Top startup events in South Africa, Africa you should know about this week [07/08/2017]

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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.

Cape Town

Co-working entrepreneurs Blouberg

Join other entrepreneurs and remote-workers on the first Monday of every month. Find out what co-working can do for you. This week’s event will be hosted by Matija Rukavina CEO of 800 Ventures.

Date: 7 August, 8pm to 5pm
Location: The CoworKite Office, 39 Blaauwberg Road, Table View, Cape Town

Rise Cape Town: Lunch & learn – Craft vs Enterprise

Do you know the difference between a craft and an enterprise? Tim Holmes, managing director at Sirdar South Africa will be running this workshop on “Craft versus enterprise” and “The law of three hats”. Additionally, Holmes will talk about working with local and foreign small and medium sized companies.

Date: 8 August, 1.30pm to 3pm
Location: Rise Cape Town, 5th Floor, Block B, Woodstock Exchange, 66 Albert Road, Cape Town

Thundafund weekly workshop

Thundafund is South Africa’s leading online crowdfunding marketplace for creatives and innovators. The workshop is for anyone who wants to learn more about crowdfunding.

Date: 8 August, 1pm to 2pm, 2pm to 3pm
Location: 108 Kloof Street, Gardens, Cape Town

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: 9 August, 8.30am to 9.30am
Location: 1 Somerset Road, Green Point, Cape Town

Information session on IBM Research Africa

Dr Tapiwa Chiwere, a research scientist at IBM research, will carry out a presentation covering IBM’s Research in Africa, startup incubation and small and medium sized enterprise acceleration opportunities on IBM’s enterprise development programme and joint research and development opportunities.

Date: 10 August, 1pm to 2pm
Location: Stellenbosch University, E202/203, Engineering Building, Stellenbosch

Catch up on innovations, new start ups and tech in Hout Bay!

Meet entrepreneurs working in tech from around Hout Bay.

Date: 11 August, 8am to 9.30am
Location: Earthworx Garden Worldcoffee shop, Corner Victoria and Valley Roads Hout Bay, Cape Town


StartUpNow Africa Entrepreneurship Summit

This three-day entrepreneurship summit will see African leaders, entrepreneurs, investors and innovators focus on designing solutions to challenges faced by Africans. Entrepreneurs with innovative valuable business ideas will get a chance to pitch their businesses and pitch at the StartUpNow Summit Open Pitch Competition.

Date: 11 to 17 August, 7pm to 10pm
Location: Michael Joseph Centre 1936 1945 Nairobi City, Nairobi County, Kenya


Renewable energy training

Learn how to start and profitably manage a renewable energy business from the leading energy experts in Nigeria.

Date: 7 to 12 August, 8.30am to 5pm
Location: National Center for Women Development, Central Business District Abuja, Lagos

Accelerate business seminar

Want to know how you manage transitions into entrepreneurship? Dr Ola Brown founder of Flying Doctors and Deola Adejuyibe, the CEO of Serve Consulting will discuss how to transit from being employed to being an entrepreneur.

Date: 12 August, 1am to 2pm
Location: Alausa Shopping Mall, 131 Obafemi Awolowo Way, Ijeka, Lagos


CGAP merchant payment workshop

This workshop will look at research carried out in the use of digital alternatives to cash in Ghana and across the region.

Date: 10 August, 8.30am to 12pm
Location: Swiss Spirit Hotel & Suites Alisa, Greater Accra Region, Ghana

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