Top startup events in South Africa, Africa you should know about this week [06/08/2018]

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

The biggest tech event taking place this week is the Netrepreneurs: The Rise of Africa’s Digital Lions special event organised by Alibaba Business School, Unctad and the Jack Ma Foundation.

At the event, which will be held at the Wits Linder Auditorium, Alibaba Group founder Jack Ma is expected to launch the Netrepreneur Prize which aims to support exemplary young internet leaders.

August is Women’s Month and there are several events dedicated to celebrating women and their leadership. One of these, a learning lunch in honour of Women’s Day in Cape Town takes place on 8 August. It will see Mbekani Group founder Judy Dlamini share key insights from her book on female leadership titled Equal but Different.

In Kigali, Rwanda, the latest edition of the African Investor Masterclass taking place on Saturday (11 August) will focus on how to raise capital from the diaspora.

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

Startup Guide Cape Town Community Kick-off

Join the first ever Startup Guide Cape Town kick-off event for an evening of short talks, drinks and mingling with the startup community.

Date: 6 August, 5pm to 8.30pm
Location: Silicon Cape, 17 Dock Road, Cape Town

DCMN in conversation with Travelstart: Test-driven marketing

Join Travelstart head of global partnerships Odette Faling as she chats with DCMN communications lead Liz Osterloh about strategies for marketing your startup in a scalable way.

Date: 7 August, 4.30pm
Location: Rise Cape Town, 5th Floor, Block B, Woodstock Exchange, 66 Albert Road, Woodstock, Cape Town

How to grow from two employees to 10

Mygrow chief creative officer Theran Knighton-Fitt will share his insights on how to grow your startup from two employees to 10.

Date: 7 August, 1pm to 2.30pm
Location: UCT Graduate School of Business, Solution Space, 9 Portswood Road, Cape Town

Future Females: Powerful Communication with Jackie Palmer

This event will help you develop deeper self-awareness of the impact of behaviour and communication on others and learn how to use communication to enhance performance, drive engagement and build synergistic relationships.

Date: 7 August, 8am to 10am
Location: Barclays Rise, Level 5, Block B, Woodstock Exchange, Albert Road, Woodstock, Cape Town

Learning Lunch: Women in leadership

Judy Dlamini, the founder of Mbekani Group will be sharing key insights from her book on female leadership titled Equal but Different. The Mbekani Group invests across various sectors including in surgical instrument and sterile services management, property and facilities management, and luxury fashion retail.

Date: 8 August, 1pm to 2.30pm
Location: Philippi Village, Solution Space, 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: 8 August, 8.30am to 9.30am
Location: 1 Somerset Road, Green Point, Cape Town


All things Blockchain and cryptocurrency with Sonya Kuhnel (Blockchain Academy)

Startup Grind Pretoria hosts Blockchain Academy managing director Sonya Kuhnel as she chats about Blockchain technology, its benefits and opportunities that exist around the tech.

Date: 7 August, 5.30pm to 8.30pm
Location: African Beer Emporium, 367A Church Street, Pretoria

Netrepreneurs: The Rise of Africa’s Digital Lions

Alibaba Group founder and UN Conference on Trade and Development (Unctad) special advisor Jack Ma will this week launch the Netpreneur Prize at a special event in Joburg.

Stakeholders will also discuss the challenges and opportunities facing a new digital Africa and the role that the public sector, investors, entrepreneurs and educational organisations must play in this transformation.

Date: 8 August, 1pm to 5.30pm
Location: The Wits Linder Auditorium, 27 St Andrews Road, Parktown

Startup Grind Johannesburg Winter Party

Join Startup Grind’s Winter Party. The informal event is a great opportunity to meet Joburg’s entrepreneurs.

Date: 10 August, 6pm to 9pm
Location: 25 Owl Street, Johannesburg


MEST Masterclass: Digital marketing

Marketing expert Scarlett Long, who has worked at Merkle Periscopix since 2013, will in this curated workshop cover best practices for digital marketing, tools and techniques, and how to structure and optimise an AdWords campaign.

Date: 8 August, 12pm to 2pm
Location: MEST Incubator, East-Legon, Accra, 19 Banana Street, East Legon, Accra, Greater Accra


Startup Nigeria Demo Day

Join Startup Nigeria as it officially closes its 2018 incubation programme.

Date: 11 August, 10am to 12.30pm
Location: Ventures Park, Mambilla Street, Abuja, Federal Capital Territory


The African Investor Masterclass Kigali

The African Investor Masterclass is a series of business and investment training seminars. This latest instalment will look at how to raise capital from the diaspora.

Date: 11 August, 10am to 6pm
Location: K-Lab, 6th Floor, Telecom House, Kigali

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



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