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Top startup events in South Africa, Africa you should know about this week [09/01/2017]

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

Venture Incubation Program (VIP) Summer School Info Session

The Venture Incubation Program (VIP) Summer School will be running from the 1st March – 31st May 2017. We’re looking for BIG IDEAS, backed with a BUSINESS CASE and most importantly DEDICATION to BUILDING A BUSINESS. Through the program entrepreneurs will move their business forward, utilising workspace, mentors, expert advisors, peer-support, workshops and other valuable resources.

Date: 12 January, 4:30pm to 6:00pm
Location: Graduate School of Business, 9 Portswood Road, V&A Waterfront

Lean (Startup) Coffee

For people working in startups, lean (startup) coffee is a weekly 1-hour coffee that runs a mash-up of with Unlike other startup meetups, lean (startup) coffee is agendaless, speakerless and talks about what you care about. We each propose topics, vote on them and talk about the most popular ones for a few minutes. Come visit to see how it works.

Date: 11 January, 8:30am to 9:30am
Location: TRUTH. coffeecult, 1 Somerset Road, Green Point


January Free Networking for Co-founders Meetup

Do you have an idea and need a co-founder to help you build it? Do you have skills to support an ideas-person and want to join as a co-founder? Then this is the place to be! Think of it as speed-dating for business founders-to-be.

Date: 10 January, 7:00pm
Location: N/A

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

Learn How To Invest Better

Increasing your wealth is what we aim to do, our professionals are here to share with you all their tips and tricks in which they have acquired over the years of forex trading. Don’t miss out on the most important seminar of your financial career.

Date: 14 January, 9:30am to 12:30pm
Location: Hilton Sandton, 138 Rivonia Road, Sandton


Innovate4Life Meet Up 1

Innovate for Life is an active call by Amref Health Africa to innovative teams across the globe in preparation for the Africa Health Agenda International Conference. The call rallies innovators to participate in a two-day start-up hackathon in Nairobi, Kenya on March 7 and 8, 2017, with the purpose of developing solutions that respond to the significant challenges faced by mothers and infants across the continent. The solutions will seek to reduce the high rates of maternal and newborn deaths in Africa.

Date: 12 January, 8:00am to 4:00pm
Location: Nailab, George Padmore Lane, Nairobi

Lapid Leaders Africa Open Day

Lapid Leaders Africa is an organisation whose mission is to prepare young guys to be values-driven leaders and entrepreneurs in the marketplace. We do that through these 3 pillars: Lead Self, Lead Marketplace and Lead Africa Lead Self is aimed at building your level of self-awareness; who are you, what are your strengths and weakness, and help you realise the environments in which you would thrive. It also helps you overcome any barriers that could hinder you from being the best version of yourself (Freed to be Self).

Date: 14 January, 8:00am to 4:00pm
Location: The Navigators Kenya, Nairobi,


Free Business Coaching For Start Ups

It is designed for business start ups and small business owners who wish to move their business to the next level. Many business owners are struggling and are barely able to break even in in these times of recession.

Date: 14 January, 10:30am to 1:30pm
Location: Benin City Siluko Road, Before Oliha Market, Benin City, Edo


BILL CLERICO “Unleashed”– CEO/Founder WePay, Raised $74M, All Before Turning 30!

Join us in kicking off the New Year on JANUARY 12, 2017 with our youngest guest to take the ASV stage, the highly acclaimed Bill Clerico, CEO and Co-Founder of WePay. WePay is currently the leading payments company for platform businesses like marketplaces, crowdfunding sites & small business software, processing billions annually for platforms like:

Date: 12 January, 4:45am to 6:30am
Location: online


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