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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.
This course is for individuals who understand the basics of digital currencies such as bitcoin and the blockchain technology. The course delves deeper into the concepts covered in the Bitcoin Beginner course such as mining, bitcoin transactions and payments.
Date: 24 May, 9:00am to 2:00pm
Location: The Bandwidth Barn, Block B, 3rd Floor, Woodstock Exchange
The UCT Graduate School of Business, Africa’s top business school, is now inviting applications to its pioneering MPhil specialising in Inclusive Innovation – a hands-on postgraduate degree that aims to generate practical and scalable sustainable solutions to African challenges.
Date: 26 May, 5:00pm to 6:00pm
Location: UCT Graduate School of Business
A Toastmasters meeting is a learn-by-doing workshop in which participants hone their speaking and leadership skills in a no-pressure atmosphere. There is no instructor in a Toastmasters meeting. Instead, members evaluate one another’s presentations. This feedback process is a key part of the program’s success.
Date: 26 May, 6:00pm to 8:30pm
Location: Corner of De Villiers & Constitution Streets, Zonnebloem
The Lioness Lean In Breakfast Series is based on a breakfast networking and speaker presentation format that is highly popular with women entrepreneurs in Africa. The format of each Lioness Lean In is a two-and-a-half hour event, commencing with breakfast and networking, followed by inspirational guest speakers sharing their own entrepreneurial journeys and experiences; a presentation on inspirational Lionesses of Africa from across the continent; a presentation from the sponsor; and rounded-off with an open Q&A session.
Date: 26 May, 8:30am to 11:30am
Location: 17 Dock Road, V & A Waterfront
This year, Seedstars world is back to South Africa with a bigger event that will find the best startups from Capetown, Durban, Soweto and Johannesburg. In their Capetown event, out of all the applicants, up to 12 startups will be invited to pitch in for the pre-selection, of which 3 will advance to the grand finale in Johannesburg on the 30th of June.
Date: 27 May, 4:00pm to 9:00pm
Location: 17 Dock Road, V & A Waterfront
The event is for anyone wanting to learn more about lift-off for their product or invention. It is a collaboration between TMARA and SiMODiSa.
Date: 25 May, 8:00am to 9:00pm
Location: 85 East Avenue, Atholl, Sandton
If you’re a starting entrepreneur, interested in growing your business into a professional and sustainable enterprise, then our Building Blocks are for you: 12 stand-alone 2-day workshops developed to take your strategy, operations, sales & marketing as well as supporting functions to the next level.
Date: 27 May to 28 May
Location: The Hub East Africa, Waiyaki Way
DEMO Africa is looking for 30 most innovative companies to launch their products and services in-front of investors, technology buyers and the media. The tour aims to bring together startups and technology industry players to look at ways through which innovations can be turned into business ventures. Entreprenuers from West Africa will get a chance to pitch to a panel of highly placed individuals in the tech sector.
Date: 26 May, 2:00pm to 5:00pm
Location: iDEA Accelerator
In this workshop, learn practical tools to help you recruit and retain top talent, and instill policies, frameworks and performance measures for long term growth.
Date: 28 May, 7:00pm to 10:00pm
Location: 9 Maitama Sule Street
Are you an innovator with a brilliant idea that will improve access to justice? Are you an entrepreneur who wants to innovate the ways SMEs do business? Do you have an innovation that has the power to empower families across Africa and the Middle East? Join Ayooshee Dookhee on a live Q&A and get a chance to participate in the SME and Family Innovating Challenges 2016.
Date: 25 May, 10:00am to 11:00am
Location: Google Hangouts