Top startup events in South Africa, Africa you should know about this week [26/11/2018]

Featured image: Participants at this year's Africa Early Stage Investor Summit in Cape Town (Supplied)
Featured image: Participants at this year's Africa Early Stage Investor Summit in Cape Town (Supplied)

This week join Cape Town based 88 Business Collective on Tuesday (27 November) as the initiative celebrates the entrepreneurs that came out tops in its 18-month accelerator programme.

In Joburg, network with local startups at the Startup Guide Johannesburg Community Kickoff on Thursday (29 November).

For those in Kenya, leading experts will discuss how startups can tap into alternative sources of funding at an African Investor Meetup in Nairobi that takes place tomorrow (26 November).

In Nigeria, TechCabal will on Friday (30 November) host a fintech forum that will explore the next generation of fintech that will come out of the country.

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

88BCAfrica Female Founder Awards

Join the 88 Business Collective as it honours the top-achievers of its 18-month accelerator programme.

Date: 27 November, 9.30am to 1pm
Location: Rise Cape Town, Block B, 5th Floor, Woodstock Exchange, 66 Albert Street, Woodstock, 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: 28 November, 8.30am to 9.30am
Location: 1 Somerset Road, Green Point, Cape Town

Demo Day: Venture Incubation Programme Winter School 18

Join UCT Graduate School of Business’s Solution Space at its Venture Incubation Programme (VIP) Winter School 18 Demo Day.

Demo Day is an opportunity to celebrate the progress the programme’s startups have made in the past three months and to get in front of potential investors, partners and customers.

Date: 29 November, 6pm to 9pm
Location: UCT Graduate School of Business, Solution Space, 9 Portswood Road, Cape Town

Demo Day: Impact Venture Incubation Programme (IVIP) Winter School ’18

This event will see 12 social impact-driven startups showcase their solutions. The 12 have been working with The Solution Space and the Bertha Centre for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship to test and validate their business models.

Date: 1 December, 10am to 12.30pm
Location: Solution Space Philippi, 1 Cwangco Crescent, Philippi Village, 3rd Floor, Cape Town


Eco-Growth Accelerator: Sytematic access to funding for towsnhip entrepreneurs

Are you struggling to get funding for your business? Do you need to know why you’re failing in accessing funding and need a creative solution?

Join this Eco-Growth Accelerator session to learn more about how township entrepreneurs can access funding.

Date: 28 November, 11am to 1pm
Location: Moses Molelekwa Community Centre, Andrew Mapheto Drive, Johannesburg

Startup Guide Johannesburg Community Kick-Off

Celebrate the kickoff of Startup Guide Johannesburg, network with the local startup community and submit your nominations for the guidebook.

Date: 29 November, 6pm to 9pm
Location: Tshimologong Precinct, 41 Juta Street, Johannesburg

African Entrepreneur Summit

Discover the top 10 waves that African entrepreneurs are riding to attract customers, maximise profits, increase impact and work from anywhere in the world.

Date: 1 to 2 December, 8am to 5.30pm
Location: Emperors Palace, 64 Jones Rd, O.R. Tambo, Kempton Park, 1620, South Africa, Johannesburg


Future Females: Productivity – Don’t be busy, just be Productive

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: 27 November, 6pm to 8.30pm
Location: The Djem Cafe, 369 Walkers Lane, Greyville, Durban


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

Soapbox Session: The Workspace

Join Workspace Global founder Sydney Sam as he shares his professional journey and some key insights on how he founded his company.

Date: 29 November, 3pm to 5pm
Location: MEST Accra Incubator, East-Legon, Accra, 19 Banana Street, East Legon, Accra

Climate Drawdown Challenge Workshop

At this workshop participants will use design thinking and business planning to imagine, test and refine product, service, or startup ideas to bring to market solutions to reverse global warming.

Date: 1 December, 3pm to 5pm
Location: Impact Hub Accra, F 393/4 Otswe Street, Osu Ako Adjei, Accra


African Investor Meetup, Nairobi

At this meetup, leading experts we’ll discuss how startups based in Africa can bridge the funding gap by tapping into alternative sources of funding.

Date: 26 November, 3pm to 5pm
Location: Mettā Nairobi, 6th Floor, Belgravia, 14 Riverside Drive, Nairobi

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: 26 November, 5.30pm to 6.30pm
Location: Nairobi Garage, Ngong Road, 7th Floor, Nairobi

The rise of the female entrepreneur

This event will explore why there couldn’t be a better time to thrive as a female entrepreneur and how you can take advantage of the opportunities available to grow your business.

Date: 27 November, 6pm to 9pm
Location: Nyama Mama Delta, Nairobi

A Billion Startups

Learn how to prepare for an investment opportunity by attending this roundtable session.

Date: 31 November, 3pm to 5pm
Location: The Entrepreneurship Centre-Adalyn Flats, Musa Motors,Next to Bemuda Plaza, Ground Floor, Ngong Road, Nairobi


Angel Fair Africa

Angel Fair Africa brings selected African entrepreneurs to pitch to a room of curated investors with the intent of doing deals.

The event, which started in 2013, has so far resulted in $23-million worth of investments in Kenya, Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Ghana and South Africa.

Date: 29 to 30 November
Location: Radisson Blu, Maputo


Ecosystems Hangout: Finance and regulatory techniques that accelerate startups and businesses

This two-part event will enable techies, entrepreneurs, startups, and investors to connect with one another to share ideas, resources, innovate, build strong business foundations and create value that is exponentially changing the future of Africa.

Date: 30 November, 5pm to 8pm
Location: LeadSpace Yaba (Lagos), 70 Olonode Street Off Hughes Avenue Alagomeji, Yaba, Lagos

TC Townhall: Fintech 2.0

TechCabal convenes a forum that looks at the next generation of financial technologies in Nigeria, through the eyes of the next generation of fintech entrepreneurs and investors.

Date: 30 November, 10am to 2.30pm
Location: Softcom Limited, 8 Oduduwa Crescent, Ikeja


Startups Bakk Arena

Startups Bakk Arena aims to provide startups with a platform to showcase their solutions.

Date: 29 November, 4pm to 6pm
Location: ICTC Dakar, 3, Rue Béranger Feraud, Dakar


JCTQ Canadian-Tunisian Forum

The aim of this event is to explore opportunities for collaboration between the Canadian and Tunisian startups. Register if the North American market interests you.

Date: 27 November, 2pm to 5pm
Location: Cogite Coworking Space, Tunis

Featured image: Participants at this year’s  Africa Early Stage Investor Summit in Cape Town (Supplied)



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