Top startup events in South Africa, Africa you should know about this week [20/08/2018]

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

This week non-profit civic organisation Activate! will host what it claims to be Africa’s first Social Innovation Summit in Cape Town on Wednesday (22 August).

In keeping with Women’s month celebrations, MEST will tomorrow (21 August) host Britehouse COO Zimkhita Buwa at its Community Conversations event. Bhuwa is expected to speak on the valuable lessons she’s learnt as a woman in South Africa’s tech industry.

In Johannesburg on Thursday (23 August), Hartford InsurTech Hub will be looking for the city’s best insurtech startups.

Elsewhere around the continent, join a hangout in Aba, Nigeria on Friday (24 August) where creatives will look at how artificial intelligence can be used to grow businesses in the digital economy. While in Zambia entrepreneur Sipho Phiri will share how he “blew it” at an event set to be held at BongoHive on Thursday.

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

MEST Africa: Community Conversations with Zimkitha Buwa

Join Britehouse COO Zimkhita Buwa as she shares share the most valuable lessons she’s learnt in the tech sector.

Date: 21 August, 1pm to 2pm
Location: MEST Incubator Cape Town, 401 A Woodstock Exchange, 66 Albert Road, 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: 22 August, 8.30am to 9.30am
Location: 1 Somerset Road, Green Point, Cape Town

Social Innovation Summit

Africa’s first Social Innovation Summit opens this week. The gathering will bring together 50 young social innovators who have deployed unique innovation to tackle social ills affecting the youth.

Date: 22 August, 2pm to 3.30pm
Location: Workshop 17, V&A Waterfront

Pitch Night: AgriTech, Unlocking potential for African farmers

Join product development consultant Attie Lotz, Africa Women Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum CEO and founder Irene Ochem, Greenfinger Mobile CEO Natalie Miller and a couple of startups using tech to transform the agricultural sector at this month’s Solution Space Pitch Nights.

Date: 23 August, 6pm to 7.30pm
Location: UCT Graduate School of Business, Solution Space, 9 Portswood Road, Cape Town


Hartford InsurTech Hub Startupbootcamp FastTrack

Join the team from Hartford InsurTech Hub on their Joburg leg of their international tour to find the best rising insurtech companies at this FastTrack event.

Date: 23 August, 9am to 4.30pm
Location: Johannesburg, TBC

Startup Grind Johannesburg: All things blockchain

Throughout the month of August in cities across the world, Startup Grind is featuring leading experts in all things cryptocurrency and blockchain. Join Tanya Knowles, Mpho Dagada, and Tumelo Ramaphosa as they share knowledge on the topic.

Date: 21 August, 6pm to 9pm
Location: Impello Coworking Spaces, 139 Greenway Avenue, Greenside, Johannesburg


MEST Community Conversation: Humanitarian tech

MEST will host a panel of experts including Unicef representative Dorothy Gordon of World Summit Awards and Nick Hu of Zipline to celebrate World Humanitarian Day. They will speak on how technology is being used to revolutionise humanitarian action throughout the world.

Date: 20 August, 5.30pm to 7pm
Location: Meltwater Incubator, East-Legon, Accra, 19 Banana Street, Ayawaso, Greater Accra


What ventures can be started in 12 weeks? Kampala Innovation Week

United Social Ventures and Resilient Africa Network invite you to see what 16 interns have been able to create in 12 weeks. Seven innovative youth-led social startups, founded since June, will each have seven minutes to tell their inspiring stories.

Date: 23 August, 5pm to 7pm
Location: ResilientAfrica Network (RAN), 28 Upper Kololo Terrace, Kampala


The Touchabl Hangout (Fashion x AI) Aba

Find out how fashion retailers, photographers, beauty models, fashion designers and everyone down the value chain can leverage artificial intelligence (AI) to grow business in the digital economy.

Date: 24 August, 1pm to 3pm
Location: Innovation Growth Hub, 2, Asa Road, Aba

Startup Grind Lagos hosts Chioma Ifeanyi-Eze (CEO AccountingHub)

This week Startup Grind Lagos hosts AccountingHub CEO Chioma Ifeanyi-Eze. Ifeanyi-Eze will also be joined Cryset CEO and co-founder Munachi Ogueke who will speak on how you can use the blockchain in your business.

Date: 25 August, 3pm to 5pm
Location: Cranium One, 1 Towry Close, Off Idejo Street, Victoria Island, Lagos


How is remote sensing and artificial intelligence transforming lives and businesses in Africa?

A team from Geollect, a UK and US-based global geospatial intelligence (GEOINT) company, will discuss how remote sensing and artificial intelligence is transforming lives and businesses in Africa.

Date: 21 August, 6pm to 7.30pm
Location: BongoHive, Thabo Mbeki Road, Lusaka

I blew it night

I blew it nights are events where stories of failed businesses and projects are told, questioned and celebrated. This week’s speaker is Zambian entrepreneur Sipho Phiri.

Date: 23 August, 6pm to 7.30pm
Location: BongoHive, Thabo Mbeki Road, Lusaka

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



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