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Top startup events in South Africa, Africa you should know about this week [12/12/2016]

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.

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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

Silicon Cape Elections

On Wednesday 14th December we nominate new community members, provide guidance on what each portfolio is to focus on and achieve, and join subcommittees – the implementation engines of the Council

Date: 14 December, 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Location: Workshop 17, Watershed, V&A Waterfront, Dock Road, Cape Town

Lean (Startup) Coffee

For people working in startups, lean (startup) coffee is a weekly 1-hour coffee that runs a mash-up of with

Date: 14 December, 8:30am to 9:30am
Location: TRUTH. coffeecult, 1 Somerset Road, Green Point


Business Networking

Focusing on building long term business relationships through word of mouth referrals. We are looking for professionals in selected industries to join us and were we tap into one another’s networks to grow each of our businesses.

Date: 14 December, 7:00am to 8:30am
Location: The Street Cafe (Rosebank Union Church), 40 St Andrews Road

Beth Malatji’s Book Launch and Year end Success Celebratory for Startups

You are invited to join Beth as she celebrates her latest adventure “The Bootstrapper’s lifesaving hacks” book. The book has a compilation of all the tools startups need to scale, if they don’t want or can’t acquire funding.

Date: 14 December, 6:00pm
Location: The Graft Yard, Heathway Shopping Centre, Castle Hill Street


SME Training Workshop – “How to Win Customers”

Your company exists only to create value for customers and earn profit by selling this value to them. The more you understand your prospective customers’ most pressing problems and needs, the easier it is to sell solutions that you can deliver. Join us as we network with other like-minded entrepreneurs and discuss on how best you could win your customers!

Date: 16 December, 9:30am to 1:00pm
Location: Strathmore Business School, Ole Sangale Road, Nairobi City

Cashflow & Working Capital Management Seminar

The objective of this module is to give insights on how to maintain a healthy liquidity for the business so that it can operate smoothly.

Date: 16 December, 8:30am to 4:30pm
Location: Villa Rosa Kempinski, Chiromo Road, Nairobi



Jelly is a casual coworking event we host every third Friday each month, where freelancers, home workers and people running small businesses meet up in order to get out of their normal space, meet some new people and work together in a social environment. It’s a mixture of work, chat, comparing of ideas, passing on tips, and maybe even collaboration on a new project.

Date: 16 December, 9:00am to 5:00pm
Location: CapitalSquare, Lekki – Epe Express Road, Ikoyi, Lekki, Lagos


Female Founder Online Demo Day: Watch Presentations from Up-and-Coming Startups

On this special, online “Female Founder Demo Day” event, five up-and-coming female-led startups from across the globe will present their businesses to top venture capital investors for feedback.

Date: 13 December, 7:30pm
Location: Online

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

Feature image: Ninara via Flickr.

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