Top startup events in South Africa, Africa you should know about this week [22/10/2018]

Featured image: Members of the audience at a Startup Grind Cape Town event in January (Startup Grind Cape Town via Facebook)
Featured image: Members of the audience at a Startup Grind Cape Town event in January (Startup Grind Cape Town via Facebook)

This week Startup Grind Johannesburg will host Retroviral founder Mike Sharman as he tackles the do’s and don’ts of a perfect pitch on Tuesday (23 October).

In Kenya, African Business Angel Network Tom Davies and SA funding consultant Alexandra Fraser will on Thursday (25 October) conduct a workshop on valuation and deal structuring.

In Nigeria, Ventures Platform will on (26 October) host a sit-down between the Nigerian government and startups to discuss how the government can help create a favourable environment for startups.

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

Solution Space Pitch Night: Digital solutions

Solution Space Pitch Nights provide a platform for entrepreneurs to practice pitching their startup to local angel investors and hear what other entrepreneurs are working on. Tech startups are invited to pitch to a panel of industry experts.

Date: 23 October, 6pm to 7.30pm
Location: UCT Graduate School of Business, Solution Space, 9 Portswood 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: 24 October, 8.30am to 9.30am
Location: 1 Somerset Road, Green Point, Cape Town

Scaling up is not too hard to do

Join Kim Palmer, founder and director of ICT On the Ball College. Palmer, will provide tips on how to scale your business.

Date: 24 October, 5.30pm to 9pm
Location: 25 Wale Street, Cape Town

Blockchain, law and corruption (lecture)

Join Professor Sope Williams-Elegbe for a presentation on the legal implications of blockchain as a technology.

Date: 25 October, 5.30pm to 7.30pm
Location: Ou Hoofgebou, Victoria Street, Stellenbosch

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 be just the thing for you.

Date: 25 October, 12pm to 1pm
Location: Green Point Co-Working Space- Foyer A, 34 Somerset Road, Green Point, Cape Town

MEST Africa Soap-box Session with AlphaCode

MEST Incubator Cape Town and AlphaCode have partnered to host monthly soapbox session afternoon drinks. Join the event, stand on a soapbox, and tell attendees what your startup is up to and network with the tech community.

Date: 26 October, 4.30pm to 5.30pm
Location: MEST Incubator Cape Town, 66 Albert Road, Woodstock Exchange, 401 A Block,Cape Town


Startup Grind Joburg: Pitches be crazy with Mike Sharman (Retroviral)

Join Retroviral founder Mike Sharman as he tackles the do’s and don’ts of a perfect pitch. With more than 11 years agency experience, Sharman has successfully implemented business-supporting traditional and digital communication campaigns for both established brands as well as startups.

Date: 23 October, 6pm to 9pm
Location: Impello Coworking Space, 139 Greenway, Randburg

South African Startup Awards: South Africa National Finals

The Southern Africa Startup Awards – South Africa, in collaboration with Startup Grind Johannesburg, will host the national startup ecosystem in an event to celebrates #StartupSuperHeroes, and select the winners in each category, who will represent South Africa at the regional Southern Africa Startup Awards Grand Finale next month.

Date: 24 October, 6pm to 9pm
Location: The Bird House, 25 Owl Street, Braamfontein Werf, Johannesburg

How to find clients and grow your business with York Zucchi

Join former Goldman Sachs banker, TED talk speaker and serial entrepreneur York Zucchi as shares tips on how to find clients and grow your business.

Date: 25 October, 5.30pm to 7.30pm
Location: Regus – Johannesburg Bryanston The Campus, Ground Floor, The Twickenham Building, Cnr Main and Sloane Street, Bryanston


Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs training: Introduction to the investment process

Join this two-day comprehensive introduction to the investment process and doing deals in East Africa. Experienced experts and on-the-ground practitioners will train attendees on the entire investment process — from deal sourcing to post-investment management and exits.

Date: 24 to 25 October, 8am to 7pm
Location: The Emory Hotel, Kileleshwa, Nairobi, Kenya

VBAN Masterclass series: Valuation and deal structuring

Tom Davies, Lagos Angel Network co-founder and president of the African Business Angel Network, along with SA funding consultant Alexandra Fraser will conduct this session on valuation and deal structuring.

Date: 25 October, 7am to 11am
Location: 6/F Belgravia Suite 6A, 14 Riverside, Nairobi, Kenya


MEST Masterclass: Journey to founder

Funke Opeke of MainOne will share a first-hand account of what it takes to become a founder of a leading African technology company.

Date: 23 October, 6pm to 8pm
Location: MEST Incubator Lagos, 19B Adeyemi Lawson Street, Lagos

MEST Africa Information Session (Lagos)

Do you aspire to build your own Pan-African software company? Do you want to learn more about how you can join one of the largest pan-African tech incubators? Join the MEST Africa team at the MEST Incubator Lagos, as they share their experience working with entrepreneurs from across the continent.

Date: 25 October, 5.30pm to 6.30pm
Location: MEST Incubator Lagos, 19B Adeyemi Lawson Street, Lagos

Ecosystem Dialogue Series: Tax incentives for startups in Nigeria

Ecosystem Dialogue Series are monthly sit-downs organised by Ventures Platform between the government and startups to discuss how government can create a favourable environment for startups to thrive.

This week’s session will focus on tax incentives for the Nigerian startup ecosystem, particularly on whether the current tax regime is realistic for startups.

Date: 26 October, 11am to 12.30pm
Location: Ventures Platform, 5 Sumbo Jibowu Street, off Awolowo road, Ikoyi

WennoChat October edition Lagos

Richard Obiechie of Vista international will highlight business growth, how to position your company for it and how to be profitable running a business.

Date: 26 October, 3pm to 5pm
Location: Wennovation Hub, Lagos, 11 Rev Ogunbiyi Street GRA, Ikeja, Lagos

Startup Grind Lagos hosts Terry Kanu ( co-founder)

Join founder Terry Kanu as he talks about his startup. Kanu will be joined by Gary Ross, a renowned US lawyer who focuses on on security laws, venture capital, and private equity.

Date: 27 October, 3pm to 5pm
Location: Seedspace Address, 23 Agodogba Ave, Parkview Estate, Lagos

Solutions Hangout

Join Flying Doctors Nigeria founder Dr Ola Brown and Gbadegesin Gbede at this event series which aims to help young entrepreneurs to align their business needs with their actual goals.

Date: 27 October, 3pm to 6pm
Location: Young & Cerebral’s Office, 25, Maye Street, Off Montgomery road, Yaba, Lagos


The Next Women Tunisie L’Apero Bavard Bloomi Edition three: Social Entrepreneurship

Lab’ess – Accelerator of Social Innovation in collaboration with The Next Women Tunisie and Bloomi Coworking Familial have organised this event on social entrepreneurship. Join founders of Sciencia, HawKar, We Improve Imen Jani and Little Jenaina.

Date: 23 October, 6.30pm to 8.30pm
Location: Lab’ess – Accelerator of Social Innovation, 7 rue Dr Alphonse Laveran, 1002 Belvedere, Aryanah


Venture Capital in Africa Summit

The African Private Equity and Venture Capital Association’s (Avca) inaugural Venture Capital (VC) in Africa Summit aims facilitate thought provoking dialogue, industry-driven insights and unparalleled networking opportunities.

Date: 24 October, 12am
Location: Sheraton Grand Park Lane, London


Emerging Ideas Pitch Night

Each month, early-stage innovators and startup business owners take to the stage to pitch their ideas at Emerging Ideas Pitch Nights.

There are only three pitches at each event, so if your idea is still in concept, or if you don’t have an idea yet, join the event to network, listen to pitches and offer candid feedback.

Date: 25 October, 5.30pm to 8pm
Location: Celebration Church Bulawayo Auditorium, 76 Josiah Tongogara, Bulawayo

Featured image: Members of the audience at a Startup Grind Cape Town event in January (Startup Grind Cape Town via Facebook)



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