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Top startup events in South Africa, Africa you should know about this week [1/10/2018]

Featured image: Startup Grind Cape Town via Facebook
Featured image: Startup Grind Cape Town via Facebook

Startup Grind Cape Town will kick start October by hosting Africa Women Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum (Awief) CEO Irene Ochem this Wednesday (3 October).

If you’re a poker fan, specifically Texas Hod’em, then you’ll want to attend a First Thursday Poker event for startups and entrepreneurs taking place in Cape Town on 4 October. There’s a R100 buy-in and a R100 entrance fee.

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In Joburg? YDIDI youth network founder Neo Rantele Kuaho will discuss how he reached his first million in turnover at THUD event taking place on Wednesday (3 October).

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: 3 October, 8.30am to 9.30am
Location: 1 Somerset Road, Green Point, Cape Town

Future Females and Jackie Palmer Leadership Series: Coaching Conversations

Together with Jackie Palmer, Future Females will be running the final workshop in its 2018 leadership series — Coaching Conversations.

Date: 2 October, 8am to 9.30am
Location: Barclays Rise, Level 5, Block B, Woodstock Exchange, Albert Road, Woodstock

Startup Grind Cape Town hosts Irene Ochem

Startup Grind Cape Town will this week host Irene Ochem, the founder and CEO of Africa Women Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum (Awief). Awief is one of Africa’s leading female entrepreneurship platforms that brings together over 1200 female entrepreneurs, investors and industry experts.

Date: 3 October, 5.30pm to 9pm
Location: Workshop 17, 17 Dock Road, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town

First Thursday Poker social event for startups and entrepreneurs

Join this Texas Hold’em rules poker event to relax and have fun with other like-minded startups and entrepreneurs. There’s a R100 buy-in and a R100 entrance fee, those looking to attend should email to learn more.

Date: 4 October
Location: TBD

Thundafund Entrepreneur Session

Join this event to learn more about crowdfunding. If you want to grow your business, but don’t have the funds then crowdfunding may just be the thing for you.

Date: 4 October, 12pm to 1pm
Location: Green Point Co-Working Space- Foyer A, 34 Somerset Road, Green Point, Cape Town


THUD: How I made my first million

Neo Rantele Kuaho, the founder of youth network YDIDI will share insights on how he reached his first million in turnover.

Date: 3 October, 6.30pm to 9pm
Location: Workshop 17 Maboneng, 4th Floor, 20 Kruger Street, The Main Change Building, City and Suburban

Fundi Den

The second annual Fundi Education Forum, in partnership with The African Presidential Leadership Centre (APLC), will bring together former heads of African states, educators, business leaders, billionaires, students and innovators to discuss disruptive ideas in an effort to solve some of the challenges facing education and learning in Africa.

Date: 3 October, 12pm
Location: Fundi Head Office – Hendrik Potgieter Rd & 14th Ave, Weltevredenpark, Weltevreden Park, 1751


MEST Africa Information Session Accra

Join the MEST Africa team at the MEST Incubator in Accra, every first Monday of the month, as they share their experience working with entrepreneurs from across the continent.

Date: 1 October, 5.30pm to 6.30pm
Location: MEST Incubator Accra, 19 Banana Street, Accra


Raw Financial Literacy Initiative

Dololo Operations’s Raw programme is building a community of entrepreneurs and doers. Join this event to learn more about how Raw is connecting with entrepreneurs, as well as the organisation’s financial literacy initiative.

Date: 4 October, 6pm to 8.30pm
Location: 958 Luderitz Street, Windhoek


Founders Conference

More than 1000 entrepreneurs are expected to join this conference to learn about 21st century growth models.

Date: 1 to 2 October, 9am to 12pm
Location: Pistis Hub, Maryland, Lagos

Lagos Fintech Week

This fintech event is expected to deliver exciting discussions, stimulating demos and insightful debates on the opportunities within the sector. Whether you’re a startup, technology company, investor, financial institution, research institute or innovation professional, you’ll want to be part of it.

Date: 2 to 5 October, 9am to 12pm
Location: Lagos Oriental Hotel, 3 Lekki – Epe Expressway, Lagos

CFA’s Startups Hangout: Leveraging on institutional support to scale

First Bank eBusiness Group head Chuma Ezirim will discuss how startups can leverage institutional support to scale their businesses.

Date: 4 October, 9am to 12pm
Location:, 53 Oladipo Bateye Road, Off Adekunle Fajuyi way, GRA, Ikeja

Founders Open House

Join Abuja-based co-working space Ventures Park will this week as it hosts an open house session. Founders get to work out of the space free for the day and also get to be part of Venture Park’s networking mixer in the evening.

Date: 5 October, 8am to 5pm
Location: Ventures Park, 29 Mambilla Street (off Aso Drive), Abuja

Startup Grind Jos hosts Sam Semako Jinadu (Principal partner Career-Wise Consults)

Join Sam Semako Jinadu, the founder of Plateau Volunteers Club, FootStepsAfrica, Youth Initiative and Development, People And Career (PAC) and @JosEvents, as he talks mentorship, career development and networking.

Date: 6 October, 12pm to 3pm
Location: 3rd Floor, TAEN Business Complex, Opposite former NITEL Office, Yakubu Gowon Way, Jos


#WhatsGood Product Marketing

How do you set the stage for a successful product launch? Learn more from Traction founder and principal consultant Julie Otieno, Oxfam International head of digital campaigns Muthoni Maingi, Tala East Africa marketing director Kevin Kaburu and Brand Kenya Board head of branding Hilda Ogada.

Date: 3 October, 6pm to 8.30pm
Location: Mettā Nairobi, 14 Riverside, Belgravia Building 6th Floor Wing A, Nairobi


Techstars Startup Weekend Carthage

Techstars Startup Weekend events follow a three-day interactive programme. On Friday participants will learn how to put Lean Startup methodology directly into practice, by pitching ideas and building teams and experiencing hands-on mentorship. Things will wrap up on Sunday with investor-style presentations.

Date: 5 to 7 October, 5pm to 6pm
Location: Cogite Coworking Space, Tunis


Lioness Lean In Harare

Join Lionesses of Africa founder and CEO Melanie Hawken and Nedbank Zimbabwe Limited managing director Charity Jinya at Harare’s first Lioness Lean In Breakfast event for women entrepreneurs. Lionesses of Africa is the fastest growing network of women entrepreneurs in Africa.

Date: 9 October, 8am to 11.30am
Location: Venue TBD, Harare


Lioness Lean In Lusaka

Lionesses of Africa will host its first Lioness Lean in Breakfast event for women entrepreneurs in Lusaka. Lionesses of Africa founder and CEO Melanie Hawken and National Savings and Credit Bank CEO Mukwandi Chibesakunda will attend the event.

Date: 3 October, 8am to 11.30am
Location: Venue TBD, Lusaka

Social Enterprise Academy launch

Is social enterprise an option for development? At this launch event, experts will explore the growing social entrepreneurship sector in Zambia in the hopes of identifying the specific challenges that an entrepreneur in this space may face and what support is available to them.

Date: 3 October, 9am to 12pm
Location: Alliance Française, Alick Nkhata Road, Lusaka

Featured image: Startup Grind Cape Town via Facebook

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