Top startup events in South Africa, Africa you should know about this week [9/07/2018]

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

MEST Africa is hosting two masterclasses this week in Cape Town. The first by MEST Lagos general manager Neku Atawodi will look at what startups should know about entering the Nigerian market. The second, by tech consultant Alexandra Fraser will focus on the seven steps to funding.

If you’re in Pretoria, join Startup Grind tomorrow (9 July) as it hosts Phathizwe Malinga, acting CEO of tech company SqwidNet.

In West Africa, there are three Ghana Tech Week events scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday on female founders, smart city innovation and “exponential” tech. If you’re in Nigeria and are into artificial intelligence, you might want to join the AI info-session by IBM to find out how you can benefit from the IBM Digital Nation Africa initiative.

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

Entering a Nigerian market with MEST Lagos GM Neku Atawodu

MEST Lagos GM Neku Atawodi will discuss setting up and ease of doing business in Nigeria. Topics to be covered include: key market opportunities in Nigeria for technology businesses, the funding landscape, how to access the right talent, legal, intellectual property, tax considerations, and partnership opportunities.

Date: 11 July, 1pm to 2pm
Location: MEST Incubator, Albert Road, Woodstock Exchange Building, 401 A Block, Cape Town

Injini Cohort two launch

Injini will unveil the eight startups making up its second cohort. The launch will see the eight pitch and will include an expert panel on edtech in Africa featuring local entrepreneurs.

Date: 11 July, 5.30pm to 7.30pm
Location: AWS Piazza, Ground Floor, 34 Solan Street, Gardens, Cape Town

MEST Africa Masterclass: Seven steps to funding with Alexandra Fraser

Join MEST Africa this month for a Masterclass with Alexandra Fraser, a management consultant and expert in science, tech, and knows what early-stage investors are looking for.

Date: 12 July, 4.30pm to 5.30pm
Location: MEST Incubator Cape Town, Albert Road, Cape Town

Solution Space Learning Lunch: Values, how these influence company culture

Solution Space Learning Lunches provides a space for entrepreneurs to learn from experts in their field. This month, Kurt April from the Allan Gray Centre for Values-Based Leadership at the UCT Graduate School of Business will be talking about values, and how they influence company culture.

Date: 12 July, 1pm to 2.30pm
Location: UCT Graduate School of Business, Solution Space, 9 Portswood Road, Cape Town

Impact Venture Incubation Programme Summer School 2018 Demo Day

The Solution Space and the Bertha Centre for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship has spent the last 12 weeks building a supportive ecosystem for startups to test and validate new business models. join the cohort of eight social impact-driven startups and 10 entrepreneurs at this demo day.

Date: 14 July, 10am to 12.30pm
Location: Philippi Village, Solution Space Philippi, 3rd Floor, 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: 11 July, 8.30am to 9.30am
Location: 1 Somerset Road, Green Point, Cape Town


Exploring the Internet of Things Ecosystem with Phathizwe Malinga (Acting CEO SqwidNet)

Startup Grind Pretoria hosts SqwidNet acting CEO Phathizwe Malinga, as he chats about the Internet of Things (IoT) ecosystem, particularly what’s going on, what is coming, and business opportunities to look out for.

Date: 10 July, 6pm to 9pm
Location: African Beer Emporium @ 012CEntral, 367 Helen Joseph (Church) Street, Pretoria


The Digital Entrepreneur Masterclass

This year’s Digital Entrepreneur Masterclass will explore why businesses should be racing with machines rather than racing against them. Understand that technology is not destiny, we shape our own destiny as entrepreneurs.

Date: 10 to 11 July, 8am to 5pm
Location: Durban ICC Inkosi Albert Luthuli ICC Complex, 45 Bram Fischer Rd, Durban Central, Durban


StartupDojo with Sandra Mateus

Sandra Mateus will discuss the importance of networking for startups and entrepreneurs, as well as networking techniques that startups can use to enrich their network of contacts.

Date: 14 July, 9am to 12.30pm
Location: KiandaHub, Alda Lara Street, Luanda


Startup Grind Limbe hosts Zuo Bruno

Startup Grind Limbe hosts Zuo Bruno the founder and CEO of Zoomed car tracking system. Bruno is a recipient of the President of Cameroon’s Prize for Innovation.

Date: 14 July, 1pm to 4pm
Location: Pressbook Building Half Mile Limbe, Half Mile Limbe, Limbe


MEST Community Conversation: Branchless Banking

Join Daniel Puls, PASS CEO and president, as well as Joel Cowan, PASS senior advisor and co-founder of Georgia Tech Cowan-Turner Center for Servant Leadership as they discuss branchless banking and their experience working in strategic consultancy.

Date: 10 July, 4pm to 5pm
Location: Meltwater Incubator, East-Legon, Accra, 19 Banana Street, Ayawaso, Greater Accra

Women Pioneers (Ghana Tech Week)

This event will showcase some of the top female tech influencers around the world. In addition, the event will also feature a personal branding workshop that will feature tips on how to define your brand, validation, and how to monetise your brand.

Date: 11 July, 6pm to 9pm
Location: Accra, TBA (shared only with participants), Accra, Greater Accra Region

Smart City Summit (Ghana Tech Week)

This workshop aims to prepare stakeholders for a Smart City Ghana. Participants will go over smart city initiatives that have taken place across the Middle East, Asia and Africa and provide exclusive materials on how to build a Smart City hub in Ghana within three years or less.

Date: 12 July, 6pm to 7.30pm
Location: Accra, TBA (shared only with participants), Accra, Greater Accra Region

Exponential Tech Summit (Ghana Tech Week)

This summit will look at opportunities in artificial intelligence, blockchain, drones, nano tech, virtual reality, and robotics. The event will also feature a talk on how to apply this tech to problems in Ghana. In addition, attendees will also get tips on how to build a tech business within six months.

Date: 12 July, 6pm to 9pm
Location: Accra, TBA (shared only with participants), Accra, Greater Accra Region


Cyber security 101

The world’s interconnectedness has also increased cyber threats and how its important to be more aware about cyber security. Join this event to learn why cybersecurity is a viable career path and why its important for any organisation, including startups.

Date: 12 July, 6.30pm to 9pm
Location: Moringa School, Ngong Lane, Nairobi, Nairobi County

Startup Grind Nairobi fireside chat with June Gachui (Artist and IP lawyer)

Practising intellectual property (IP) lawyer June Gachui has a wealth of experience in IP protections and the music business. Find out what key insights on IP she has to share.

Date: 12 July, 6pm to 9pm
Location: IHub, Senteu Plaza, Nairobi

Tech Tamasha Coast Edition

Join this event to learn about how to build for the digital consumer.

Date: 13 July, 6pm
Location: Mombasa, Swahili Box, Mombasa, Mombasa County


Artificial Intelligence session

Learn more about IBM’s Digital Nation Africa initiative which aims to provide 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.

Date: 11 July, 12pm to 2pm
Location: IBM Innovation Center, Churchgate Street, Lagos


Drop Fear: Meet-up with Jazem Halioui, CEO of WebRadar

Webradar Tunisia CEO Jazem Halioui will chat about his entrepreneurial experience at Webradar, as well as how his professional and life experience has taught him to drop fear.

Date: 12 July, 6pm to 8pm
Location: Cogite Coworking Space, Tunis, Tunis


SAIS Connected Hubs: Pre-coaching session

Are you interested in applying for the Southern Africa Innovation Support Programme (SAIS) ConnectedHubs Pitch Event where winners stand to be selected for a chance to attend Slush Global Impact Accelerator in Finland? Attend this event to learn more about the selection criteria, business modelling, and how to pitch.

Date: 12 July, 3pm to 8pm
Location: BongoHive, Thabo Mbeki Road, Lusaka


Enactus Zimbabwe national competition

Once a year a select group of business, student and academic leaders from across the country gather together to showcase how entrepreneurial action and shared innovation is transforming lives and creating a better future.

This is your invitation to join present and future leaders for this unique experience of competition, collaboration and celebration.

Date: 13 July, 1.30pm to 5pm
Location: Celebration Center, 162 Swan Drive, Borrowdale Road, Harare

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



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