Top startup events in South Africa, Africa you should know about this week [18/06/2018]

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

This week’s highlight is the MEST Africa Summit which kicks off today (18 June) with a drinks reception at MEST’s Incubator in Cape Town. The two-day summit will feature talks from some of the leaders and important actors in Africa’s tech startup ecosystem.

If you’re interested in food and mobility solutions and are in Senegal you will want to attend the Dakar Food and Mobility pitch on Wednesday (20 June).

In Nigeria one of the biggest events of the week is IBM’s Blockchain Session which will explore blockchain use cases. For those in Kenya check out the WhatsGood workshop on data privacy and GDPR.

This article is part of a weekly series that highlights all the top startup events, competitions, networking sessions, workshops and conferences in Africa.

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

MEST Africa Summit

The third annual MEST Africa Summit will once again bring together the brightest minds in African tech. Watch out for the MEST Africa Challenge finals set to take place on the last day of the conference.

Date: 18 to 20 June
Location: Avenue Cape Town, V&A Waterfront, 40 Dock Road, Cape Town ( Reception at MEST Incubator at Woodstock Exchange)

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: 20 June, 8.30am to 9.30am
Location: 1 Somerset Road, Green Point, Cape Town

Future Females: Feminine Leadership

Join Brighthouse COO Zimkhita Buwa and Sarah Rice as they chat about on how you could build your own leadership practice in this new era of the rise of feminine leader.

Date: 20 June, 6pm to 8.30pm
Location: 1 Somerset Road, Green Point, Cape Town

Aspiring Black Leaders:  Hearing the footsteps with Mushambi Mutuma

Join Altivex Creative Foundry’s Mushambi Mutuma for an open discussion on how to fit in within an ever-changing world of future tech, disruption and exponential changes.

Date: 21 June, 6pm to 8.30pm
Location: Block B, 5th Floor, (Woodstock Exchange), 66 – 68 Albert Road, Woodstock, Cape Town


Heavy Chef: Starting a business in South Africa

Heavy Chef and Xero are launching a book by Heavy Chef CEO and founder Fred Roed.

The book, Heavy Chef Guide To Starting A Business In South Africa, is around 190 pages of great startup tips and packed full of lessons gleaned from Roed starting and exiting a successful business, as well as input from Heavy Chefs that have spoken on the Heavy Chef events stage over the past decade.

Date: 19 June, 6pm to 8.30pm
Location:OPEN Workspace, 138 West Street, Sandton

Beyond Bitcoin: Investing in crypto how to assess good coins to invest in

Join Mpho Dagada, Shakes Motsilili, and Nerushka Brown as they discuss investing in cryptocurrency.

Date: 19 June, 6pm to 9pm
Location: MESH Club, Johannesburg

J&B Hive Technology and Entrepreneurship Masterclass

Join Fezile Dhlamini, the founder of ride-sharing platform Green Scooter, in this masterclass which will attempt to unpack the tech industry, its challenges and ways in which entrepreneurs can start a tech business, create and manage traction.

Date: 20 June, 6pm to 8.30pm
Location: 100 Juta, Johannesburg

Impact Africa Summit

This three-day summit will aim to inspire, inform and equip participants to maximise their impact for Africa, advancing economic and social change.

Date: 20 to 22 June, 8.30am to 2.30pm
Location: Riversands Incubation Hub


Chad Innovation Summit

Chad’s Innovation Summit will gather leading thinkers, students, youths, entrepreneurs, business leaders, and practitioners to explore opportunities and challenges.

Date: 18 to 20 June, 8am to 8pm
Location: Radisson Blu, Quartier Sabangali, Cité du 1er décembre, N’Djamena


Startups meetup

Egyptian startups will meet and share their success stories at this open mic event in Cairo.

Date: 22 June, 7pm to 10pm
Location: The American University in Cairo, AUC Avenue, Cairo


Founder Institute Mentor gathering and VIP launch mixer

With just a few days left before the local Founder Institute semester begins, join mentors, directors, founders, applicants, and local graduates that will take part in the programme at this VIP event.

Date: 19 June, 6.30pm to 9.30pm
Location: KPMG Headquarters Ocean House (next to MARLIN HOUSE), 13 Yiyiwa Drive, Olusegun Obasanjo Way, Abelenkpe, Accra

MEST Masterclass: Product Design

June’s Master Class brings you Kriti Jindal, an expert in product management and design. Having worked as a product manager with Microsoft since 2011, Jindal brings a wealth of experience in building products from conception to launch for enterprise and consumer scenarios.

Date: 20 June, 12pm to 2pm
Location: Meltwater Incubator, East-Legon, Accra, 19 Banana Street, Ayawaso, Greater Accra

AccraTech Talk

This workshop will feature lessons on getting a job within the Ghanaian cyber-security workspace, problem solving in startups and the future of bitcoin.

Date: 22 June, 5pm to 9pm
Location: Accra Luxury Lodge, Accra


WhatsGood: Data Privacy and GDPR

Looking to better understand the implications of data privacy and GDPR on your business? Learn more from Annona CEO and co-founder Ashley King-Bischof, lawyers Wangui Kaniaru, and Winnie Githire, and Microsoft 4Afrika’s Somet Kipchilat.

Date: 19 June, 6pm to 8.30pm
Location: Mettā Nairobi, 14 Riverside, Belgravia Building, 6th Floor, Wing A, Nairobi

#NextGenTech: Blockchain Beyond Cryptocurrency

Cryptocurrencies are by far the most popular application of the blockchain. But, did you know that blockchain technology also has huge potential to improve many aspects of our lives and is being used in different industries? Learn more at this #NextGenTech event.

Date: 21 June, 6pm to 8.30pm
Location: Cellulant Corporation, 14 Riverside Drive, Nairobi City

Traction Camp Cocktail Event

Traction Camp is a regional acceleration program that supports emerging digital and mobile entrepreneurs from across the East African region through intensive business coaching and mentorship for up to six months.

The iHub and World Bank will this week host a face-t0-face boot camp for the startups in the programme which will culminate in this cocktail event.

Date: 22 June, 6pm to 9pm
Location: iHub, Nairobi, Nairobi County

The role of blockchain in Africa’s future

Learn how blockchain will impact Africa’s future, with a close look on how the technology will mitigate corruption.

Date: 23 June, 10.30am to 1.30pm
Location: Nailab, 4th Floor, Bishop Magua Centre, Nairobi


IBM Blockchain Session

The IBM Digital Nation Africa initiative provides a cloud-based learning platform designed to provide free skills development programmes for up to 25 million African youths over five years, enabling digital competence and nurturing innovation in Africa.

At this session attendants will be building solutions and exploring blockchain and its use cases in the industry.

Date: 20 June, 6pm to 8.30pm
Location: 100 Juta, Johannesburg

Digipreneur Seminar 2.0

Find out how other entrepreneurs have used tech to earn money. The seminar will also see the launch of the Digipreneux platform for entrepreneurship.

Date: 21 June, 9am to 3pm
Location: Kenneth dike library, Along Enugu-Onitsha Express Way, Arroma, Awka

Startup Grind Kaduna hosts Law Allianz CEO Yahaya Maikori

This week Startup Grind hosts Yahaya Maikori, an experienced solicitor with a strong history of working in the gaming, entertainment, media and e-commerce industries.

Date: 21 June, 9am to 3pm
Location: Kenneth dike library, Along Enugu-Onitsha Express Way, Arroma, Awka


Dakar Food and Mobility Pitch

Village by CA and the thecamp‘s accelerator are scouting for the best entrepreneurs in the food and mobility industries to join its next programme from September to December 2018.

Date: 20 June, 4pm to 7.30pm
Location: Sacré Cœur 3, Villa N°9653, 4ème phase, Dakar

Data protection: Legal obligations and technical constraints

Join a lawyer and a computer technician from the Commission for the Protection of Personal Data as they explain what data must be protected and what the computational and technical constraints resulting from it are.

Date: 21 June, 6.30pm to 8pm
Location: JokkoLabs, Dakar

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



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