Top startup events in South Africa, Africa you should know about this week [3/3/2019]

Featured image: Startup Grind Cape Town via Facebook

For those in Cape Town this week, look out for Africa Tech Week, which takes place on Monday and Tuesday (4 and 5 March) at Century City, as well as the Blockchain Africa Conference which takes place at the same location on Tuesday.

Fuck Up Nights Nairobi is back with this year’s first event taking place on Wednesday (3 March) at Mettā Nairobi.

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

Africa Tech Week

By entrenching exponential technologies and 21st century thinking at the heart of transformation, Africa Tech Week attracts experienced global developers, tech recruiting firms, major investors and startups from across Africa and the world.

Date: 4 and 5 March, 9am to 5pm
Location: Century City Convention Centre, No. 4 Energy Lane, Bridgeways Precinct, Century City, Cape Town

Blockchain Africa Conference

The conference will focus on how blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies can achieve the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals for economic growth and social inclusion by enabling and broadening access to a wide range of financial and other services.

Date: 5 March, 8am to 5pm
Location: Century City Convention Centre, No. 4 Energy Lane, Bridgeways Precinct, Century City, Cape Town

Lean Startup Coffee

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

Date: 6 March, 8.30am to 9.30am
Location: 1 Somerset Road, Green Point, Cape Town

Abu Addae (LifeCheq) at Startup Grind

Startup Grind Cape Town hosts LifeCheq CEO and co-founder Abu Addae.

Date: 6 March, 5.30pm to 8.30pm
Location: 17 Dock Road, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town

Cape Town LawTech Community Meetup

This is a discussion and networking event looking at how the legaltech landscape is addressing the challenges of today’s businesses.

Date: 6 March, 6.30pm to 8.30pm
Location: 180 Lounger, 34 Bree Street, 16th floor, Cape Town

Keynote Ideasvoice SA: Entrepreneurs Discussion

Over two hours, a panel of 11 experienced and successful entrepreneurs, will tackle current problems facing small businesses and future entrepreneurs and associated solutions.

Date: 7 March, 6.30pm to 8.30pm
Location: University of Cape Town, New Lecture Hall, UCT Campus, Cape Town

VC Office Hours with Hlayisani Capital

Tech startup founders are invited to VC Office Hours with Hlayisani Capital portfolio manager Mathew Palin. The aim of Office Hours events is to further the Solution Space’s goal of reducing risks associated with new business models.

Date: 8 March, 10am to 1pm
Location: UCT Graduate School of Business, Solution Space, 9 Portswood Road, Cape Town


Banking Reimagined

Join Sasfin and hellopaisa as they begin their journey towards banking the unbanked.

Date: 6 March, 4.30pm to 5pm
Location: Inanda Club, The Club Rooms, Forrest Road, Inanda, Sandton

Lioness Lean In – Sandton, Johannesburg

Lioness Lean In events bring together inspirational African women entrepreneurs to share, inspire and connect with the next generation of great women-led startups.

Date: 8 March, 8am to 11.30am
Location: Volkswagen Group SA, 129 Patricia Road, Sandton, Johannesburg



This interactive discussion, hosted by the Kingdom of Netherlands in Egypt, aims to bring different stakeholders of the vibrant Egyptian entrepreneurial community together and discuss challenges and opportunities for Egyptian startups.

Date: 3 March, 10am to 13.30am
Location: Volkswagen Group SA, 129 Patricia Road, Sandton, Johannesburg


Startup Grind Tema hosts AgroCenta

Join this event to learn how AgroCenta’s founders built their startup from seed to growth stage.

Date: 8 March, 6.30pm to 8pm
Location: Royal Nick Hotel, Tema, Community 6, Tema


StartupBrand 1.0

StartUp Brand 1.0 is a two-day workshop for entrepreneurs and professionals which focuses on the rudiments of branding and the branding experience.

Date: 7 and 8 March, 11am to 3pm
Location: Capital Square, 225b, Ikorodu Crescent, Dolphin Estate, Ikoyi, Lagos

Warri Tech Women Meetup

This event aims to educate young women in Warri of the potential that tech and innovative entrepreneurship has to transform lives.

Date: 9 March, 2pm to 5pm
Location: BB Hotel, Deco Road, Warri


ALX Fireside Chat with Saul Singer

Join Start-up Nation co-author and journalist Saul Singer as he share insights from his latest book.

Date: 4 March, 6.30pm to 8.30pm
Location: Nairobi Garage 7th Floor, Ngong Road, Kaburu Drive, Pinetree Plaza, Nairobi

Startup Grind hosts Wasili Cab founders Tim Kamanga and Mark Njagi

Join this event to learn more from Wasili Cab founders Tim Kamanga and Mark Njagi how to handle business challenges, as well as how to attract numbers and investors.

Date: 5 March, 6pm to 9pm
Location: Lydia Arcade 3rd Floor Opp Equity Bank Kenyatta Avenue, Kenyatta Avenue, Nakuru

Fuckup Nights Nairobi

Fuckup Nights is a global event series where people share stories of professional failure. Join Abacus founder Joe Macharia and wellness advisor Chiki Kuruka as they share their experiences.

Date: 6 March, 6pm to 9pm
Location: Mettā Nairobi, Belgravia Suite 6th floor, 14 Riverside Drive, Nairobi

Cracking the code: A guide to hiring talent

This event will attempt to map the current digital skill sets in Kenya — what’s available, and where to find it. Other topics to be covered include what defines a great tech hire, as well as candidate evaluation.

Date: 7 March, 6pm to 8pm
Location: Moringa School, Daykio, Nairobi, Nairobi County

Startup Grind hosts Natel Consultants founder Martin Thiong’o

Join Natel Consultant founder and director Martin Thiong’o as he talks about why the your network equals your net-worth.

Date: 8 March, 5pm to 8pm
Location: Sirikwa Hotel, Elgeyo Road, off Oloo street, Eldoret


Startup Grind Kigali: The Future of Tech

Join a panel comprised of experts from Andela Rwanda, Hepta Analytics, Liquid Telecom and Carnegie Mellon University as they discuss the future of tech.

The discussion will focus on topics around: the future of work and talent, why data is the world’s most valuable resources, cloud connectivity and the future of digital finance in Africa.

Date: 7 March, 5.30pm to 8pm
Location: Westerwelle Startup Haus, KG622 Street, Fairview Building, 5th Floor, Kigali


Startup Hour with Steven Mwale

Join Retunes founder and CEO Steven Mwale as he talks about branding.

Date: 6 March, 5.30pm to 7pm
Location: Protea Hotel by Marriott Lusaka, 10101 Thabo Mbeki Road, Lusaka

Featured image: Startup Grind Cape Town via Facebook

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