Top startup events in South Africa, Africa you should know about this week [25/06/2018]

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

As June draws to an end, here are a few startup events happening across the continent this week that we think you should think about attending.

If you’re in Johannesburg, Red Bull Basement will be holding its first hatch event in South Africa on Saturday (30 June). Over the course of a day, participants will be exposed to lectures, workshops from industry experts and networking opportunities.

Also in Johannesburg is the fifth annual Green Youth Indaba which will take place between Thursday and Friday (28 and 29 June). Watch out for the Green Innovators Pitch which is likely to be the highlight of the event.

If you’re in Cape Town you might want to check out MEST’s Tuesday (26 June) masterclass on term sheets and intellectual property.

Nairobi social entrepreneurs might want to attend the Google Impact Challenge info-session on Thursday (28 June) to find out how they can win a share of $2-million in grants.

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 Masterclass: Breaking down the term sheet and intellectual property

Join Jack O’Reilly from startup law firm Dommise Attorneys for this masterclass on what what you need to know about venture capital term sheets as well as early stage considerations to keep in mind in terms of funding stage data rooms and protection of intellectual property.

Date: 26 June, 4.30pm to 5.30pm
Location: MEST Incubator Cape Town, Albert Road, 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: 27 June, 8.30am to 9.30am
Location: 1 Somerset Road, Green Point, Cape Town

EDHE Lekgotla 2018 Student Entrepreneurship Indaba

This three-day gathering of leaders in entrepreneurship development in higher education aims to share best practice and foster collaboration for the benefit of the South African youth and economy.

Stakeholders will share their learning and experiences, while working on identifying and addressing challenges in the space of entrepreneurship development in higher education.

Date: 27 to 29 June,
Location: University of Cape Town


Fierce Feminine Leadership

What does it mean to be an innovative leader as a fierce future female in today’s ever-changing business landscape. Find out how two women have used feminine leadership in their lives.

Date: 26 June, 6pm to 8.30pm
Location: Twenty 5, 25 Silver Avenue, , Morningside, Durban

Innovation Festival Durban

This annual three-day innovation festival, which is aimed at thought leaders, corporates, entrepreneurs, academia, and designers, seeks to explore the latest trends in innovation from both a global and local perspective. Join for some panel debates, demonstrations and maker workshops.

Date: 28 to 30 June, 8.30am to 2.30pm
Location: The Bond Shed, 12 Browns Road, Bond Square, Durban

Entrepreneurial Development Summit

This summit aims to catalyse the development of an entrepreneurial ecosystem for the Fourth Industrial Revolution in the Eastern Cape.

Date: 30 June, 9am to 3.30pm
Location: East London Golf Club, 22 Glen Eagles Upper road, Bunkers Hill, East London


The role of incubators in supporting sustainable entrepreneurship

Startup Grind Johannesburg hosts IP expert McLean Sibanda as he discusses the role of incubators in supporting sustainable entrepreneurship.

Date: 26 June, 6pm to 9pm
Location: Impello Incubation Hub, 139 Greenway Avenue, Greenside, Johannesburg

Johannesburg Ed-Innovation MeetUp

Join the team from Africa’s first edtech incubator as they network and learn together with other innovators driving innovation and entrepreneurship in education.

Date: 28 June, 6pm to 9pm
Location: Johannesburg Campus UCT Graduate School of Business, 61 Katherine Street, Sandton

2018 Green Youth Indaba

Green Youth Indaba is a youth conference bringing industry experts and youth together in effort to expose career and entrepreneurial opportunities within the green economy.

The aim is to raise awareness of global warming and our responsibility in lowering the carbon emissions into the environment with innovative solutions.

Date: 28 to 29 June,
Location: The Innovation Hub, Allan Cormack St, Persequor, Pretoria

Entrepreneurship To The Point

Entrepreneurship To The Point sessions are geared at informing, equipping and inspiring the attendees in their entrepreneurial journeys.

This week’s session will look at the effect of mobile and data on entrepreneurship, how entrepreneurs need to respond to the age of augmentation, and why you should think like a brand, and act like a human.

Date: 28 June, 6.30pm to 9.30pm
Location: OPEN Maboneng, The Mainchange Building, 20 Kruger St, City and Suburban, Johannesburg

Red Bull Basement Hatch

Red Bull Basement’s first Hatch event in South Africa will provide a glimpse into the world of Red Bull Basement and the world of possibilities that technology offers.

Attendees will also be brought to speed on how to apply for the Red Bull Basement Residency later this year.

Date: 30 June, 10am to 4pm
Location: Tshimologong Precinct, 41 Juta St, Johannesburg

Building a thriving business whilst having a nine to five job

Learn from young entrepreneurs and entrepreneurship incubators how innovators are navigating the transition from employee to employer successfully.

Date: 30 June, 9am to 12pm
Location: Tshimologong Precinct, 41 Juta St, Johannesburg


MEST Soapbox Session

MEST Soapbox Sessions are monthly events that welcome ecosystem members to take the stand, talk about what their startups are up to, what services and products they offer, and what their company needs are.

This week join Kofi Genfi and Nii Osae, co-founders of software innovation company CYST.

Date: 28 June, 5.30pm to 7pm
Location: MEST Incubator, East-Legon, Accra, 19 Banana Street, East Legon Accra, Greater Accra

Barcamp Ada 2018

Barcamp Ada 2018 is a free networking forum bringing people together for learning, sharing, networking and mentoring.

The event will feature multiple user-generated breakout sessions and speed mentoring session where mentors will give insights and answers to questions from attendees.

Date: 30 June, 9am to 4pm
Location: Ada-Foah RC Parish Hall, Ada, Greater Accra


Startup Grind Nairobi fireside chat with Tony Nyagah (Strauss Energy)

Strauss Energy co-founder Tony Nyagah develops partnerships, and directs the company growth strategies. Prior to founding Strauss, he held senior positions at IBM and the World Bank Group.

Nyagah also co-founded a bio-metrics technology startup and growing it to annual turnover of Kenyan shillings 250-million in four years.

Date: 25 June, 6pm to 9pm
Location: Metta Nairobi, 14 Riverside Nairobi, Nairobi

Startups & Angels

Startup & Angels — the informal entrepreneurship event that gathers startups, corporates, entrepreneurs, business angels and investors — is coming to Nairobi this week.

Topics to be discussed include fund raising, marketing, communications and profitability.

Date: 27 June, 5pm to 8pm
Location: Nailab, Bishop Magua, Ngong Rd, Nairobi, Nairobi County

After Office Hours with Jesse Moore

Join M-KOPA Solar CEO and co-founder Jesse Moore as he walks us through his career journey and his creative power in the clean energy sector.

Date: 28 June, 6pm to 7pm
Location: Nairobi Garage, Ngong Road, 7th Floor Pinetree Plaza, Kaburu Drive, Nairobi

Startup Careers

Join a round table discussion on careers within the startup ecosystem. Topics to be discussed include local perceptions of startups, how startups attract talent, and job satisfaction within startups.

Date: 28 June, 6pm to 9pm
Location: Nexus Co Work, Riara Road, Nairobi, Nairobi County

DrinkPreneur Hangout

DrinkPreneur has been termed as one of Nairobi’s premier business networking event. For the third edition, the hangout is bringing Under 40 CEOs, young Professionals and the most promising budding entrepreneurs together for an evening of drinks, networking, and mingling.

Date: 28 June, 6pm to 9pm
Location: Nexus Co Work, Riara Road, Nairobi, Nairobi County

Google Impact Challenge Info-session

The Google Impact Challenge Kenya supports nonprofits and social enterprises with game-changing ideas to create economic opportunity in their communities.

With a share of $2-million in grants up for grabs, join this event to learn more about the challenge, criteria, rules and how to apply.

Date: 28 June, 11am to 1pm
Location: Nexus Co Work, Riara Road, Nairobi, Nairobi County


DEMO Africa Innovation Tour Casablanca edition

The DEMO Africa Innovation tour aims to bring together startups and technology industry players to look at ways to turn innovations into business ventures.

Entrepreneurs from North Africa will get a chance to pitch to a panel of highly placed individuals in the tech sector.

Date: 28 June, 1.30pm to 5pm
Location: Technopark, Boulevard Dammam, Casablanca, Casablanca-Settat


Tech in Heels

This two-day programme is specially designed to provide female founders with business essentials to promote their startups and a platform to project their businesses to international audience through an opportunity to pitch at the Demo Africa event.

Date: 26 June, 10am to 2pm
Location: NG Hub From Facebook, 8 Montgomery Road, Yaba, Lagos

United Nations Micro Small and Medium-sised Enterprises Day 2018

This year’s Micro, Small and Medium-sised Enterprises Day is dedicated to youth and will cover topics such as youth entrepreneurship and youth employment.

Date: 27 June, 10am to 1pm
Location: Cyprian Ewensi Center for Arts and Culture, Area 10, Garki, Abuja

MEST Lagos Masterclass: How to value your startup for investment

Join Afolabi Adetola as he puts gives answers to one of the early-stage entrepreneur’s most mind-numbing questions. He brings with him over 15 years of experience in entrepreneurship, banking, finance,mergers and acquisitions, as well as equity and venture capital.

Date: 28 June, 5.30pm to 8.30pm
Location: MEST Incubator Lagos, 19B Adeyemi Lawson Street, Lagos

Techstars Startup Weekend Jos Plateau

Techstars Startup Weekends are 54-hour events designed to provide superior experiential education for technical and non-technical entrepreneurs.

Date: 29 June to 1 July, 10am to 4.30pm
Location: Crest Hotel & Gardens, Jos, PL

WennoChat June edition

WennoChat is a monthly ecosystem engagement platform that brings together key ecosystem stakeholders to learn, network, share knowledge and experience around key issues affecting the business and tech innovation ecosystem in Nigeria.

This week’s guest is TechmIT Africa founder and lead facilitator Seun Adepoju.

Date: 29 June, 3pm to 5pm
Location: Wennovation Hub, 3rd Floor, Alpha & Omega Building, Asunle B/Stop, Queen Elizabeth II Road, Mokola, Ibadan, Ibadan, Oyo

Startup Grind Lagos hosts John Obidi (SmartBCamp)

In 2014 John Obidi founded SmartBCamp, a community dedicated to closing the knowledge gap among working professionals in Nigeria.

Obidi will talk about his entrepreneurial journey in this event, which will also feature a startup clinic with Ejimonye Ofodum.

Date: 29 June, 3pm to 5pm
Location: Cranium One, 1 Towry Crescent, Off Idejo Crescent, Adelola Odeku, Lagos


Is corporate social responsibility (CSR) in startups a realistic challenge?

Join RS Consulting founder Gloria Paraiso Jossou, Jokkolabs lead consultant Elodie Koundounom, Buy Your Way project co-ordinator Lamine Tine, and consultant Coumba Lamdou Gueye as they discuss the issues and opportunities to adopt a CSR strategy in your startup.

Date: 27 June, 6pm to 8pm
Location: Jokkolabs, Dakar


Emerging Ideas Pitch Night

Join three entrepreneurs as they pitch their solutions to various businesses.

Date: 28 June, 6pm to 8pm
Location: Bulawayo Rainbow, 10th Road, Bulawayo

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



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