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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.
For those working in startups, Lean (startup) coffee is a weekly one-hour coffee meetup that runs a mashup of leancoffee.org with theleanstartup.com.
Date: 6 June, 8.30am to 9.30am
Location: 1 Somerset Road, Green Point, Cape Town
Join Mikateko Media co-founder Ingrid Jones in this fireside chat where she will share how she co-founded the business.
Date: 6 June, 5.30pm to 8.30pm
Location: Workshop 17, 17 Dock Road, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town
Join Dj Sbu as he talks about his entrepreneurial journey at Heavy Chef’s first event in Khayelitsha.
Date: 9 June, 10am to 12.30pm
Location: The Bandwidth Barn, Khayelitsha, Corner Mew Way and Spine Road, Lookout Hill, Khayelitsha,
This week Startup Grind Pretoria hosts Mixo Fortune Ngoveni the founder and CEO of Geekulcha, an organisation shaping South Africa’s ICT scene by inspiring innovation and creativity in the youth.
Date: 5 June, 6pm to 9pm
Location: African Beer Emporium at 012Central, 367 Helen Joseph (Church) Street, Pretoria
Join a round table discussion with special guests, Shakes Motsilili from Aziza Coin and Langalethu Manqele from Fintech4africa. Mingle amongst successful business owners, entrepreneurs and innovators as they discuss business and technology. Apps will be soft-launched, and yes everyone will get an opportunity to grow their network.
Date: 7 June,5.30ppm to 6.30pm
Location: 13 Rambo Junction, Skyco Media Solutions, Corporate Park North, Midrand
The Youth in Blockchain Summit aims to bring together youth to learn about blockchain, share ideas on how this technology could be leveraged, listen to industry experts, and most importantly to convert blockchain knowledge received into practice through a hackathon during the event.
Date: 9 June, 9am to 4pm
Location: African Leadership Academy, 1050 Printech Avenue, Roodepoort
Google I/O Extended events are focused on bringing you new ideas for your business. The event includes a hackathon and code lab sessions.
Date: 9 June, 9am to 2pm
Location: ActivSpaces, Douala
If you have a startup or startup idea and would like to get feedback and guidance from top local entrepreneurs, then join this event.
At Startup Office Hours, attendees will have the opportunity to pitch to expert CEO mentors and ask them questions about their business strategy, key decisions, next steps, and more. Come learn how experienced entrepreneurs would tackle the problems you or others are facing.
Date: 5 June, 6.30pm to 9.30pm
Location: KPMG Headquarters, Ocean House, 13 Yiyiwa Drive Off The Olusegun Obasanjo Way (formerly Achimota Road), Abelenkpe, Accra
Tony Nyagah develops partnerships, and directs Strauss Energy’s growth strategies. Prior to founding the company, he held senior positions at IBM and the World Bank Group.
During this event, Nyagah will talk to us about his founding journey, access to funds and the general management of his business.
Date: 8 June, 6pm to 9pm
Location: Metta Nairobi, 14 Riverside Nairobi, Nairobi
Each month, in events across the globe, four people get up in front of a room full of strangers to share their own professional fuckup. The stories of the business that crashes and burns, the partnership deal that goes sour, the product that has to be recalled; at Fuckup Nights it all comes out in the open.
This week join WeFarm Country Manager Jamila Abass; EAVCA executive director Esther Ndeti; Alternative Circle CEO and c0-founder Kevin Mutiso as well as Generation Enterprise MD Bunmi Otegbade at this Nairobi Fuckup Nights.
Date: 6 June to 7.30pm
Location: The Kijiji, Ngong Lane, Nairobi
Are you an entrepreneur, startup founder who currently uses a co-working space? Why not check out Fibre Fridays where for five hours you can work around other entrepreneurs?
Date: 8 June, 12pm to 5pm
Location: Fibre Office, 8 The Rock Drive, Lagos