Top startup events in South Africa, Africa you should know about this week [26/09/2017]

Looking to get into the South African startup scene or brush 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

Lean Coffee

For those working in startups, lean (startup) coffee is a weekly one hour coffee meetup that runs a mashup of with

Date: 27 September, 8.30am to 9.30am
Location: 1 Somerset Road, Green Point, Cape Town

Venture Lab Learning Lunch

The Venture Lab’s Learning Lunch series provides a space for entrepreneurs to learn from experts in their field. This week’s event will focus on user experience (UX) design for busy startups.

Date: 27 September, 1pm to 2.30pm
Location: UCT Graduate School of Business, 9 Portswood Road, Cape Town

Silicon Cape Talks TravelTech

Technology and innovation in the travel industry has advanced from booking systems to virtual tour guides among other amazing things. This week’s event will feature a discussion focussing on these advancements, as well as a showcase of startups you should look out for. Panelists for the evening include Fomo Travel founder Andrew Katzinger, Leigh Franks of Cape Town Tourism, VoiceMap founder Ian Manley, and Ian Haggie head of business development at Explore Sideways.

Date: 27 September, 5.30pm to 7.30pm
Location: Workshop 17, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town


Bertha Centre is partnering with Bandwidth Barn in Woodstock to host the Do-ference. The two-day event gives delegates the tools they need to raise funding, through practical interactive mini-workshops, inspirational TED-style talks, and free one-on-one sessions with experts.

Date: 27 to 28 September, 10am to 5pm
Location: 66 Albert Rd, Woodstock, Cape Town


Startup Grind fireside chat with Johanna Mukoki (Travel with Flair)

Startup Grind hosts Travel with Flair co-founder Johanna Mukoki. Join Mukoki as she chats about how she founded the travel company with two other partners as well as how she became the first person from Africa to sit on the global tourism board — the Association of Corporate Travel Executives.

Date: 26 September, 5.30pm to 8.30pm
Location: Standard Bank Incubator (Rosebank), 5 Cradock Avenue, Rosebank

GirlCode Workshop – Elevator Pitch

Want to know how to present a winning idea? This GirlCode Workshop will look at public speaking and presentation skills that you can use in the work place or when conveying an idea or solution to your peers.

Date: 30 September, 9am to 1pm
Location: JoziHub, 44 Stanley Avenue, Johannesburg


Seedstars Douala pitch event

Come join in the fun as 11 startups pitch for a chance to win a ticket to represent Cameroon at the 2017 Seedstars Summit to be held  in Switzerland next year in April.

Date: 29 September, 4pm
Location: ActivSpaces, Immeuble TECNO, Boulevard de la Liberté, Douala


Happy Hour with Village Capital

Join Village Capital‘s team as they open their new office at iHub. Meet Village Capital’s new regional manager Abedana Ashebir and learn about Village Capital’s upcoming fintech programme.

Date: 28 September, 6.30pm to 8.30pm
Location: iHub, Santeu Plaza, Lenana Rd / Galana Rd, Nairobi County


Barcamp Wa 2017

Barcamp Wa 2017 is a free networking forum bringing people together for learning, sharing, networking and mentoring in the Upper West region. Join other stakeholders in Wa looking to network and build a supportive enterprising community.

Date: 30 September, 9am to 4pm
Location: Regional library, Wa


AgriTech Summit 2017

If you are an agricultural investor, innovation driver, thought leader, technology enthusiast, technology developer, or financier, then you don’t want to miss the AgricTech Summit 2017. This year’s theme is on maximizing emerging opportunities in technology.

Date: 27 September, 9am to 4pm
Location: The Zone, Plot 9, Gbagada Express Way, Beside UPS, Lagos

Chivas The Ventures

Find out how you can scoop a share of $1-million in prize funding. Join Sumbo Chigbu and Bayo Rotimi as they chat about The Chivas Venture vision, objectives and anticipated outcomes.

Date: 28 September, 5pm to 7pm (Sumbo Chigbu)
Location: Cranium One, 1 Towry Close, Off Idejo Street, Victoria Island, Lagos

Date: 29 September, 5pm to 7pm (Bayo Rotimi)
Location: Seedspace Ikoyi Lagos, 23 Agodogba Avenue, Lagos

Meet the investors and startup valuation Masterclass

Join this gathering of active investors and entrepreneurs as they discuss their investment thesis, what they typically look out for in founders and their companies and the sectors they focus on among other key topics. The event will also be preceded by a masterclass on startup valuation.

Date: 29 September, 4pm to 7pm
Location: Oriental Hotel Eti-Osa Lagos, 3 Lekki – Epe Express Way, Lagos

Startup Grind hosts Maya Horgan Famodu

Maya Horgan Famodu is a Nigerian-American venture capitalist who is committed to promoting entrepreneurship in West Africa through her investment group Ingressive. This week’s event will also feature Jonah Ulebor who will speak on how one can become a strategic entrepreneur.

Date: 30 September, 3pm to 5pm
Location: Cranium One, 1 Towry Close, Off Idejo Street, Victoria Island, Lagos


The Hub Conference at Shoko Festival : TechTopia

The inaugural TechTopia startup exhibition will bring together some of the most promising startups in Zimbabwe. The event will showcase new and disruptive products and solutions which aim to shape the future of Zimbabwe and the continent.

Date: 29 September to 30 September, 9am to 6pm
Location: Harare City Library, Harare

Featured image: Team Ushahidi via Flickr (CC 2.0 BY-SA, resized)



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