Top startup events in South Africa, Africa you should know about this week [03/07/2017]

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.

Cape Town

Code101: Learn Basics of HTML, CSS & JavaScript

Code101 is an immersive experience to learn the basics of HTML, CSS and JavaScript in twice a week sessions for four weeks (runs from 3 July to 27 July). You don’t need any experience – absolute beginners are welcome.

Date: 3 July and 6 July, 7pm to 9pm
Location: 403 Old Castle Brewery, 6 Beach Road, Woodstock

Lean Coffee

For people working in startups, lean (startup) coffee is a weekly one hour coffee meetup that runs a mash-up of with

Date: 5 July 8.30pm to 9.30pm
Location: 1 Somerset Road, Green Point, Cape Town

#CapeMarketing Workshops for Small Businesses in Woodstock

Join networking professional Bridget Knight at a workshop dedicated to teaching you ways to build and strengthening your networks. Participants are free to discuss any issue relating to their particular marketing situation.

Date: 5 July, 1pm to 2pm
Location: The Cape Town Garage, The Woodstock Exchange, Block A / 4th Floor, 66 Albert Road, Woodstock


Dr Imogen Wright, a recovering theoretical physicist turned bioinformatics software developer, will talk about the experience of communicating catastrophe, what works and what doesn’t, and some tentative suggestions that we can all consider to help us become the kind of species that can weather the coming storms.

Date: 5 July, 6pm to 8.30pm
Location: 22Seven, 60 Hout Street, Cape Town

Startupbootcamp Cape Town FastTrack 

The Startupbootcamp Cape Town programme will hold a FastTrack day as part of its international tour to support the area’s best talents. With only 10 spots available for the day, the earlier you apply the higher your chances are of attending the event. Applications close four days before the event.

Those selected will be able to present their innovative ideas to the Startupbootcamp team, and have the opportunity to receive mentor feedback and learn more about the Cape Town based Startupbootcamp accelerator programme. (To find out more about applying for Startupbootcamp Cape Town’s programme read this Ventureburn story).

Date: 7 July, 8.30am to 5pm
Location: Old Mutual Park, Pinelands, Cape Town

Unicorns, Gazelles & Leapfrogs – Fast tracking our ecosystem

Elevation Holdings, SAB Foundation and The Solution Space at the UCT Graduate School of Business, will be hosting Jason Levin, Director at Elevation Holdings, who will be talking through his report which takes a fresh look at the SA startup ecosystem (Read Ventureburn’s story on the report here).

Date: 7 July, 8.30am to 10.15am
Location: MTN Solution Space, 9 Portswood, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town


Startup Grind Pretoria

Join Startup Grind Pretoria this week when Startup Grind’s Guillaume De Smedt will be in conversation with Evan Walther a “former fat kid” turned fitness enthusiast, and co-founder of FitKey.

Date: 4 July, 5.30pm to 8pm
Location: Standard Bank Hatfield Hub


Blockchain 101 training

Bithub in Nairobi is running several training sessions in July on blockchain Apart from the one this week, training sessions will also be held on 12 and 14 July. There are only a limited number of spots available.

Date:  5 July, 5.30pm to 8pm
Location: Space Kenya, Timau Plaza (Building With SubWay), Argwings Kodhek Road, Hurlingham, Nairobi

Edtech Nairobi meets Edtech Cape Town

Edtech Nairobi hosts Jamie Martin, an education specialist at Boston Consulting Group who is setting up Africa’s first EdTech dedicated incubator and fund. Come and engage with Martin and see how you can tap into the vast resources available in the community.

Date: 5 July, 6pm
Location: Spire Office, Daykio Plaza, Ngong Lane (off Ngong Road, next to Prestige), Nairobi


TechPlus 2017

TechPlus Conference & Expo is one of Africa’s largest Tech gathering where new technology comes to life, new products are launched and innovation converges.

Date: 6 to 8 July, 8am to 6pm
Location: Landmark Centre, Water Corporation Road, Lagos


Startup Grind Luanda

Join the first Startup Grind event to be held in Luanda. Chapter director Jose Carlos Santos will be in conversation with agribusiness expert Marcia Gaspar, who will talk on Angola’s potential as an agribusiness centre and the soil quality and tech behind agriculture. For more on the new Startup Grind Luanda chapter click here to read Ventureburn’s interview with Santos.

Date: 6 July, 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Location: VitaHub – Condominio Dolce Vita – Edificio 1B – third floor, Samora Machel Avenue (Ex. Via S8), Talatona, Luanda

Featured image: Tim Dorr via Flickr (CC 2.0, resize)



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