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Top startup events in South Africa, Africa you should know about this week [3/12/2018]

Featured image: Part of the audience at a Startup Grind Cape Town event held last month (Startup Grind Cape Town via Facebook)
Featured image: Part of the audience at a Startup Grind Cape Town event held last month (Startup Grind Cape Town via Facebook)

This week in Cape Town, the city’s leading tech organisations will celebrate its innovation at several Cape Town Startup Week events between Monday (3 December) and Thursday (6 December).

In Egypt, one of the Middle East’s biggest entrepreneurship gatherings, RiseUp Summit 2018, will kick off on Friday (7 December).

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

Future Females Workshop

Future Females will kick off Cape Town Startup Week with a workshop titled “How to show up, know your power and use your influence”.

Date: 3 December, 6pm to 9pm
Location: Workshop17, 17 Dock Road, Cape Town

Heavy Chef: SA’s top five most exciting startups

Join Heavy Chef as it announces the winners of its Top 5 Most Exciting Startups for 2018 awards.

Date: 4 December, 6pm to 11.30pm
Location: Workshop17, 17 Dock Road, Cape Town

How to win at Youtube with Dan MAce and Willie Morris

Youtube star Dan Mace and his manager Willie Morris will conduct a four-hour Heavy Chef masterclass on what it takes to become a world-class YouTube creator.

Date: 4 December, 9am to 1pm
Location: Workshop17, 17 Dock Road, Cape Town

Town hall meeting: Immigration policy and our ecosystem

Silicon Cape — in partnership with LaunchLab, Wesgro and De Saude Attorneys at Law — will host this town hall meeting, where the organisation will highlight key issues around South Africa’s immigration policy and propose a process to respond to the legislation as a collective.

Date: 4 December, 12.30pm to 13.30
Location: InvestSA Centre, 46 St Georges Mall, Cape Town

Startup Grind Cape Town: How to Scale Like Uber with Gabriel Luna-Ostaseski 

Gabriel Luna-Ostaseski, the founder of home improvement marketplace Modernize and growth accelerator Upshift Partners, will present a Heavy Chef masterclass on scaling your business or project.

Date: 5 December, 5.30pm to 8pm
Location: Workshop17, 17 Dock Road, Cape Town

Blockchain Conference

This conference aims to provide a comprehensive understanding of blockchain technology. It focuses on how to address the implementation challenges, make best use of the opportunities and benefit from the innovation and disruption that this technology brings.

Date: 7 December, 9am to 6pm
Location: President Hotel, 4 Alexander Road, Cape Town


SA Earth Observation Challenge

Join the finalists of the SA Earth Observation Challenge as they showcase their solutions for earth observation data. The challenge is an initiative of the SA National Space Agency, Digital Globe and the Technology Innovation Agency (TIA). RSVP to

Date: 6 December, 10.30am
Location: The Wanderers Club, 21 North Street, Johannesburg


Algeria 2.0 

Algeria 2.0 is a five-day conference that features workshops, competitions and exhibitions in ICT. More than 150 speakers will cover topics that include startups, the Internet of Things and the cloud.

Date: 4 to 8 December, 8.30am to 7pm
Location: Cyber Park Sidi Abdellah, Rahmania, Zeralda


RiseUp Summit 2018

The sixth edition of the RiseUp Summit, one of the Middle East’s biggest entrepreneurship gatherings, kicks off this week. The summit will feature talks and sessions by some of the world’s leading decision makers, tech experts, innovators and entrepreneurs.

Date: 7 to 9 December
Location: The Greek Campus 171 Tahrir Street, Bab El Louk, Cairo Or 28 Falaki Street, Bab El Louk, Cairo

Africa 2018 Forum

This forum will convene more than 1000 leaders in business and policy from across Africa and the world. It promises to be the biggest and most important gatherings taking place in Africa this year.

Look out for the Young Entrepreneurs Day taking place on the first day of the forum.

Date: 6 December
Location: Maritim Jolie Ville International Congress Center, Cairo

AUC Venture Lab – Demo Day Fall 2018

Join AUC Venture Lab to get early access to startups from different industries and explore their contribution to Egypt’s economic growth and competitiveness.

Date: 5 December, 5.30pm to 8.30pm
Location: Moataz Al Alfi Hall, Cairo Governorate


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: 3 December, 5.30pm to 6.30pm
Location: MEST Incubator Accra, 19 Banana Street, Accra

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


Luno Lagos Meetup: Building trust in Nigeria’s cryptocurrency market

Join this event to learn how cryptocurrency startup Luno is improving cryptocurrency literacy in the Nigerian market.

Date: 8 December, 10am to 1pm
Location: Radisson Blu Anchorage Hotel, Lagos VI, 1a Ozumba Mbadiwe Avenue, Idera Hall, Lagos


Tanzania Financial Inclusion Summit 2018

This summit will focus on the critical challenges and opportunities of the next generation of financial inclusions within East Africa. To find out more or to buy your tickets, email

Date: December, 9am to 5pm
Location: Julius Nyerere International Convention Center, Dar es Salaam


Users First: Implementing privacy and free expression for tech startups in Zambia

At this Facebook workshop, Global Partners Digital will guide participants through a series of practical steps that they can take to build products that put the user first — building consumer trust, opening opportunities for investment and ensuring compliance with the law.

Date: 6 December, 9am to 3.30pm
Location: BongoHive, Plot 16948B, Thabo Mbeki Rd, Lusaka

BongoHive Launch Accelerator’s 8th Demo Night

Join BongoHive Launch Accelerator startups as they pitch their solutions to a panel of judges and the audience.

Date: 6 December, 6pm to 8pm
Location: Alliance Française, Alick Nkhata Road, Lusaka

Featured image: Part of the audience at a Startup Grind Cape Town event held last month (Startup Grind Cape Town via Facebook)

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