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

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

For those in Cape Town this week, Uhuru Spaces founder and Girl Hype CEO Baratang Miya will talk about how to ensure that artificial intelligence (AI) can be trusted as a technology, at a Startup Grind Event on Tuesday (7 May).

Joburgers will have an opportunity to explore the state of the township economy with speaker and entrepreneur Bulelani Balabala at a Startup Grind Tembisa event on Thursday (9 May).

Kenyan startup founders will get insights on what investors look for in startups at an investment engagement seminar on Friday (10 May) in 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

Startup Grind Cape Town

Join Uhuru Spaces founder and Girl Hype CEO Baratang Miya as she discusses how one can make sure that artificial intelligence (AI) is compassionate, non-biased and basically human in its values.

Date: 7 May, 5.30pm to 9pm
Location: Workshop 17, 17 Dock Road, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town

Future Females Winelands 

Future Females will host an expert in the digital marketing scene who will share her knowledge and experience in putting together the right toolbox for a digital strategy to unleash the unlimited potential of ones business.

Date: 7 May, 6pm to 8pm
Location: Workshop 17 Tabakhuis, Paarl

Square 5 Blockchain Community Event

Curious how SA blockchain startups will disrupt traditional industries? Then you’ll want to join this event which features Revix founders Sean Sanders and Louis Buys, Registree chief data scientist Allan Davids, Switch co-founder Andrew Murray and Nona co-founder and COO Ed O’Reilly.

Date: 9 May, 5pm to 10pm
Location: Startupbootcamp AfriTech, 1 Sand Hill Road, Green Point, Cape Town

#Africa4Future Summit Day

The #Africa4Future Summit will allow you to directly engage with the startups, learn about their technologies and the solutions they provide across various sectors.

Participants of the summit will have the opportunity to see selected startups demonstrate their prototypes and jointly explore possibilities for partnerships and further collaboration.

Date: 10 May, 9am to 4.30pm
Location: 3rd floor, CITI, Woodstock Exchange, 401 Albert Road, Woodstock

East London

Startup Grind East London

Startup Grind East London hosts MTN SME Division general manager Lindile Xoko. Xoko will discuss how ICT can be employed to grow the agricultural cluster in the Eastern Cape.

Date: 9 May, 5.30pm to 7.30pm
Location: 6 Donald Road (Second Office), Vincent, East London


State of the Township Economy

Startup Grind Tembisa will host a talk on the state of the township economy with speaker and entrepreneur Bulelani Balabala.

Date: 9 May, 5.30pm to 8.30pm
Location:Yes4youth Tembisa, 80 Andrew Mapheto Drive, Makhulong, Tembisa


Startup Grind Nakuru

Mvua Heritage co-founder and managing director Astine Muchiri will discuss how entrepreneurs can find a niche in a crowded industry.

Date: 8 May,6pm to 9pm
Location: Rift Valley Sports Club, Club Road, Nakuru

Investor engagement seminar

Commercial Bank of Africa Group CEO Isaac Awuondo will conduct this investor engagement seminar aimed at helping startups understand what investors look for in a startup.

Date: 10 May, 2pm to 4pm
Location: C4DLab, Riverside Drive, Nairobi

Compliance training for startups

Capita Registrars in partnership with FIE Consult is hosting an Essential Compliance Training for small businesses and startups.

Date: 10 May, 8am to 5pm
Location: Pride Inn Westlands Wazi WiFi Hotspot, Westlands Close, Nairobi


Google Digital Skills Training

Join this event to learn secrets to grow your career or business, with carefully curated training courses designed to build your confidence and help you thrive. The training will also help you discover tools to make your business succeed.

Date: 7 May, 9.30am to 1pm
Location: Enterprise Development Center, Km 22, Lekki-Epe Exp. Way, Ajah, Lekki,Lagos

Founder Hotseat

Do you have a startup, or a strong idea for a startup? Could you use blunt, honest feedback on your ideas from experienced entrepreneurs?

Then join the Founder Hotseat event, from the Founder Institute. During this event, members of the audience will pitch their ideas to a panel of experts, who will then rate each pitch and provide helpful feedback.

Date: 9 May, 6pm to 8pm
Location: NG HUB, 8 Montgomery Rd, Sabo, Lagos

Startup Grind Kano

To mark #SGWomen celebrations in Kano, Startup Grind Kano will host Maryam Lawal Gwadabe on a fireside chat where she will share her entrepreneurship story and lessons learnt at the various executive level positions she has held.

Date: 11 May, 2pm to 4pm
Location: Blue Sapphire eSolution, No 231 ABH street Sharada Road, Gadun, Kano

Startup Grind Bauchi

Startup Grind Bauchi will host NextOne ICT CEO Umar Saleh Gwani.

Date: 11 May, 10am to 12.30pm
Location: Uplift Hub, First Floor Isa Yuguda House, 19/23 Jos Road, Bauchi

AgriTech Lab 2019

During this workshop, participants will learn about the use of emerging technologies such as blockchain technology, drones, mobile agriculture technology and soil-less farming technology in commercial agriculture.

Date: 11 May, 10am to 4pm
Location: Techpoint Headquarters, 8 Adebayo Mokuolu St, Anthony Village close to New Castle Hotel, Lagos


Startup Grind Hargeisa

Startup Grind Hargeisa will host Takaful Insurance of Africa founder and CEO Haji Hussain who will share his personal and business experience in founding Takaful Insurance of Africa in the Somaliland region.

Date: 5 May, 4pm to 6.30pm
Location: University of Hargeisa, Pepsi Area, Hargeisa


Startup Grind Lomé

Join Ace Advantage International CEO Eddy Ohwofasa at this Startup Grind Lomé event where he will share advice on how to develop businesses and how to innovate to young entrepreneurs.

Date: 7 May, 6pm to 9pm
Location: Woelab 0 209 Klala Street, Lakaza Klikame – Above (not far from CMS Atikoume), Lomé


Techstars Startup Weekend Kampala 3.0

Techstars Startup Weekends are 54-hour events designed to provide superior experiential education for technical and non-technical entrepreneurs.

Beginning with Friday night pitches and continuing through brainstorming, business plan development, and basic prototype creation, Techstars Startup Weekends culminate in Sunday night demos and presentations.

Date: 3 to 5 May,
Location: Ujamaa Tribe, Nyangweso Road, Kampala

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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