Top startup events in South Africa, Africa you should know about this week [28/05/2018]

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

CapaCiTi Information Session: #yourdigitalfuture

Curious about the CapaCiTi Tech Skills and Job-Readiness programme? Why not attend this information session to learn more? Interested? Submit your documentation to

Date: 29 May 10am to 12pm, 2pm to 4pm
Location: Reception, 3rd Floor, The Barn, Block B, 66 Albert Road, Woodstock, Cape Town

Thundafund workshop

Want to grow your business but don’t have funds? Then crowdfunding may just be the thing for you. Join this workshop to learn more about crowdfunding, and how you could use this fundraising technique to raise funding for your business.

Date: 30 May, 8.30am to 9.30am
Location: 1 Somerset Road, Green Point, 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: 30 May, 8.30am to 9.30am
Location: 1 Somerset Road, Green Point, Cape Town

VC (Venture Capital) office hours: AngelHub Ventures ZA

Solution Space VC office hours are designed to support entrepreneurs with strategic guidance around raising capital for their startup. This week four startups will each spend 40 minutes with AngelHub Ventures representatives.

Date: 1 June, 11am to 2pm
Location: UCT Graduate School of Business, Solution Space, 9 Portswood Road, Cape Town


Startup Grind Johannesburg: 90 rules for entrepreneurs with Marnus Broodryk

Join Marnus Brrodryk as he shares more about his new book 90 Rules for Entrepreneurs — the Codex of Hustle.

The book, written over the period of a year, collates a decade of his experiences into a tone of tips ranging from the rules to apply, to the rules to break, if aspiring entrepreneurs want to make it through their first year of business.

Date: 29 May, 6pm to 9pm
Location: MESH Club, Johannesburg

Future Females; Mastering your money

This month Future Females is addressing money matters. Join this event to learn skills and tips for female entrepreneurs on how to manage money.

Date: 30 May, 6pm to 8.30pm
Location: OPEN Sandton, 138 West Street, Sandton


Forima Made in Africa Innovation Forum

Spread over two days, the forum will feature round tables, practical workshops, consultations with experts and a pitch event which will see innovative entrepreneurs present their projects before a jury of investors.

The forum will be an opportunity for stakeholders in the public and private sectors, local communities and the diaspora to express themselves and collaborate together through an interdisciplinary approach (training, research and entrepreneurship) and according to the principles of knowledge sharing, ingenuity and frugality that Sèmè City advocates.

Date: 31 May to 1 June, 10am to 10pm
Location: Sèmè City Development Agency, At the old Primature, opposite the Palais des Congrès, Boulevard of the Marina, Cotonou, Littoral Department


Technology Services and Gadgets Expo 2018 (TSGE 2018)

The annual Technology Service and Gadgets Expo is a technology event focused at marketing and promoting tech companies and services operating in Botswana. Join bankers, academics, innovation hubs, accelerators, and venture capital funds at the expo.

Date: 1 to 2 June, 8pm to 5.30pm
Location: Fairgroungds Show grounds, Moedi Way, Plot 50381, Gaborone

Botswana Blockchain Summit

The Botswana Blockchain Summit seeks to bring stakeholders in the Blockchain community in Botswana, Africa and the entire world to Gaborone to discuss and strategise on building a strong community to ensure large-scale adoption of the technology.

Join representatives from Satoshi Centre, Africa Blockchain University, and Bitpaya Zimbabwe at the summit.

Date: 9 June, 8pm to 4.30pm
Location: Satoshi Centre, South-East District, Gaborone


Douala Legal Tech Conference

The Douala Legal Tech Conference is a series of round tables and workshops bringing together international and local experts on topics related to the digital transformation of the legal world in Africa.

After the finance revolution by fintech, the legal world and its actors are also concerned by digitalisation. What are the opportunities offered by this digitalisation for the world of African law? Join this conference to find out.

Date: 30 May to 31 May, 9am to 8pm
Location: Hotel SAWA, 488 Rue de Verdun, Douala


CIO East Africa Fintech Summit

This two-day event will gather tech and finance professionals, regulators and investors from across Africa to discuss the technologies revolutionising finance.

More than 150 delegates are expected to attend the two-day event that will include three special sessions like the CIO Fintech Roundtable, CEO Fintech Roundtable, and the Fintech Solutions Pitch Day targeted at CIOs.

Date: 28 to 29 May to 31 May, 9am to 8pm
Location: Crowne Plaza Nairobi, Nairobi, Nairobi County

Pangea Accelerator Demo Day

Over the past two months Pangea, a startup accelerator working in partnership with iBizAfrica, has been working with 40 startups from Kenya, Egypt, and Nigeria, which have further been narrowed down to 11 finalists.

The demo day will bring together companies, investors, mentors, and entrepreneurs to review the progress made by the startups. The 10 startups that will be pitching will each stand a chance to win up to $50 000.

Date: 30 May, 6.30pm to 10pm
Location: Mettā Nairobi, 14 Riverside Drive, 6F Belgravia Building, Nairobi


There is a whole community of entrepreneurs out there who might run a very different type of business, but just like you are struggling with the same type of issues. This is where crowdsolving comes in, when entrepreneurs share and solve business problems together.

Have a problem that needs solving? Then you’ll want to attend this event.

Date: 31 May, 1pm to 4pm
Location: The Entrepreneurs Hub, Waiyaki Way, Nairobi

Tech Lex 101: Big Data

The next Tech Lex 101 event will focus on the intersection between law, and big data.

Date: 31 May, 6.30pm to 9pm
Location: Mettā Nairobi, 14 Riverside Drive, 6F Belgravia building, Nairobi

Startup Grind Nairobi: Fireside chat with June Gachui

Join lawyer June Gachui as she chats about intellectual property, and her experiences in the music business.

Date: 31 May, 6pm to 9pm
Location: IHub, Senteu Plaza, Nairobi


Ndogou Impact Dakar

Impact Dakar is the last hub of entrepreneurship and creative industries created in Senegal. Come and discover the 12 startups going through Impact Dakar’s incubation programme.

Date: 31 May, 5pm to 8.30pm
Location: Dakar, Round Stele Mermoz Stele (Caesar’s), Saphir building, 2nd floor, Dakar

She Loves Tech Pitch competition, and info session

Want to pitch for a two-week immersion trip to China where you will meet investors, partners, and clients? Then join this event to learn more about the She Loves Tech competition.

Date: 31 May, 7pm to 9pm
Location: Nexus Co Work, Riara Road, Nairobi, Nairobi County


WennoChat May: The role of technological innovation in good governance and economic transparency

WennoChat is a monthly ecosystem engagement platform that brings together entrepreneurs, business executives, developers, freelancers, and other key ecosystem stakeholders to learn, network, and share knowledge around key issues affecting the business and technology innovation ecosystem in Nigeria.

Date: 30 May, 3pm to 5pm
Location: Wennovation Hub, 3rd Floor, Alpha & Omega Building, Queen Elizabeth II Road, Mokola-UCH Road, Ibadan, Oyo

CFA Startup Hangout: Disrupt or be disrupted

Join BASF West Africa MD Jean-Marc Ricca as he discusses what strategies startups should be looking if they want to grow to the next level.

Date: 31 May, 5pm to 8pm
Location:, 53 Oladipo Bateye Road, Off Adekunle Fajuyi Way, GRA Ikeja, Lagos


Startup Grind Kigali: Women creatives with Makeda Mahadeo

May is Startup Grind’s Female Leaders Month, as part of the celebrations, join Makeda Mahadeo, a Kigali-based Rwanda-Jamaican media personality, DJ, and content creator as she chats about her work.

Date: 31 May, 5.30pm to 8.30pm
Location: Kigali, Kigali City


Sift Workshop: Social impact monitoring

This Social Innovators for Tunisia (SIfT) workshop will show how to implement a social impact evaluation with a focus on implementation methodologies and challenges.

Date: 1 June, 1pm to 3pm
Location: US Embassy Tunis


Blockchain technology innovation pitch meet-up

Have an innovative idea based on blockchain technology? Then you’ll want to attend the this pitch meet-up.

Date: 28 May, 5pm to 8pm
Location: International University of East Africa, Ggaba Road, Kampala


Running an ecommerce business with Regina Gwynn

This half-day interactive session run by US ecommerce entrepreneur Regina Gwynn, co-founder and CEO of TresseNoire, will introduce you to how to shape ecommerce solutions, start an online store, design must-haves and all the essential building blocks to running an effective e-commerce store.

Date: 29 May, 9am to 12pm
Location: BongoHive, Thabo Mbeki Road, Lusaka


Road to Silicon Valley Harare

Road to Silicon Valley is a series of talks that will be held monthly as a lead up to the global competition where a team from a Zimbabwean university will be selected to represent the country at the Enactus World Cup.

This week’s speaker is NMB Bank’s Gerald Gore.

Date: 31 May, 5pm to 7pm
Location: B2C Coworking, Cnr Jason Moyo Ave and First Street, Harare

Techstars Startup Weekend Bulawayo

Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement of young, empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful business ventures. Teams organically form around the best ideas (as determined by popular vote) followed by a 54-hour frenzy of business model creation, designing, developing, and market validation.

Date: 1 to 2 June, 3pm to 6pm
Location: The TechVillage Co-working Space, 2nd Floor Bambanani Center, Cnr 9th and J Moyo Ave, Bulawayo

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



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