Top startup events in South Africa, Africa you should know about this week [30/10/2017]

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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

The Fourth Industrial Revolution: What Is It? And How The Hell Do We Survive It?

If you’re fascinated by the Fourth Industrial Revolution, then this event is a must-attend. Join clinical psychologist Marc Rogatschnig and entrepreneur Rich Mulholland as they reveal the secrets you need to know in order to survive it.

Date: 31 October, 6pm to 8.30pm
Location: Workshop 17, 17 Dock Road Cape Town

Using experiments to evolve product strategy: Mark Horner (Siyavula)

Join Siyavula CEO Mark Horner in this session on how you can use experiments to develop your product strategy.

Date: 31 October, 6.30pm
Location: Workshop 17, Seminar Room 1, 17 Dock Road 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: 1 November, 8.30am to 9.30am
Location: 1 Somerset Road, Green Point, Cape Town

Venture Lab Learning Lunch : Understanding websites and analytics

The Venture Lab’s Learning Lunches provides a space for entrepreneurs to learn from experts in their field. Join Edge Digital director Katie Findlay as she talks about what to consider when building a website. Findlay will also cover how to track conversations online and Google Analytics.

Date: 1 November, 1pm to 2.30pm
Location: UCT Graduate School of Business, Solution Space, 9 Portswood Road, Cape Town

Rise and Shine: Blockchain Masterclass

Join IE School of Human Sciences and Technology Vice Dean Borja Gonzalez del Regueral as he conducts a masterclass on Blockchain.

Date: 2 November, 10am to 12pm
Location: Rise Cape Town, Block B, 5th Floor, (Woodstock Exchange), 66 – 68 Albert Road, Woodstock, Cape Town

Exploring diversity in the tech ecosystem

Join Silicon Cape managing director Ellen Fischat as she discusses the importance of fostering a diverse tech spirit within entrepreneurship in South Africa. The event is hosted by Aspiring Black Leaders.

Date: 4 November, 1pm to 3pm
Location: Rise Cape Town, Block B, 5th Floor, (Woodstock Exchange), 66 – 68 Albert Road, Woodstock, Cape Town


The Entrepreneur Knowledge Network Session

The Entrepreneur Knowledge Network Session is an entrepreneurial network and dialogue platform for local entrepreneurs to share knowledge with each other. The aims of the sessions aim is to equip, train and develop local entrepreneurs to run successful businesses.

Date: 31 October, 5.30am to 6.30pm
Location: Galeshewe SMME Village, Hulana Street, Galeshewe SMME Village Training Room, Corner Tyala and Hulana. Kimberley


Afropreneur Tour – Douala

Screening of the documentary Afropreneur – History of a silent revolution produced by TechOfAfrica and directed by Régis Strazel. The documentary presents the current realities of the digital and tech ecosystems of Francophone Africa through the meeting of their actors in Dakar, Abidjan, Lome, Cotonou, Douala, Yaoundé and Brazzaville.

Date: 4 November, 5.30pm to 8.30pm
Location: ActivSpaces, Douala


Accelerating Collaboration between UK and Ghana Tech Ecosystems

This event will seek to understand the needs of the Kenyan tech ecosystem and identify opportunities for collaboration with the UK.

Date: 2 November, 2.30pm to 5pm
Location: iSpace Foundation, 2 Emmause Lane, Greater Accra Region, Accra


Startup Grind hosts Willy Simons

Join geospatial industry veteran Willy Simons as he talks about monetesing geospatial tech. Simons has over the last 18 years founded and directed several companies including Esri Eastern Africa, Oarkar Services and Spatiality.

Date: 3 November, 6pm to 9pm
Location: Metta Nairobi, Belgravia Suite 6A, 14 Riverside, Nairobi

Featured image: Tech.Co via Flickr (CC 2.0 BY-SA, resized)



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