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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 them 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.
Looking to take your business idea to the development phase? Join business coach Bruce Wade as he teaches those in attendance to navigate their developmental process successfully.
Date: 13 June, 6pm to 9pm
Location: North Block, Upper Eastside, 31 Brickfield Road, Woodstock, Cape Town
This workshop will cover three key issues affecting businesses: What to address in your marketing message, what relevant issue you can address that will bump up your sales and what trends will affect your business this year.
These topics will be covered by award-winning consultant Landi Jac and entrepreneur Mike Handcock.
Date: 13 June, 7:30 am to 10:30am
Location: Avontuur Estate Restaurant 7130, R44, Somerset West
Stellenbosch 360 in partnership with Wesgro and the SA National Convention Bureau which will allow guests to connect with other local entrepreneurs. The event will also be sharing a business tourism strategy at the Indaba.
Date: 13 June, 8am to 4pm
Location: Hofmeyr Hall, Church Street, Stellenbosch
The meetup, hosted bi-weekly, cover the do’s and don’ts of financial planning. This event will include a Q&A session for those entrepreneurs looking to start their business or those who have already started one.
Date: 14 June, 1pm to 2pm
Location: Bootleggers, 207 Esplanade Road, Cape Town
Attend a marketing workshop that helps business owners, managers and freelancers advertise their business correctly and effectively. Topics will include social media issues, customer loyalty incentives, and flyer advertising.
Date: 14 June, 1pm to 2pm
Location: The Woodstock Exchange, Block A / 4th Floor, 66 Albert Road, Woodstock
This workshop will aim to accommodate entrepreneurs wishing to understand how to improve their cash flow management and associated risks.
Date: 14 June,8:30am to 12:30pm
Location: Simply states ‘winelands’ with no real location.
This event will cover topics related to building healthy habits and essential skills that can alter your business. Join guest speaker Elan Lohmann, founder of Sleekgeek as he explores how improving your health can directly impact your business.
Date: 15 June, 8am to 11am
Location: Ruslamere Guesthouse, Langeberg Road, Cape Town
The Hague Institute for Innovation of Law (HiiL) will be hosting a lunch session for entrepreneurs looking to tackle the justice system with their solutions. Representatives from HiiL and local experts will be at the lunch to host an informal presentation on legal innovation.
Date: 15 June, 1pm to 2:30pm
Location: Workshop 17, 17 Dock Road, Cape Town
This hackathon aims to source tech entrepreneurs with solutions that can assist the City of Tshwane in addressing service delivery challenges such as sustainable water energy and waste resources among others.
Date: 13 June, 9am till late
Location: CSIR International Convention Centre, Meiring Naude Road, Pretoria
The Business Networking International offers a safe space for participants to share ideas, contacts and business referrals. The invitation is open to any entrepreneur within any industry.
Date: 14 June, 7:15am to 8:45am
Location: Huddle Park in Linksfield, Club Street, Johannesburg
Lean Coffee takes the form of a relaxed networking event where the topics and solutions that get discussed are decided by the participants.
Date: 14 June, 7:30am till late
Location: Father Coffee, The Zone, Rosebank, Johannesburg.
Join Startup Grind Nairobi at their fireside chat with Food 4 Education founder Wawira Njiru as she talks about her journey as an entrepreneur as well as her successes and failures.
Date: 16 June, 6pm to 9pm
Location: Mettā Nairobi, 14 Riverside Drive, Belgravia Building, Nairobi, Nairobi County, Kenya
This bootcamp will aim to provide small and medium-sized businesses with strategic business and financial management skills. The bootcamp will also provide its participants with an opportunity to network with other established entrepreneurs.
Date: 17 June, 8:30am to 12:30pm
Location: 5th Floor ACK Garden House, 1st Ngong Avenue, Nairobi, Kenya
This event, hosted by the African Energy Mining and Infrastructure Corporation, is held in partnership with the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Federal Ministry of Mines and Steel Development, Federal Ministry of Science and Technology, Rainmaker Global Business Development, Global Development Solutions Canada, and the Canada-Nigeria Chamber of Commerce.
The programme aims to equip participants with skills to secure financing and attract investments among others.
Date: 13 June, 7:30 am to 6:30pm
Location: NIIA, 13/15 Kofo Abayomi Street, Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria
The summit will aim to gather the top financial executives across all industries and sectors in Nigeria to share their best practices and discuss the future of finance, accounting and business trends.
Date: 15 June, 5pm to 8pm
Location: Oriental Hotel, 3 Lekki – Epe Express Way, Lagos, Nigeria
This event will see the co-founder and executive of Sawubona Advisory Brainerd Odiete review the business planning processes of SMEs with a special focus on marketing strategies that have been used and proven to work by startups and established businesses.
Date: 15 June, 10am to 2pm
Location: The Training Hub, 131 Obafemi Awolowo Way, Alausa Shopping Mall, Ikeja, Lagos, Nigeria