Top startup events in South Africa, Africa you should know about this week [27/08/2018]

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

Tomorrow (28 August) the participants of the Rise Scalerator programme will share their journeys and how they hope to scale their startups at an event in Cape Town. If you’re crazy about artificial intelligence, you’ll want to attend Cape Town AI’s next quarterly meeting on Thursday (30 August) which will focus on data quality.

Those in Joburg looking to learn more about blockchain should attend Startup Grind Johannesburg’s unique training session (heads-up — early birds will get an opportunity to earn free coins).

In East Africa? Then join Strathmore University deputy vice chancellor Vincent Ogutu on Thursday (30 August) an After Office Hours event. Ogutu is one of the few Kenyans, who have given a TEDx Talk at IESE Business School in Barcelona. He is also one of seven moonshot pioneers chosen to present his tech idea on teleportation simulation at Google in New York.

This Friday (31 August) WennoChat will host two separate events in Lagos and Ibadan on the blockchain and innovation around waste.

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

Rise Scalerator Female Founder Pitch Day

Join 88 Business Collective, Absa Enterprise Development and Shared Growth at this pitch day where participants of the Rise Scalerator programme will share their journey and the way they hope to scale their startups.

Date: 28 August, 9.30am to 1pm
Location: Rise Cape Town, 5th Floor, Block B, Woodstock Exchange, 66 Albert Road, Woodstock, 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: 29 August, 8.30am to 9.30am
Location: 1 Somerset Road, Green Point, Cape Town

Cape Town AI: Data quality 

Cape Town AI Gatherings are quarterly, three hour events for artificial intelligence (AI) practitioners focusing on lessons learned applying AI. Intelligent Impact founder Aunnie Patton Powers and Neil Du Toit a data scientist at UCT’s Faculty of Law Democratic Governance and Rights Unit will speak at the event.

Date: 30 August, 5pm to 8pm
Location: Microsoft, Mowbray Golf Park, Engen Place, Raapenberg Rd, Pinelands

MEST Africa: Soap-Box Sessions with AlphaCode and The Startup Hatchery

MEST’s monthly Soap-Box sessions give members of the tech community an opportunity to share what their startups are up to over some afternoon drinks. This month’s session will feature representatives from AlphaCode and The Startup Hatchery

Date: 31 August, 4.30am to 5.30pm
Location: MEST Incubator Cape Town, 401A Woodstock Exchange, 66 Albert Road, Cape Town


A detailed training on Blockchain

Startup Grind Johannesburg hosts Africa New Energies founder and CEO Stephen Larkin who will lead a unique training course to help unleash Africa’s Blockchain potential. This includes a detailed guide on how to get onto the right mailing lists to earn free coins.

Date: 29 August, 5pm to 9pm
Location: Open Workspaces, 138 West street, Sandton

Startup Grind Tembisa fireside chat with Nkosinathi Moshoana 

Startup Grind Tembisa hosts global youth advocate and Prime Starts general manager Nkosinathi Moshoan.

Date: 30 August, 5.30pm to 8.30pm
Location: Youth Employment Services Tembisa, 78 Andrew Mapheto Drive, Makhulong, Tembisa, Ekhuruleni

Uncharted Waters

The evenings discussion will unpack the various skills connected to and required in the water value chain. Guests and entrepreneurs alike will be exposed to the business of water and will have the opportunity to better align their product and service offerings to the needs of the market.

Date: 30 August, TBC
Location: TBC


MIT Open Mic Africa Summit

The Open Mic Africa Summit is an annual summer event that is produced by the Legatum Center for Development and Entrepreneurship at MIT that brings together over 200 leaders from the MIT and African entrepreneurship communities to celebrate Africa’s vibrant and rising entrepreneurial scene.

Date: 29 August, 9am to 7pm
Location: Strathmore University, Ole Sangale Road, Nairobi, Nairobi County

#WhatsNext Living

The event aims to provide insight and deeper perspective to the living and working conditions of the future of Nairobi. The discussion will be split into two main topics, sustainability and entrepreneurship.

Date: 29 August, 6pm to 8.30pm
Location: Mettā Nairobi, 14 Riverside, Belgravia Building, 6th Floor Wing A, Nairobi

After Office Hours with Vincent Ogutu

After Office Hours is a monthly event, where members of Nairobi Garage and innovators from around Nairobi, learn from and engage with, speakers who are exceptional in their areas of business. This month join Strathmore University deputy vice-chancellor Vincent Ogutu, who is one of the few Kenyans, who have given a TEDx Talk at IESE Business School in Barcelona.

Date: 30 August, 6pm to 7.30pm
Location: Strathmore University, Ole Sangale Road, Nairobi, Nairobi County


Shining Startup Competition

Mozidevz, in partnership with the World Summit Awards, brings the Shining Startup Competition.

Date: 30 August, 5pm to 7pm
Location: Standard Bank Incubator, Maputo, Maputo, Mozambique


CFA’s Startups Hangout: Converting your creativity to profit

A uniquely conceived, informal session brought to you by Each session enables startups connect with successful entrepreneurs and top executives who have garnered tons of experiences that money simply can’t buy.

This event will focus on tips and strategies to turn your creativity into profit. Speakers are Ojoma Ochai, the director of Arts for West Africa at the British Council and Dragon Africa founder Obi Asika.

Date: 31 August, 5pm to 8pm
Location:, 53 Oladipo Bateye Road, Off Adekunle Fajuyi Way, GRA Ikeja, Lagos

WEFUND Pro 2018

WEFUND Pro 2018 is an event for small businesses, entrepreneurs, investors, and individuals with interested in business startups. Pitch your projects for financial support and sponsorship. Network and connect with investors, successful entrepreneurs for mentorship opportunities.

Date: 30 August to 1 September, 9am to 3.30pm
Location: EKO Hotel & Suite, 1415 Adetokunbo Ademola Street, Victoria Island, Lagos

WennoChat August Edition Lagos 

This month WennoChat hosts Victor Alagbe of to discuss blockchain. This session will highlight what blockchain entails, its use, the consensus of its network and how entrepreneurs and businesses can tap into this technology to effectively run their affairs.

Date: 31 August, 3pm to 5pm
Location: Wennovation Hub, 11 Rev Ogunbiyi Street GRA, Ikeja, Lagos

WennoChat August Edition Ibadan

Join Jumoke Olowookere of Waste to Playground as he discusses innovation around waste. This session will centre on how to help communities reclaim their neighbourhoods from unmanaged waste and come up with innovative solutions to Nigeria’s growing waste management problem.

Date: 31 August, 3pm to 5pm
Location: Wennovation Hub, 3rd Floor, Alpha and Omega Building, Queen Elizabeth Road II Mokola, Ibadan, Ibadan, Oyo State/ Ibadan


Emerging Ideas Pitch Night Bulawayo

This event will see three businesses present their ideas for between four and six minutes before the audience grills them on their enterprises in a Q&A session that will last for between eight and 10 minutes per pitcher.

Date: 30 August, 5.30pm to 8pm
Location: Celebration Church, 76 Josiah Tongogara, Bulawayo

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



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