
Date: 17 February, 6:30pm
The Challenge Cup is a worldwide tournament for the most promising, world-changing startups to win cash prizes, make international connections, and share their vision on a global stage. Come to hear pitches from high-potential companies from across Africa.
Date: 18 February, 6:00pm
Locations: Kenya National Theater
Please let us know in the comments below or send us an email if there are any cool events that we’ve left out this week.