Top startup events in South Africa, Africa you should know about this week [19/5/2019]

Featured image: Delegates pictured at the Africa Early Stage Investor Summit 2018 held in Cape Town in November last year. (Robert Cable)

Ever wondered what tech trends will shape the most successful careers over the next 30 years? Lifecheq will on Tuesday (21 May) host a talk featuring four tech entrepreneurs who will explore this subject.

For those Joburgers curious about smart cities, Tshimologong Precinct will on Thursday (23 May) host a breakfast event that will examine how members of the civic space can contribute to smarter cities.

In Kenya, Nest’s thought leadership and education series,#WhatsGood, which is a aimed at uncovering best practices in a particular vertical, is back with a focus on digital payment security — this Thursday (23 May).

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

Lifecheq’s Africa + Tech

Lifecheq hosts four tech entrepreneurs — Rapelang Rabana, Dare Okoudjou, Nnamdi Oranye and Lebo Mokgabudi — who will discuss trends that are expected to shape some the most successful careers over the next 30 years.

Date: 21 May, 6pm
Location: Radisson Blu Hotel Waterfront, 100 Beach Rd, Granger Bay, Cape Town

SBC AfriTech FastTrack

Startupbootcamp AfriTech in partnership with RCS will host the Cape Town FastTrack day as part of its international tour to support the continent’s best talent.

Date: 22 May, 8am to 5pm
Location: RCS Golf Park, 6 Raapenberg Road, Mowbray

Decentralised Engagement Networks (DEN) Session

Join Soccer Laduma CEO Peter du Toit for an evening of networking at this JET8 session where he will share his learning from creating a community around football and the impact of tech on this.

Date: 23 May, 6pm to 8pm
Location: First Floor, Speakers Corner, 33 Parliament Street, Cape Town


Civic Tech Breakfast Event

What are smart cities? Join this event to find out and learn more about how various actors in the civic space — techies, entrepreneurs, industry players, community residents, public duty-bearers and academics — can contribute to smarter cities.

Date: 23 May, 8am to 10am
Location: Tshimologong Precinct, 41 Juta Street,Johannesburg

AR/VR Tech Meet-up

Join this event to explore the state of augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) in South Africa and the opportunities that exist with these technologies.

Date: 23 May, 6pm to 9pm
Location: Tshimologong Precinct, Juta Street 41, Johannesburg

IASP Africa Division Workshop

The Innovation Hub will host the IASP Africa Division Workshop under the theme The Role of Science and Technology Parks and Areas of Innovation as enablers for economic development.

Date: 23 and 24 May
Location: The Innovation Hub Pretoria, Innovation Centre, Mark Shuttleworth Street, The Innovation Hub, Tshwane

Edtech Women Breakfast Club

Have breakfast with other thought leaders and change makers — who aim to make an impact in education through harnessing the power of digital platforms and tools. This event is an opportunity to explore trending topics, network and hear exciting speakers.

Date: 24 May, 8.30am to 11am
Location: iStore, Sandton Drive, 1 Sandton Drive, Sandton, Johannesburg


Fundamentals of entrepreneurship

This event will look into the critical aspects of entrepreneurship — from the process of developing a business, to how to identify and expand in the marketplace and how to pitch to new investors.

Date: 20 May, 8am to 12pm
Location: Cresta Thapama, A1, Francistown


Startupbootcamp Pride FinTech Cairo 

Join Startupbootcamp Pride FinTech Cairo at its first Demo Day.

Date: 22 May, 8.30pm
Location: La Viennoise, 11 Mahmoud Bassiouny, Cairo


Learn about investing

Looking to grow your business? Learn about attracting capital, taught by one of the most active private equity investors in Ethiopia.

Date: 23 May, 9am to 12.30pm
Location: Renew Investment Advisors, Jacros – Salite Mehret Rd, Addis Ababa


Channelling diaspora resources

This forum will bring together diaspora investors and businesses based in Ghana, policy makers and growth-focused entities to discuss how diaspora resources can be channelled into local enterprise.

Date: 20 May, 8.30am to 2pm
Location: Coconut Grove Regency Hotel, 5 John Kasavubu Road, Accra

Africa Communications Week 

Industry professionals will explore whether Africa can lead disruptive innovation in communication at Africa Communications Week Accra Edition.

Date: 22 May, 9.30am
Location: Kukun, 14 Koi Street (near Ako-Adjei Park), Osu, Accra


Investment Case for Medical Diagnostics

A panel of leading minds in the healthcare industry will discuss the investment case for medical diagnostics in Africa.

Date: 21 May, 7.30am to 10am
Location: Crowne Plaza, Upper Hill, Nairobi

Fintech Summit

This event that will provide a great opportunity to learn about insights from the fintech industry including new technologies that can better improve financial services.

: 22 May, 8am to 4.30pm
Location: Villa Rosa Kempinski Nairobi, Nairobi

How to scale your business

This panel discussion is for all developers, small businesses and entrepreneurs running startups who would like to get insights on how to scale in the current highly competitive business environment.

Date: 23 May, 6pm to 8pm
Location: African Leadership X (ALX), Nairobi

#WhatsGood Payment Security

The presenters at this event aim to answer the question: How do you secure payments with less friction and fraud?

Date: 23 May, 6pm to 8.30pm
Location: 6/F Belgravia, 14 Riverside Drive, Suite 6A, Nairobi


Meet the 212 Founders team

Entrepreneurs and project leaders will get to meet the 212 Founders team to learn more about 212 Founders incubation programme, acceleration and investment modalities.

Date: 21 May and 23 May, 9.15pm to 11.45pm
Location:Commons Zerktouni 179, Corner Blvd. of London and Boulevard de la Resistance, Casablanca


MEST Masterclass

Renowned business and sustainability expert Ndidi Nnoli-Edozien will discuss the 7Ps of building a sustainable business at this MEST Masterclass.

Date: 23 May, 5pm to 7.30pm
Location: MEST Incubator Lagos, 19B Adeyemi Lawson Street, Lagos

Fundraising workshop

This fundraising workshop will provide practical, step by step advice, and feature talks from entrepreneurs who have successfully raised money for their businesses, as well as investors actively funding businesses.

Date: 23 May, 6pm to 8pm
Location: GoDo Hub, 53 Oladipo Bateye Road, Off Adekunle Fajuyi Way, GRA, Ikeja, Lagos

Female entrepreneurs meetup

Startup Grind Lagos hosts Seedspace Lagos GM Alessia Balducci, Decor NG founder Banke Ajagunna, HR Trapster founder Emmanuella Unuode and Shecluded founder Ifeoma Uddoh.

The four will discuss the intricacies of starting and running a business, while also diving into the opportunities & challenges woman face in the business & the working environment.

Date: 25 May, 3pm to 5pm
Location: Seedspace Lagos, 23 Agodogba Ave, Parkview Estate, Ikoyi, Lagos


Africa Communications Week

At this event, participants will generate and exchange knowledge and ideas to improve innovation models and provide guidance and recommendations for better communication in Africa.

Date: 22 May, 8am to 6pm
Location:ISM Group, Higher Institute of Management, Dakar

Featured image: Delegates pictured at the Africa Early Stage Investor Summit 2018 held in Cape Town in November last year. (Robert Cable)

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