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Looking to get into the South African startup scene or catch 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 event welcomes any entrepreneur or corporate dabbling in blockchain to discuss, share and learn about shared experiences. It is an informal event allowing you to make as many contacts and networks as possible.
Date: 25 April, 1pm to late
Location: Bootleggers, Cape Quarter, shop 45, Cape Quarter, 27 Somerset Road, Greenpoint
Join Startup Grind Cape Town and Stephen Larkin of Africa New Energies to learn about venture capital, Section 12J, tax breaks and many other funding methods.
Date: 25 April, 5:30pm to 8:30pm
Location: Workshop 17, 17 Dock Road, V & A Waterfront, Cape Town
This event is aimed at any businessman and woman looking to expand their networks and relationships. The event will teach participants how to look for viable networks as well as how to build them.
Date: 25 April, 6pm to 9:30pm
Location: Winchester Mansion Hotel, 300 Beach Rd, Sea Point, Cape Town
This networking event hosted by Business Networking International (BNI) welcomes all entrepreneurs to join a group of 30 business owners to build stronger relationships and networks relating to their industries. The group however only caters for one person per industry. If your industry already has a representative, you will be referred to another chapter which has a vacancy.
The breakfast is R130 and needs to be paid in advance for a seat to be secured. You will also be required to register for the event before you’re able to attend.
Date: 26 April, 8:15am to 10am
Location: 144 Campground Road, Newlands, Cape Town
This event is an informal mini-masterclass hosted by Sean Clancy of Sales Rockit; the event gives entrepreneurs and corporates a safe space to discuss any issues, ideas or success in marketing any product or solution.
Date: 26 April, 1pm to 2pm
Location: Cape Town Garage, The Woodstock Exchange, Block A / 4th Floor, 66 Albert Road, Woodstock, Cape Town
This networking evening covers all thing entrepreneurship; you’ll not only learn from other entrepreneurs and businessmen and women, you’ll also be crowdsourcing solutions. The only cost is that each participant brings along a few snacks and drinks.
Date: 25 April, 1pm to 2pm
Location: 40 Morsim Road, Hyde Park, Sandton
Learn how to expand your business into markets within China. The event will touch on the various processes an entrepreneur or corporate must consider before entering that market.
The event will also touch on how to own and run a Wholly Foreign-Owned Enterprise (WFOE) the process of setting it up and the time and cost involved in doing so.
Date: 26 April, 7:30am to 9:30am
Location: Only shown to members
Join guest speaker Di Boyack as she talks about ‘Increasing Your Sales’. The event will aim to provide its participants with the various knowledge and skills which can be applied to increase their sales.
Date: 26 April, 9am to 10:30am
Location: 12 Herman Street, Germiston
The ICTIS focuses on the existing infrastructure required to support emerging technology. This two-day event will consist of technical sessions, presentations and discussions to identify noteworthy trends in technology.
The event will also explore trends within e-governance and cyber-security within ecommerce.
Date: 25 April, 8am to late
Location: Villa Rosa Kempinski Nairobi, Chiromo Road
The breakfast is held by Sophos in partnership with Smoothtel and Data Solutions and will address cloud and ICT security challenges using its next generation security solutions.
Date: 28 April, 7:30am to 10:30am
Location: Sankara Nairobi, Woodvale Grove, Nairobi
This six month programme will cover three pillars regarding acceleration: Knowledge, Network and Mentor/Coaching.
Over the course of 10 workshops, participants will go through various aspects of starting a new business from strategy to operations as well as marketing to management.
Date: 28 April, 8:30am to 5pm
Location: The Hub East Africa, Waiyaki Way, Nairobi
The African Women Power (AWP) Network will explore what it means to be a woman in tech and the challenges as well as progress surrounding that subject. It will also look at the general progress made by women in Science, Technology, Education and Mathematics (STEM).
Date: 25 April, 9:30am to late
Location: JobMag Center, 254 Herbert Macaulay Way, Yaba, Lagos
The breakfast aims to help grow startups and maximise profits within 90 days or less.
Date: 26 April, 10am to 11am
Location: 20 Alhaja Kofoworola Street, off Awolowo way @ Lagoon Hospital Ikeja, Ikeja, Lagos
Join the Regus Business Centre for the launch of its new business centre. The event will also feature a good networking and showcase opportunity where participants get to not only view possible working spaces but also connect with other startups.
Date: 26 April, 12pm to 4pm
Location: 6th floor, Landmark Towers 5b, Water Corporation Road, Oniru, Lagos
Join this masterclass for legal tips useful to your business and everyday life. The master class is presented by Nosa Ihaza of Skyline Solicitors and will aim to address any legal queries you might have.
Date: 28 April, 6pm to 8pm
Location: SBLS Training and Event Centre, 9/11 Kudirat Abiola Way, Opposite Kobis Eatery, Ikeja, Lagos
The event will look to teach participants how to secure investments to grow their businesses. The event is interested in, but not limited to, startups and emerging businesses in Agriculture, Manufacturing, Construction, HealthcCommoditiesoties and Hospitality.
Date: 28 April, 12pm to 3pm
Location: Cafe Neo, 6 Agoro Odiyan street, Victoria island, Lagos
This event is aimed at anyone looking to become an entrepreneur. Participants will learn the attributes of an entrepreneur, how to discover their own personal talents, how to generate business ideas through an ideas clinic and how to generate startup capital.
Date: 29 April, 9am to 5pm
Location: Sinbol Consult 55E, Adebisi Omotola Close, Victoria Island, Lagos
Join Startup Grind Lagos and the CEO of Payporite, Bassey Eyo as they discuss his journey as an entrepreneur, his success and his failings, as well as any useful advice for aspiring entrepreneurs.
Date: 29 April, 3pm to 5pm
Location: only known to members
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