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Looking to start 2018 off by getting things rolling? 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.
For those working in startups, lean (startup) coffee is a weekly one-hour coffee meetup that runs a mash-up of leancoffee.org with theleanstartup.com.
Date: 3 January, 8.30am to 9.30am
Location: 1 Somerset Road, Green Point, Cape Town
Start off the new year with this presentation on how you can earn bitcoin.
Date: 3 January, 7pm to 10pm
Location: 43 Elgin Road, Sybrandpark, Rondebosch, Cape Town
Join the MEST Africa team in Cape Town as they share their experience working with entrepreneurs from across the continent.
Date: 12 January, 6pm to 7.30m
Location: Woodstock Exchange, Albert Road, Cape Town
Join NetApp Engineer Ken Edem for this AccraTech Meetup on the blockchain. Edem will address what the blockchain is, blockchain and decentralisation, changes the blockchain could bring to the Ghanaian economy and smart contracts.
Date: 11 January, 6pm to 8pm
Location: Accra Luxury Lodge, Nii Afotey Brutu II Avenue, Adjriganor, East Legon, Accra
This event will give you an overview of the Facebook platform, its products and open-source technologies.
Date: 13 January, 2pm to 5pm
Location: KumasiHive, Kentinkrono, Kumasi
The Inuka Entrepreneurship Summit is a two-day conference for young entrepreneurs. The organisers have brought together seasoned entrepreneurs from across the globe to share their entrepreneurial journeys and to offer practical tips on how to start and scale our startups.
Attendees will get an opportunity to join a fully funded business incubator and to access a dedicated startup fund.
Date: 9 to 10 January, 8.30am to 4.30pm
Location: Hope Centre, Nairobi
Curious about the Techwomen programme which allows female tech entrepreneurs to visit and learn from mentors in Silicon Valley? Then you might want to attend this session which will layout the terms of participation and as well as offer tips to help you with your application to the programme.
Date: 9 January, 6.30pm to 8.30pm
Location: Technopark, The Factory, 6th Floor, Casablanca, Casablanca-Setta
World Bank consultant and Espace Bidaya mentor Ayoub Derdabi will give insights on entrepreneurial life in this open class session.
Date: 10 January, 7pm to 9pm
Location: Bidaya Space, 33 Bis Ruew Titien, Val Fleury, Casablanca
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