Top startup events in South Africa, Africa you should know about this week [10/09/2018]

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

If you’re based in Cape Town go see the SA Innovation Summit which kicks off on Wednesday (12 September) and runs till Friday (14 September).

The annual flagship event is a platform for nurturing, developing and showcasing African innovation, as well as facilitating innovation thought leadership.

For those working with artificial intelligence (AI), you might want to attend AI Expo Africa 2018 which kicked off yesterday (9 September) and closes tomorrow (11 September). The expo will cover the trends driving the AI economy in Africa.

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

AI Expo Africa 2018

Join Africa’s largest business focused artificial intelligence (AI) community. The expo will feature over 50 African expert speakers, over 40 exhibitors and an innovation cafe showcasing the latest African AI and data science innovations.

Date: 9 to 11 September
Location: Century City Conference Centre, Cape Town

SA Innovation Summit

This annual summit brings together corporates, government, academia, researchers, and entrepreneurs to unpack the biggest challenges on the continent, including the Fourth Industrial Revolution (Industry 4.0) and how it matters to the African economy. Organisers expect that 1500 delegates will attend the three-day conference.

Date: 12 to 14 September
Location: Cape Town Stadium

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: 12 September, 8.30am to 9.30am
Location: 1 Somerset Road, Green Point, Cape Town

Activate Change Drivers Social Innovations Summit

Activate is a network of young leaders equipped to drive change for the public good across South Africa. This week, the organisation will host a three-day Social Innovations Summit in partnership with the SA Innovation Summit.

Date: 12-14 September
Location: Cape Town Stadium

Amazon Web Services (AWS) Startup Day 

Amazon Web Services (AWS) will host a full-day event for startup founders and technical staff. The event is free to startups and was created to help accelerate startup innovation and growth. See also, this story by Ventureburn.

Date: 13 September, 9am to 6pm
Location: The River Club, Liesbeek Avenue, Observatory Rd, Observatory, Cape Town

Meet Clive Butkow

Meet Kalon Venture Partners founder and CEO Clive Butkow as he discusses startups and tech opportunities from an investor’s point of view.

Date: 13 September, 6pm to 8pm
Location: Workshop 17 Watershed, 17 Dock Road, Cape Town


Startup Grind Durban hosts Kevin Hedderwick (former Famous Brands CEO)

Startup Grind Durban hosts former Famous Brands CEO Kevin Hedderwick as he shares sharing insights and information on what is required to open a successful franchise business or to acquire one as well as tips and tricks to grow your own successful company.

Date: 12 September, 6pm to 9pm
Location: Pavilion Hotel, 15 KE Masinga Rd, North Beach, Durban


Going Global through the United Kingdom

Join members from the UK’s Department for International Trade (DIT) and Equinox to hear how you can help to accelerate your business and take it global.

Date: 14 September, 9am to 2pm
Location: The Equinox Leadership and Innovation Centre, 15 Alice Lane, Sandton, Johanneburg

Fireside chat with Brandon Tophan 

Brandon Topham serves on various company boards both executive and non-executive roles, often as secretary, CFO, financial director or non-executive director. Join him in this fireside chat hosted by Startup Grind Pretoria on chartered management accounting, leadership and freemasonry.

Date: 11 September, 6pm to 9pm
Location: African Beer Emporium @ 012CEntral, 367 Helen Joseph (Church) Street, Pretoria


Y Combinator Accra

It took Ghanaian startup OMG Digital Inc three tries to get into Y Combinator. Join this event to find out how they did it. Topics to be covered during the event include OMG Digital Inc’s experience, how to pitch your company to YC and how to improve your application after a rejection.

Date: 15 September, 10am to 12pm
Location: OMG Digital Inc, 4th Avenue, Accra, Greater Accra Region


Traction Camp info session at Lake Hub Kisumu

This Traction Camp info session will focus on ways to get customers, keep them and attract more. The workshop will be an eye-opener for the entrepreneurs especially those who are starting out.

Traction Camp is a regional acceleration program aimed at nurturing startups in East Africa, so as to create globally competitive, growth-oriented, mobile and digital technology businesses.

Date: 10 September, 4pm to 6pm
Location: LakeHub, Lolwe Drive, Kisumu, Kisumu County


Startup: What legal status?

Join this workshop on the legal procedures that entrepreneurs have to follow to create a startup in Tunisia.

Date: 15 September, 9am to 1pm
Location: 111-CoThink, 14 Rue Emir Abdelkader, Mutual City, Tunis


Fuckup Nights Harare Vol.1

Fuckup Nights Harare is part of a global movement and event series where entrepreneurs share their stories of professional failure. Each month, in events across the globe,three to four people to get up in front of a room full of strangers to share their own professional Fuckup.

Date: 14 September, 6pm to 8pm
Location: Impact Hub Harare, 194 Baines Avenue, Harare

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



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