Top startup events in South Africa, Africa you should know about this week [13/08/2018]

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

Curious about alternative ways to raise money for your startup? If you’re in Joburg you might want to join FundEx 2018, a one-day conference taking place on Thursday (16 August) which will explore funding opportunities for entrepreneurs.

In keeping with Women’s Month, why not join the African Women in Fintech and Payments breakfast this Friday in Cape Town?

In East Africa, join an i-Talks panel discussion on idea poaching this Thursday (16 August) in Nairobi. Across the continent, in Lagos, Nigeria, CcHUB Nigeria accelerator programmes manager Francis Sani will look at how entrepreneurs can build digital ventures.

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: 15 August, 8.30am to 9.30am
Location: 1 Somerset Road, Green Point, Cape Town

Women in fintech and payments breakfast

African Women in Fintech and Payments cordially invites you for the Women in fintech and payments networking breakfast. This is a perfect opportunity to meet, learn, share and network with fellow women working in the industry.

Date: 17 August, 8.30am to 11.30am
Location: Rise Cape Town, Woodstock Exchange, 66 Albert Road, Cape Town


Spaces Big Ideas

Join Jan Foaure of Novum Asset Management, Minize Haron of Spine Marketingm and SB Nxumalo of IBEC Accounting for an hour of big ideas, advice, case studies and growth-hacks to boost your business.

Date: 16 August, 8.30am to 10.30am
Location: Spaces Atrium on 5th Sandton, 5th Street, Sandton, Johannesburg

FundEx 2018

Riversands Incubation Hub will host FundEX, a one-day conference which showcases the broad spectrum of funding opportunities and how to secure funding for your business.

Date: 16 August, 10am to 4pm
Location: Riversands Incubation Hub, 8 Incubation Drive Riverside View Ext 15, Fourways, Midrand

Rehive Blockchain and Fintech Hackathon

Are you a passionate developer, entrepreneur or designer? Team up with other like minded individuals at Rehive’s Blockchain and Fintech Hackathon and build your ideas in 24hrs.

Date: 18 to 19 August, 10am to 2pm
Location: 1030 Lenchen Ave N, Centurion Central, Centurion


Transforming fintech services through blockchain and cryptocurrencies

Join four panelists from Bithub, Intelipro and Pezesha as they discuss how the blockchain and cryptocurrencies can be used to transform fintech services.

Topics to be discussed include: how African fintech firms are creating value from these technologies, whether banks should invest in cryptocurrencies, and how banks are adopting and developing blockchain technology.

Date: 16 August, 6pm to 8pm
Location: Mettā Nairobi, 14 Riverside, Belgravia Building 6th Floor Wing A, Nairobi, Nairobi County

Jambo Nairobi: How blockchain can revolutionize mobile payments in Africa

Come meet the team at Celo, a startup building products for financial inclusion utilising the power of the blockchain, to learn more about the technology behind the protocol.

Date: 16 August, 8am to 9.30pm
Location: Swahili Box Hub, Top Floor – Dalal House, Sir Mbarak Hinawy Road, Mombasa

I-Talks: Is idea poaching a detriment or catalyst for entrepreneurship?

Is idea poaching a catalyst or detriment to the succcess of entrepreneurship?

Join Centre for Science and Tech trustee board member Cecilia Wandiga, Netfund programme manager Joshua M’Anampiu, Greyfos foudner John Ambuya, Make-IT Africa and GIZ initiative regional coordinator Mutembei Karikui as they discuss the merits, demerits and myths of idea poaching and information sharing.

Date: 16 August, 4pm to 7pm
Location: Institute for Climate Change and Adaptation, University of Nairobi Examination Building, Chiromo Campus, Nairobi

NEM Mombasa Hackathon

This blockchain hackathon is agonised by the NEM Foundation, a non-profit organisation founded in Singapore and dedicated to the ongoing development of NEM blockchain technology and the promotion of a vibrant ecosystem of NEM users and developers in governments, academia, and industry.

Date: 18 August,8am to 1pm
Location: Swahili Box Hub, Top Floor – Dalal House, Sir Mbarak Hinawy Road, Mombasa


Lafarge Data Hack

LafargeHolcim, in conjunction with CcHUB is running a two-day Data Hack to explore how to improve the value and experience delivered to its customers as well as it’s operational efficiency using data.

Date: 15 August, 9am to 7pm
Location: NG Hub From Facebook, 8 Montgomery Road, Yaba, Lagos

Building a digital venture with Francis Sani

Join startup growth architect and CcHUB Nigeria accelerator programmes manager Francis Sani as he speaks to entrepreneurs on how to build a digital venture.

Date: 16 August, 11am to 1pm
Location: American Corner CcHUB, Ground floor 294 Herbert Macaulay Way, Sabo, Yaba, Lagos

Rising Tide Africa Masterclass for Angel Investors and Entrepreneurs

This workshop is one of Rising Tide Africa’s quarterly initiatives targeted at providing quality training to new and existing business owners.

Date: 18 August, 12pm to 2pm
Location: IBM Innovation Centre, Churchgate Street, Victoria Island, Lagos

Ibadan Entrepreneurs Summit 2018

Join this summit to learn more about how to start a business that can compete globally, how to raise funding without collateral, expansion and advertising, and how to grow through digital marketing.

Date: 18 August, 11am to 2pm
Location: Peak Aimers Building, No. 2, Ladoke Akintola Street, Aare Avenue, Bodija, Ibadan

The Startup Series: Chapter 1

The very best startup ideas tend to have three things in common: they’re something the founders themselves want, that they themselves can build, and that few others realise are worth doing.

This event will teach people who want to start a business on techniques and ways in which ideas can be formed and how to grow it.

Date: 18 August, 9.30am to 11.30am
Location: BroadWay Mall, Suite C25, Broadway Mall, Opposite Second Gate, Prince and Princess Estate, Kaura District, Abuja

Startup Nigeria Demo Day

Join Startup Nigeria as the incubator officially debuts its feshly incubated startups.

Date: 18 August, 10am to 1pm
Location: Genesys Tech Hub, Ugwuaji Street, Km 7, Port-Harcourt, Enugu


The African Investor Masterclass Kampala

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: 18 August, 10am to 6pm
Location: The Innovation Village, 3rd Floor – Block B & C, Ntinda Complex, Kampala, Kampala


Access to finance for small businesses in tough times with Trevor Hambayi

What are some of the alternative options for small businesses to access finance? In this talk, Trevor Hambayi will highlight the indepth challenge of accessing finance by small businesses in Zambia and what alternative options entrepreneurs should consider.

Date: 14 August, 6pm to 8pm
Location: BongoHive, Thabo Mbeki Road, Lusaka, Lusaka Province

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



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