Top startup events in South Africa, Africa you should know about this week [2/07/2018]

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

Startup Grind Cape Town kicks off the month with its annual winter startup party and a fireside chat with Augmentors co-founder Micheal Deon on Wednesday (4 July).

If you are looking to enter Google’s Impact Challenge Kenya, then you’ll want to attend one of the two info sessions in Mombasa and Machakos taking place this afternoon.

Innovators in Nigeria will be happy to know that there are two Techstars Startup Weekend events taking place in the country this week in Edo State and Futo.

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

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: 4 July, 8.30am to 9.30am
Location: 1 Somerset Road, Green Point, Cape Town

Let’s Talk AR, gaming and blockchain with Michael Deon

Join Augmentors co-founder and creative director Michael Deon in this fireside chat where he will talk about augmented reality, gaming and blockchain.

Date: 4 July, 5.30pm to 8.30pm
Location: Workshop 17, 17 Dock Road, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town

Future proofing Africa for the Fourth Industrial Revolution

Join South Africa Makes co-founder Dr Riyad Domingo, and other respected experts on the local technology scene as they discuss Future Proofing Africa for the Fourth Industrial Revolution at this First Thursday event.

Date: 5 July, 5.30pm to 7.30pm
Location: American Corner Cape Town (within Central Library)

Contracts, the rules of engagement

This legal presentation which will focus on the broad terms and conditions which should be considered when you are entering into any agreement — whether that interaction is once-off or ongoing. This includes common pitfalls for startups and how to protect yourself against them.

Date: 7 July, 12pm to 3pm
Location: Block B, 5th Floor, (Woodstock Exchange), 66 – 68 Albert Road, Woodstock, Cape Town


CodeJIKA Mpumalanga launch

The Mpumalanga chapter of CodeJika, an ecosystem for student-run coding clubs in secondary schools, launches this week. Startups, educators and non-profits passionate to implement coding in Mpumalanga are invited to attend.

Date: 6 July, 9am to 11.30am
Location: Kuzuri Restaurant, Nelspruit


Startup conversations (Conversas startup)

An initiative of Bantu Makers startup studio, the event aims to connect the actors and supporters of the local startup scene and help to energise and grow the entrepreneurial ecosystem of Luanda.

Date: 6 July, 6pm to 8am
Location: GP Professional Management, Murtala Mohammed Avenue, 35, Luanda


Africa Startup Tour Cotonou Forum 2018

Now in its third edition, Initiative for Africa’s Africa Startup Tour is this week stopping over in Cotonou. The event will feature the Africa Startup Tour Forum which will bring together stakeholders in Benin and Africa.

Date: 5 July1pm to 8pm
Location: CanalOlympia Wologed, Cotonou


DEMO Africa Innovation Tour, Douala Edition

The Demo Africa Innovation tour heads to Cameroon this week to bring together startups and technology industry players to look at ways to turn innovations into business ventures.

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

Date: 5 July, 1.30pm to 5pm
Location: ActivSpaces, Boulevard de la Liberté à coté de Douala Stock exchange (IMM SOCAR), Douala


AccraTech Talk: Artificial intelligence (AI), healthcare technology, Boameoo intro

Join speakers Darlington Akogo, Ken edem Kporye, and Alexander Okereke as they discuss how AI and deep learning can change Africa as well as where healthtech on the continent is headed.

Date: 6 July, 5pm to 8pm
Location: AccraTech Hub, Accra Luxury lodge, Sasso Street Blk 45 East Legon, Accra, Greater Accra Region

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.


Google Impact Challenge info-Session Mombasa

The Google Impact Challenge Kenya supports non-profits 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: 2 July, 3pm to 5pm
Location: Royal Court Hotel, Haile Selassie Road, Mombasa, Mombasa County

Google Impact Challenge info-Session Machakos

With a share of $2-million in grants up for grabs, the Google Impact Challenge Kenya supports non-profits and social enterprises with game-changing ideas to create economic opportunity in their communities., join this event to learn more about the challenge, criteria, rules and how to apply.

Date: 2 July, 2pm to 4pm
Location: Ubunifu Hub Machakos, Cai Road, Queens Hostel, Mezzanine floor, Machakos County


AfricArena Tour: Casablanca pitch event

The AfricArena Tour heads to Casablanca for a pitch event where some of Morocco’s best startups will pitch for an opportunity to attend the AfricArena tech conference.

Date: 4 July, 4pm to 8pm
Location: La Factory, 40 Boulevard d’Anfa, Casablanca, Casablanca-Settat 20250


Google I/O Extended 2018 Kafanchan

I/O Extended events are held around the world for developers to take part in the I/O experience — Google’s annual developer conference. The event will bring the local developer community together to experience keynote and other main Google I/O sessions.

Date: 6 July9am to 11.30am
Location: Unity Wonderland Hotel, Kagoro Road, Kafanchan

Techstars Startup Weekend FUTO

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

Date: 6 July to 8 July, 4pm to 6.30pm
Location: FUTO Guest House, Ihiagwa, IM

Techstars Startup Weekend Benin-City

Whether you are looking for feedback on an idea, a co-founder, specific skill sets, or a team to help you execute, Techstars Startup Weekends are the perfect environment in which to test your idea and take the first steps towards launching your own startup.

Date: 6 July to 8 July, 3.30pm to 6pm
Location: The Cartharium Event Centre, Upper Adesuwa Road, Alice Hotel Junction, GRA, Benin City, Edo State

Social media training for founders and CEOs

Join this event to learn about START, a unique framework developed at Futuresoft that focuses on different elements that every CEO needs to know about to keep up with the trends and grow their business on social. Topics to be covered include social media strategy, targeting, and tracking.

Date: 6 July, 10am to 1pm
Location: Eagle Global Markets, 24 Raymond Njoku Street, Lagos


Startup Grind Lome hosts Sam Kodo (Infinite Loop)

Startup Grind Lome hosts Infinite Loop founder and CEO Sam Kodo. Join this fireside chat to learn more about Kodo’s entrepreneurial journey.

Date: 3 July, 6pm to 9pm
Location: WOELAB 0, Rue Klala, Villa 209 Bè-Klikamé, Lomé, Bè-Klikamé


Zayed Sustainability Prize info-session

The Zayed Sustainability Prize is awarding $600 000 each to winners across the energy, food, health and water categories. Join this event to learn more about the prize.

Date: 4 July9am to 11am
Location: Kuzuri Restaurant, Nelspruit


Why startups fail with Michael Szymanski

Michael Szymanski, a consultant in entrepreneurship at the World Bank Group, shares his knowledge and insider secrets on why startups fail globally. Szymanski will also cover ways to avoid the same fate in your own startup or small business.

Date: 4 July9am to 11am
Location: BongoHive, Thabo Mbeki Road, Lusaka

The state of cleantech and energy startups with Michael Szymanski

Join Michael Szymanski, an expert consultant in entrepreneurship at the World Bank Group, as he discusses two of Africa’s hottest startup sectors — cleantech and energy. Find out which business models are gaining traction, and what success looks like at various levels of scale.

Date: 5 July, 4pm to 6pm
Location: BongoHive, Thabo Mbeki Road, Lusaka

ForLoop Zambia launch

ForLoop, a community of passionate software developers and enthusiasts across Africa looking to build the continent’s tech ecosystem, is launching in Zambia.

Date: 7 July, 10am to 1pm
Location: Alliance Française, Alick Nkhata Road, Lusaka

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

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