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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.
Not all of the events are free and some will require booking in advance. Please click on the event names to find out more information.
Cape Town & Stellenbosch
This course is for individuals who are completely new to digital currencies and blockchain technology. The course covers the basics of money, bitcoin and the blockchain, bitcoin and wallet security, compliance and regulation and highlights the future of this space as well as the companies and institutions globally and locally that are currently using this technology.
Date: 3 May, 9am to 3pm
Location: The Bandwidth Barn, Block B, 3rd Floor, Woodstock Exchange, 7925
This event takes the form of a Q&A with Duran De Villiers from SteadiDrone and covers the topic of getting your Product “Off the ground”. SteadiDrone develops, manufactures and export advanced small unmanned aerial systems, commonly known as drones. Their products are used around the globe by many different clients in an almost endless variety of applications and uses.
Alan Ball and Saadiq Jacobs, the creators of EchoQuad, will also speak about the successes they’ve had with their respective UAV and FPV racing products and businesses.
Date: 3 May, 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Location: Bandwidth Barn
This event aims to address the continuous changes and growing uncertainty around the ambit of the B-BBEE codes including recent changes to industry sector codes (tourism, construction, etc.), it has become evident that companies need to prudently scrutinise how they are affected by these changes and how it essentially affects them in the long run despite numerous objections to the amended B-BBEE codes which have now been clarified as being effective from 1 May 2015.
Date: 4 May, 8am to 10am
Location: Mazars House, Century City
For the third year running, Columbia Business School seeks to create a unique collaboration between Executive MBA students and SA start-up entrepreneurs.
The goal is to craft an idea-sharing platform in which both the EMBA students and the entrepreneur can gain insight into innovation and business.
Date: 4 May, 2pm to 5pm
Location: Workshop 17
In May the #TechTalkCPT event looks in detail at what it is like to live in the most hostile continent known to man for a year.
For the past 54 years, South Africa has sent down a group of 10 individuals. This talk covers Antarctica, South Africa’s involvement on the continent, and focuses on the scientific instruments maintained during the year. Daleel Lilla will be speaking to us about his experience, his work and photography done whilst on Antartica.
Daleel Lilla is currently an Engineer with the EDA division of the South African National Space Agency. He’s recently returned from a year long expedition in Antarctica, where he was responsible for the SuperDARN Radar. When he isn’t focused on electronics, he’s honing in on his photography skills.
Date: 4 May, 6pm to 8pm
Location: 22 Seven
Do you have South Africa’s next big idea?
The Barn Woodstock will be hosting a full day of ideation and creative thinking in the lead-up to InnoTech 2016. This ideation session is open to anyone who is interested, but is also a chance for InnoTech applicants to show their creative and critical skills. Its aim to help participants break their own restrictive patterns of thinking and discover depths of creative, innovative thinking.
Date: 6 May, 8:30am to 4:00pm
Location: Bandwidth Barn
This two day workshop is facilitated by IDWork’s Arjun Khoosal and is aimed at computer science enthusiasts & graduates who have programmed before in other languages, but not in python.
Date: 7-8 May
Broaden your understanding of the global economy, learn about an African start-up, and challenge yourself with new strategies for critical thinking at ALU’s MBA for a Night. Professor Catherine Duggan, Vice Dean of the ALU School of Business (and formerly a professor at Harvard Business School) will lead an interactive evening that will give participants a taste of a few of the courses in ALU’s groundbreaking new MBA degree.
Date: 5 May, 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Location: Ozumba Mbadiwe Ave, Lagos
This class aims to show entrepreneurs how to architect and build an effective financial model, and how to utilize it as an essential tool for business planning, forecasting and decision-making.
Date: 7 May, 9:00am to 12:00pm
Location: 1 Adeola Odeku Street
With multiple speakers, this is the fourth edition of the faire, presented by the Amani Institute, in collaboration with iHub. The aim of the faire is to help entrepreneurs learn how to overcome the mishaps and mistakes that others have made.
Date: 4 May, 6:30pm to 9:00pm
This is the May edition of the Strathmore Alumni Entrepreneurs Forum. Topics to be discussed include Business Pitching, Discussion and Networking Session.
Date: 4 May, 7:00am to 8:00am
Location: Strathmore Business School
Every Unlocked @ iSpace series provides startups with access to knowledge, expertise and connections to both fill capacity gaps and to enable the connection of great minds while leveraging talents.
This week’s meetup includes a discussion on generating a financial Statement as a startup
Date: 5 May, 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Location: iSpace Foundation