Top startup events in South Africa, Africa you should know about this week [30/04/2018]

Featured image: WOCinTech Chat via Flickr (CC BY 2,0)
Featured image: WOCinTech Chat via Flickr (CC BY 2,0)

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.

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 (startup) coffee

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

Date: 2 May, 8.30am to 9.30am
Location: 1 Somerset Road, Green Point, Cape Town

Heavy Chef: Recode Africa

Join Arlene Mulder, the co-founder and MD of social entrepreneurship venture We Think Code, as she discusses the coding revolution happening in Africa.

Mulder will also talk about her own entrepreneurial journey, moving from RMB banking to the scrappy world of building a fast growing startup.

Date: 3 May, 6pm to 8.30pm
Location: Workshop 17, 17 Dock Road, Cape Town

Blockchain Workshop

This workshop aims to equip you with all you need to know about the blockchain. Topics covered will not only give you a good understanding of the blockchain and how it works but also discuss current and future applications and how they are being implemented to change the world, focusing specifically on Ethereum.

The training provides participants with a technical understanding of blockchain, cryptography and Ethereum, without requiring programming skills or prior knowledge of the blockchain.

Date: 5 May, 12pm to 6pm
Location: Workshop 17, 17 Dock Road, Cape Town


Fall ArmyWorm Tech Prize

The Fall Army Worm (FAW) poses a serious threat to Africa’s food security. The problem calls for digital tools and approaches that source, analyse and translate data for farmers and relevant stakeholders to make timely and accurate decisions to combat the spread of the armyworm.

Nesta, on behalf of Feed the Future, USAID, Land O’ Lakes International Development (LOL) and the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR) have launched a prize, looking for tools and approaches that can work in different contexts across the African continent. Join this event to understand the finer details of the FAW Tech Prize and how to go about applying.

Date: 2 May, 6pm to 8pm
Location: Impact Hub Rosebank

Rebasadi x J&B Hive Reflections Sessions: Farah Chirene Fortune

This event is part of an interview-style series profiling one entrepreneur as they share their journey, challenges and opportunities doing business in South Africa.

Next up on the couch is Farah Chirene Fortune who in 2008 single-handedly started African Star Communications with R1000 in her pocket, a laptop and cellphone. She will be interviewed by music journalist and radio personality Helen Herimbi.

Date: 6 May, 12pm to 2pm
Location: 100 Juta Street, Braamfontein, Johannesburg


Startup legal workshop

Join this workshop on the legal side of running a startup.

The workshop will focus on intellectual property, administrative formalities, partnership agreements, confidentiality agreements, and handling of personal data among other issues.

Date: 4 May, 5pm
Location: 1 Akpakpa Sènadé, Cotonou


Seedstars Cairo

Seedstars World is coming back to Cairo. Five of the best Egyptian startups will be invited to pitch in front of an investment panel and compete to be crowned the most promising seed-stage startup of Seedstars Cairo 2018.

The winning startup will take part in the regional and global Seedstars Summits that include a bootcamp and investor forum. In addition to seeing the top startups pitch, this day will also mark the grand opening of Seedspace Cairo.

Date: 4 May, 12pm to 2pm
Location: Seedspace Cairo, Villa 6 – Street 257, Near Grand Mall, Maadi, Cairo


Startup Conference Lagos 2018

This year Startup Conference Lagos will this year focus on how entrepreneurs can leverage on the economic tides for profitable growth.

The conference will include spotlight sessions with Landwey Investments Limited CEO Olawale Ayilara, Tribe85 CEO Jadesola Osiberu, and StartUpPlus Africa Adeleke David Adekunle.

Date: 1 May, 9am to 2pm
Location: 7 Ibiyinka Olorunbe, Victoria Island, Lagos

HackQuantum Series: Blockchain Hackathon Lagos

This event is the first in a series of hackathons meant to advance the implementation and financing of one of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals — elevating the financial independence of women worldwide.

The scope of the challenge includes early stage ideas for a Blockchain solution, innovative business model and a timeline for scaling and sustained development.

Date: 5 May, 12pm to 2pm
Location: 7 Ibiyinka Olorunbe, Victoria Island, Lagos


Technovation Challenge 2018 regional finals

Join this event to see how Moroccan students are transforming lives and enabling progress through entrepreneurial action and technology. The winning team at this event will be selected to represent Morocco at the World Pitch Summit.

Date: 5 to 6 May, 2pm to 9pm
Location: Organisation islamique pour l’Education, Rabat, Rabat-Salé-Kénitra


Tiphub Investor Roadshow

Join NewWave CEO Patrick Munis, and ParrallelScore and Tiphub partner Adebayo Dawodu as they discuss how investors in the diaspora can be connected to African startups.

Date: 4 May, 10am to 1pm
Location: Buni Innovation Hub, Ali Hassan Mwinyi Road, Dar es Salaam, Ilala


Wazihub Accelerator launch event

Wazihub is a collaborative problem solving and innovation approach which aims to tackling key societal problems and challenges by applying the Internet of Things, and big data in sub-Saharan Africa.

Date: 4 May, 2pm to 5pm
Location: Hive Colab, 90 Kanjokya Street, Kampala

Featured image: WOCinTech Chat via Flickr (CC BY 2,0)



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