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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.
Attend a marketing workshop that help business owners, managers and freelancers advertise their business correctly and effectively. Topics will include social media issues, customer loyalty incentives, and flyer advertising.
Date: 7 June, 1pm to 2pm
Location: The Woodstock Exchange, Block A / 4th Floor, 66 Albert Road, Woodstock
Join Gwen Serrotti, the CEO and founder of Xtraordinary Women, who will address attendees on understanding their entrepreneurial journey and how important each one is as well as what you can learn by sharing them.
Date: 10 June, 8am to 11am
Location: Erinvale Golf Estate, Lorensford Road, Somerset West, Cape Town
Each meetup is focused on various solutions that can be implemented to bolster the growth of black entrepreneurs in South Africa. The meetup aims to provide advice, mentorship and access to resources for black entrepreneurs.
Date: 10 June, 1pm to 3pm
Location: Baxter Theatre, coffee shop, Main Rd, Rondebosch, Cape Town
Focusing on building long term business relationships through word-of-mouth referrals. Professionals in selected industries can join this networking session where they can tap into one other’s networks and grow their business. Be sure to inform the organisers of your profession before joining the meeting.
Date: 7 June, 7:00am to 8:30am
Location: The Street Cafe (Rosebank Union Church), 40 St Andrews Road
After the wildly popular and successful event last month (over 140 attendees), FuckUp Nights is back this month with more speakers, more fuckups and more lessons learned. Fuckup Nights is a global movement born in Mexico in 2012 to share business failure stories. Hundreds of people attend each event to hear three to four entrepreneurs share their failures. Each speaker is given seven minutes and is able to use 10 images.
Date: 8 June, 7pm to 9pm
Location: 158 Jan Smuts Building, Rosebank, Johannesburg
Lean Coffee is an agenda-less event which gives its participants the floor to choose the agenda as well as to constructively debate and explore it. There are a limited number of spots available.
Date: 9 June, 8am to 10am
Location: Fournos Bakery, Baker Square, Corner Baker & Craddock Avenues, Johannesburg
This month’s event features Lambros Argirys, who comes from a family of restauranteurs and together with Stavros Florias, opened the first News Café in Hatfield, Pretoria.
Date: 8 June, 5.30pm to 8pm
Location: Standard Bank, Hatfield Plaza, 1120 Burnett St, Hatfield, Pretoria
This course aims to teach participants how to use big data and analytics on how to better enhance their business. The course will cover various aspects such as how to perform and build statistical models and how to use data analytic tools among other insights.
Date: 8 June, 7am till late
Location: Strathmore Business School, Ole Sangale Road, Nairobi City, Nairobi
Join experienced female entrepreneurs and investors for a mock pitching night. Use this opportunity to receive honest feedback before a major pitching competition or to just find ways to improve your business.
Date: 8 June, 1pm to 4pm
Location: The Hub East Africa, Waiyaki Way Nairobi, Nairobi
This networking event focuses on establishing an interactive platform for entrepreneurs through coaching. The theme for this event is Business Growth and Expansion.
Date: 10 June, 8am to 1pm
Location: Hotel Six Eighty, Rehema House, Muindi Mbingu St, Nairobi, Kenya
The bootcamp will aim to provide entrepreneurs with strategic business and financial management skills. It will cover topics such as understanding entrepreneurship, mastering the enterprise, growing the enterprise and planning and managing a successful exit.
Date: 10 June, 8:30am to 12:30pm
Location: 5th Floor ACK Garden House, 1st Ngong Avenue, Nairobi County, Nairobi
The conference aims to host 100 entrepreneurs to experience full day practical sessions as well as informative talks and discussions.
Date: 8 June, 10am to 2:30pm
Location: To be communicated to selected participants.
Join Cranium One at their fireside chat for female entrepreneurs interested in software development in Nigeria. The chat will aim to inspire participants by sharing the stories of successful female entrepreneurs.
Date: 9 June, 10am to 2:30pm
Location: Cranium One, Plot 1 Towry Close, Victoria Island, Lagos
Have a startup event that you’d like featured on next week’s event roundup? Send us an email