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Top startup events in South Africa, Africa you should know about this week [19/11/2018] [Updated]

Featured image: Members of the audience at last week's Startup Grind Cape Town event (Startup Grind Cape Town via Facebook)
Featured image: Members of the audience at last week's Startup Grind Cape Town event (Startup Grind Cape Town via Facebook)

UCT’s Graduate School of Business Solution Space will this week host a digital solutions pitch night on Tuesday (20 November). Earlier on the same day, the Solution Space will also host a learning lunch workshop on the relationship between social media and income generation.

In East Africa, Enpact mentor Moses Acquah will tomorrow (19 November) explore common mistakes entrepreneurs make — and how you can avoid them — as well as discuss key attributes entrepreneurs should look for in an investor.

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For those in Lagos, CapitalSquare Ikoyi will on Tuesday (20 November) host a fireside chat with LifeBank Nigeria partnerships and growth lead Ifeoluwa Olokode.

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

Pitch Night: Digital Solutions

African tech startups are invited to pitch to a panel of industry experts. If you are interested or know anyone who might be interested, please apply here or share the opportunity.

Date: 20 November, 6pm to 7.30pm
Location: UCT Graduate School of Business, Solution Space, 9 Portswood Road, Cape Town

Solution Space Learning Lunch: The relationship between social media following and income generation

Solution Space Learning Lunches provides a space for entrepreneurs to learn from experts in their field. Join this event to learn how to build and protect a public image as an entrepreneur.

Attendees will also learn why traditional and social media hype isn’t always equal to value.

Date: 20 November, 1pm to 2.30pm
Location: Solution Space Philippi, 1 Cwangco Crescent, Philippi Village, 3rd Floor, Cape Town

Lean Coffee

For those that work in startups, lean (startup) coffee is a weekly one-hour coffee meetup that runs a mash-up of with

Unlike other startup meetups, lean (startup) coffee has no set agenda or a line-up of speakers, instead, the talks are centred around what you care about.

Date: 21 November, 8.30am to 9.30am
Location: 1 Somerset Road, Green Point, Cape Town

Future Females: Productivity -Slaying that dragon every, single, day 

This month Future Females tackles the issues of productivity. Join this event to learn about how you can be more productive, efficient and effective during the day .

Date: 21 November, 6pm to 8.30am
Location: Workshop 17, 17 Dock Road, V & A Waterfront, Cape Town



Durban Entrepreneur Fast Track

Spend a morning in November in this exclusive annual workshop to grow your business, team performance and quality of life by 10x.

Join Wealth Dynamics and Talent Dynamics creator as well as renowned futurist and entrepreneur Roger James Hamilton for this event.

Date: 20 November, 4.30pm to 5.30pm
Location: Garden Court Marine Parade, 167 OR Tambo Parade, Durban


Achievess Meetup: FinTech Foundation

Cryptocurrency, open banking and digital cash. These are just some of the latest disruptions to the financial services industry. But how do these new technologies actually function?

Whether you work in finance or tech, hope to have a career in fintech one day, or want to learn more about this emerging area, this course will answer these questions and more.

Date: 23 to 24 November, 5pm to 9pm
Location: AlMaqarr Coworking Space (Greek Campus – Downtown), Ad Dawawin, Cairo Governorate


How to become an investable startup

Join Enpact mentor Moses Acquah who will explore why entrepreneurs often start with an idea and develop it into a product or service that customer don’t want — and why entrepreneurs often confuse their product with the platform or medium for selling their product.

The workshop will also touch on the key attributes entrepreneurs should look for when searching for an investor for their business.

Date: 19 November, 6pm to 8pm
Location: The Kijiji, Daykio Plaza, Ngong Lane, Nairobi


MEST Presents: Sales 101

MEST is launching a five-week Sales 101 Workshop series targeting entrepreneurs, startups, students, and professionals looking to master their sales skills and close more deals.

Date: 21 November, 3pm to 5pm
Location: MEST Accra Incubator, East-Legon, Accra, 19 Banana Street, East Legon, Accra

MEST presents design thinking

MEST is launching a five-week Design Thinking Workshop. The workshop targets entrepreneurs and others looking to improve efficiency of their organisations through effective market research, fostering a culture of innovation and developing a good product-market fit.

Date: 24 November, 12pm to 2pm
Location: MEST Incubator Accra, East-Legon, Accra, 19 Banana Street, Ayawaso, Greater Accra


Conversations with LifeBank’s Ifeoluwa Olokode

CapitalSquare Ikoyi is hosting a fireside chat with LifeBank Nigeria partnerships and growth lead Ifeoluwa Olokode.

Date: 20 November, 10am to 2pm
Location: CapitalSquare Ikoyi, 225B Ikorodu Crescent, Dolphin estate, Ikoyi, Lagos

MEST Africa Information Session

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 as they share their experience working with entrepreneurs from across the continent.

Date: 22 November, 12pm to 2pm
Location: MEST Incubator Lagos, 19B Adeyemi Lawson Street, Lagos

Startupng Lagos Offline Meetup-Masterclass

This event themed “Strategic planning, business security and digital know-how for SMEs” will see experts discuss business strategies, digital marketing, branding and business security with attendees.

Date: 24 November, 12pm to 2pm
Location: Plot 18, Nike Art Gallery Road, Off Ikate, Lekki Epe Expressway, Lagos

Solutions Hangout

Solutions Hangout is a monthly business session organised by Young & Cerebral for entrepreneurs whose businesses are less than 10 years old. The sessions focus on capacity development and growth.

Date: 24 November, 3pm to 6pm
Location: Young & Cerebral’s Office, 25, Maye Street, Off Montgomery road, Yaba, Lagos


Seedstars Tanga

The 10 best startups from Tanzanian’s northern coastal city of Tanga will be invited to pitch in front of a jury panel and compete to participate at Seedstars World Tanzania finals which take place on 10 December in Dar es Salaam.

Date: 23 November, 4pm to 8pm
Location: Mkonge Hotel, Hospital Rd, Tanga


Innovate Ventures Demo Day

Innovate Ventures showcase the startups that participated in its 2018 accelerator programme at a demo day where the cohort will pitch to investors, local banks, donors, corporates and the government.

Date: 25 November, TBD
Location: Mansoor Hotel, Jigga Yar, Hargeisa

Featured image: Members of the audience at last week’s Startup Grind Cape Town event (Startup Grind Cape Town via Facebook)

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