Top startup events in South Africa, Africa you should know about this week [17/10/2016]

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

Venture Lab Learning Lunch by MTN Solution Space 

This event will be presented by Paul Tomes, the founder of PITCH and will advise entrepreneurs on how to successfully pitch their business through presentations, talks and podcasts.

Date: 17 October 2016
Location: UCT GSB MTN Solution, 9 Portswood Road, Cape Town CBD

Discuss How to Get Rich Quickly and Stay Rich Forever

Getting rich is one thing, staying rich is another. This event will focus on how to earn more as well as how your mindset can affect your financial gain.

Date: 18 October 2016
Location: The Townhouse Hotel, 60 Corporation Street, Cape Town CBD

SAP Rise Cape Town

SAP and Rise Cape Town will play host to the top fintech finalists who will compete to be crowned the winner of the SAP Startup Focus Forum 2016.

Date: 20 October 2016
Location: 66 – 68 Albert Road, Woodstock

SharePoint Saturday Cape Town 2016

SharePoint Saturday focuses on all things SharePoint and will cover Office 365, Azure and Skype for Business. This event is free and open for anyone to attend.

Date: 22 October 2016
Location: Sanlam Head Office,2 Strand Road, Bellville


Lioness Lean In Encore Entrepreneur Session

The entrepreneur session is a breakfast networking event to empower female entrepreneurs through the success of some of SA’s top businesswomen.

Date: 18 October 2016
Location: Standard Bank Incubator, Cradock Place, 5 Cradock Road, Rosebank

Pitch Night at Wits

Wits in partnership with the JSE will be hosting the Venture Network where startups can pitch and demo their products as well as network with industry professionals in attendance.

Date: 18 October 2016
Location: Founders Square, Tshimologong Precinct, 45 Juta Street, Braamfontein, Johannesburg

Business Speed Dating 

Networking can be difficult if you’re not very confident. Business Speed Dating tries to remedy that awkwardness by introducing a speed dating factor to help you link up with potential clients and investors.

Date: 20 October 2016
Location: Radisson Blu Hotel, Rivonia Road, Sandton


SME Coaching Breakfast 

A coaching meeting that seeks to help SMEs improve their management, production as well as their strategy, goals and mission.

Date: 21 October 2016
Location: Lavington Mall, Melvins Cafe, James Gichuru Road, Nairobi

Sinapis Finance Workshop

The workshop aims to educate entrepreneurs on how to better manage their money and how to minimise cost while maximising profits earned.

Date: 22 October 2016
Location: NPC/CITAM Valley Road, Christ Is The Answer Ministries, Valley Road, Nairobi


Business Analysis – Essentials

This 2-day course aims to equip the participants with key insights on business analysis as well as how various strategies are employed.

Date: 19 October 2016
Location: Training Centre, Ikeja, Lagos

The Lagos Business Opportunity Meetings

Participants can enjoy a 12-week free entrepreneur bootcamp as well as ongoing mentorship and training from experienced business leaders.

Date: 19 October 2016
Location: Prestigious Eagle Hall 21 /23, Aromire Avenue off Adeniyi Jones Street, Ikeja, Lagos

Agric & Export Business Practice

This workshop is geared toward the entrepreneurial development and diversification of those in attendance.

Date: 21 October 2016
Location: Floodgate Centre by NIPCO filling station,near Lagos Business School Ajah,Lekki-Epe expressway Etin-Osa, Lagos

JCI Lagos Royale Business Summit (RBS)

The RBS seeks to give entrepreneurs a perfect starting point to launch their business. This year’s summit will focus on farming, blogging, photography, waste management and acting.

Date: 20 October 2016
Location: Mulliner Towers, 39 Kingsway Road, Beside NNPC Filling Station, Lagos

Digital Business in a Box 

At this event, participants will learn how to gear their business for the online market. Participants will be introduced to online marketing as well as its benefits and components.

Date: 22 October 2016
Location: Anthony Village, Lagos

Have a startup event that you’d like featured on next week’s event roundup? Send us an email.

 Featured image: Damien du Toit via Flickr 



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