Top startup events in South Africa, Africa you should know about this week [23/01/2017]

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.

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

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


After the successful first programme in 2016 the Barclays Accelerator, powered by Techstars, will be launching another cohort in 2017. To learn more about the Accelerator, join us for the Techstars-4-a-Day event. Techstars-4-a-day offers a sneak peak into Techstars. The day event will showcase each aspect of a Techstars program:

Date: 25 January, 9:00am to 6:30pm
Location: Barclays Rise, 5th Floor, Block B, Woodstock Exchange, 66 Albert Road

Elevating team performance through effective communication

Why do some teams succeed and others, in the same environment, fail? The answer is communication. Patterns of communication are the greatest predictor of team performance – more than personality, skill and substance combined. The key lies not in the volume or content but rather in the manner in which team members communicate with each other. This talk will outline the elements of communication displayed within successful teams and take participants through retrospective activities that will help Scrum teams develop strategies for better communication.

Date: 26 January, 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Location: CODEX, P3 Terrace Level, Portswood Square, Portswood Rd, V & A Waterfront

Johannesburg & Pretoria

Startup Grind: Matsi Modise (SiMODiSA)

Matsi Modise is the Managing Director of SiMODiSA, an industry association whose mission is to accelerate entrepreneurship in South Africa. She is the founder of Furaha Afrika Holding (Pty) Ltd and former National Executive Director of the South African Black Entrepreneurs Forum (SABEF).

Date: 24 January, 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Location: Standard Bank Incubator, 5 Cradock Ave, Rosebank

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

Breakfast Business Networking

The Purpose of this Business Networking meeting is to offer you the business owner a networking platform to promote your business/service. To meet new like minded business owners.

Date: 25 January, 8:30am
Location: Piza e Vino Eagles Landing, Corner of Scott and Christiaan de Wet Rd, Randpark Ridge

Tshwane Entrepreneurial Talk

It’ss a program designed to develop young people into entrepreneurship, providing them with a platform to interact with prominent business leaders and Government Institutions. The very most idea of the entrepreneurial Talk is to motivate both current and aspiring entrepreneurs and change their mindset about entrepreneurship. We aim to turn entrepreneurship into a lifestyle in South Africa.

Date: 27 January, 11:00am to 1:00pm
Location: Es’kia Mphahlele Community Library, 347 Vermeulen Street, Pretoria


#WhatsNext FinTech in Partnership with Visa

Nest in partnership with Visa are hosting a forum on the future of finance and technology on the 25th of January at Mettā Nairobi ( 6F Belgravia Building at 14 Riverside) in the early evening. The event dubbed #WhatsNext brings together some of the most brilliant people in payments space to ask them, #WhatsNext?

Date: 25 January, 5:00pm to 8:00pm
Location: Mettā Nairobi, 14 Riverside Drive, Nairobi, Nairobi County

Entrepreneurial meeting: 2017 kick off

This year we kick off 2017 in a high note. With our first entrepreneurs meet up in Nairobi. Are you an aspiring entrepreneur, do you have a start up, are you investing in something, are you looking for and investor, do you want to grow your nextworks,

Date: 27 January, 5:00pm to 8:00pm
Location: Diamond Hotel, Tom Mboya Street, Nairobi City, Nairobi County


The Entrepreneurs forum

There is never a perfect time to LIVE your DREAM. YOU are the DREAM and the TIME is NOW to awaken yourself by acting it out. You don’t have to be great to get started but you have to get started to be great. Today is the day to change your course of action; Join us at our Entrepreneurs Forum and begin your journey to a life of financial freedom.

Date: 26 January, 12:00pm to 2:00pm
Location: Surulere, 103, Ojuelegba road, Surulere, Lagos, Lagos

Womenpreneur Seminar for Women Entrepreneurs in Nigeria

A successful business is usually evidence of a highly skilled and informed business owner. Come and learn a variety of skills such as book-keeping, pricing, marketing and many more designed to give your business the extra edge needed to succeed.

Date: 26 January, 9:00am to 4:00pm
Location: Ibadan, Mauve 21 Event Centre, MKO Abiola Way (Ring Road), Ibadan, Ibadan, Oyo


8 Things that drive the value of a business

This webinar hosted by Steve Sutton on the 8 Things That Drive Company Value is dedicated to business owners. If you’re like a lot of entrepreneurs, you use your Profit & Loss statement as your report card at the end of the year. You may even use your P&L to figure out what your company is worth by applying a multiple to your profit.

Date: 26 January, 6:00pm
Location: Online


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Feature image: Jorge Láscar via Flickr.



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