Top startup events in South Africa, Africa you should know about this week [13/1/2019]

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

Ever wondered what the differences between personal branding and business branding are? Join StartupGrind Pretoria tomorrow (15 January) as they explore this in a fireside chat with the founders of SummerTime design studio Raksha Mahabeer and Sandya Singh.

If you’re in Kenya you’ll want to attend the Kaleidoscope Africa’s Launch to Scale event in Nairobi on Thursday (17 January) where critical success factors that determine how startups move from launch to scale will be discussed.

For those working with Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) in Nigeria, you won’t want to miss the AR/VR Africa Meetup on Saturday (19 January) at NG Hub in Lagos.

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: 16 January, 8.30am to 9.30am
Location: 1 Somerset Road, Green Point, Cape Town


StartupGrind Pretoria: Personal branding vs business branding with Raksha Mahabeer & Sandhya Singh (SummerTime)

Join SummerTime design studio co-founders Raksha Mahabeer and Sandya Singh as they explore the world of branding.

Date: 15 January, 6pm to 9pm
Location: African Beer Emporium @ 012Central, 367 Helen Joseph (Church) Street, Pretoria


MEST 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: 14 January, 6.30pm to 7.30pm
Location: MEST Incubator Nairobi, Pinetree Plaza, Kirubu Drive, Nairobi

Airbus Bizlab Africa4Future winner announcement

Join this event to find out who has been selected to participate in the Airbus Bizlab #Africa4Future accelerator programme.

Date: 17 January, 9am to 12pm
Location: MEST Incubator Nairobi, Pinetree Plaza, Kirubu Drive, Nairobi

Launch to Scale: How successful startups scale into global enterprises

Why do some startups grow into large, profitable and well-funded success stories? What differentiates the success cases from the rest? What are the critical success factors to move from launch to scale?

In the first of a series of events, Kaleidoscope Africa asks these and more questions to entrepreneurs who successfully built and scaled companies in Kenya.

Date: 17 January, 5pm to 8pm
Location: Nailab, 4th Floor, Bishop Magua Centre, Nairobi

Founders Conversation

Join the conversation and get insights and strategies to help you kickstart your 2019 in profit.

Date: 17 January, 8.30am to 9.30am
Location: Ankole Grill, Galana Road, Nairobi



Raw offers entrepreneurs a safe and trusted space to connect with peers and share lessons learned or face challenges and uncertainty together.

Date: 17 January, 6pm to 9pm
Location: Dololo, 118 Robert Mugabe Avenue, Khnomas, Windhoek


How to design a sustainable business model using the business model canvas

This workshop will spur you to think innovatively about how to build your ideas in a way that will result sustainable ventures that can attract investments.

Date: 19 January, 10am to 2pm
Location: NG Hub, 8 Montgomery Rd, Sabo, Yaba, Lagos

AR/VR Africa Meetup January 2019

Calling all Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality and Mixed Reality enthusiasts. Explore WebXR and find out about funding opportunities for extended reality (XR) startups from the Unicef Innovation Fund. Guest speakers are WebXR developer and consultant Fabien Benetou and Unicef Ventures XR portfolio lead Chris Szymczak.

Date: 19 January, 11am to 5pm
Location: NG Hub, 8 Montgomery Rd, Sabo, Yaba, Lagos

Startup Grind Abeokute launch party

Network with other entrepreneurs from Abeokute at this Startup Grind launch party.

Date: 19 January, 11pm to 3pm
Location: Wokcity Garden & Bar 13, Lalubu Street, opposite GLO Office, Okeilewo, Abeokuta


Co-creation of Solutions to Public Transport in Dar es Salaam

Young professionals from different sectors will meet with policy makers, decision makers and implementers in urban and public transport sectors to assess the challenges facing public transport in Dar es Salaam and to propose solutions that take a holistic approach and relationships between urban planning, management and transportation.

Date: 17 January, 6pm to 9pm
Location: Buni Innovation Hub, Sayansi Building, COSTECH, Dar es Salaam


Founders Live Harare

Five handpicked companies will take the hot seat, with only 99 seconds to pitch their company and describe their value proposition in front of an eager audience.

Date: 18 January, 6pm to 9pm
Location: Impact Hub Harare, 194 Baines Avenue, Harare

Featured image: Startup Grind Cape Town via Facebook



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