Top startup events in South Africa, Africa you should know about this week [2/6/2019]

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

On Wednesday (5 June) Edtech incubator Injini will launch the third cohort of its programme in Cape Town.

For those in Joburg, The Hague Institute for Innovation of Law (HiiL) will tomorrow (3 June) hold the South African launch of one of the world’s top justice accelerator programmes.

In Kenya, entrepreneurs can learn how to leverage the power of partnerships in business and finance in a Make-IT in Africa and Mettā masterclass on Wednesday (5 June) 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.


Lioness Lean In

This event, strictly for women entrepreneurs, will host three inspirational speakers who will share their startup stories.

Date: 7 June, 8am to 11.30am
Location: Fairmont Zimbali Resort, 5 Corkwood Drive, Zimbali Coastal Estate, Ballito

Cape Town

Injini Cohort 3 Launch

Edtech incubator Injini kicks off Cohort 3 of its programme.

Date: 5 June, 5.30pm to 8pm
Location: Amazon Web Services Auditorium, Wembley Square 2, 134 Solan Rd, Cape Town

Startup Grind Cape Town

Startup Grind Cape Town hosts Heavy Chef CEO Fred Roed who will present a practical guide on starting a business in South Africa.

Date: 5 June, 5.30pm to 8pm
Location: Workshop 17, 17 Dock Road, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town

Cape Town LawTech Meet Up

This is a discussion and networking event looking at legal operational effectiveness — technology solutions that work.

Date: 6 June, 6.30pm to 10pm
Location: 180 Lounger, 16th Floor, The Terraces, 34 Bree Street, Cape Town

VC Office Hours: Hlayisani Capital

Tech startup founders are invited to VC Office Hours with Hlayisani Capital portfolio manager Mathew Palin.

Date: 7 June, 10am to 1pm
Location: UCT Graduate School of Business, Solution Space, 9 Portswood Road, Cape Town

Tea Khayelitsha

The Township Entrepreneurs Alliance will be in Khayelitsha this week where they will host thought leaders and business speakers who will engage on topics that aim to transform your business.

Date: 8 June, 8am to 2pm
Location: Site C New Hall, Solomon Tshuku Avenue, Cape Town


Startup Grind Johannesburg

Startup Grind Johannesburg hosts GoDaddy Europe Middle East and Africa VP Stefano Maruzzi who will discuss digital readiness for small businesses.

Date: 3 June, 6pm to 9pm
Location: Workshop 17, 138 West Street, Sandton

Innovating Justice Launch

The Hague Institute for Innovation of Law (HiiL) will hold the South African launch of the world’s top justice accelerator programme.

The event will feature a discussion on the need for innovation in the justice sector and the opportunities for entrepreneurs.

Date: 3 June, 5.30pm to 7.30pm
Location: 4th floor East Wing, 158 Jan Smuts Building, 9 Walters Street, Rosebank

PR / Communications workshop for startups

Join Sam Manclark and Bronwyn Coppola for a hands-on workshop that will help you create the first draft of a PR and comms strategy for your business.

Date: 5 and 6 June
Location: Jozihub, 44 Stanley Avenue, Milpark, Johannesburg

The Hookup Dinner #screwtalksletstrade

Learn how you might be speaking to corporates wrong in this The Hookup Dinner (Thud) event. Their’s an entrance fee of R150 which includes dinner.

Date: 7 June, 6.30pm to 9pm
Location: Jozihub, 44 Stanley Avenue, Milpark, Johannesburg

Rave’d Up South Africa(JHB)

Rave’d Up is an event designed and run by fintech startup Flutterwave as part of its launch in South Africa.Rave’d Up events range from meetups, fireside chats to big conferences.

Date: 7 June, 8.30am to 12pm
Location: Workshop17, 138 West Street, Sandton

Digital Procurement and Finance Tour

Join the kick-off event of the Digital Procurement and Finance Tour.

The event will also include the launch of Thriving Marketplace, a new and innovative platform designed to help buyers to discover credible and empowered suppliers, with powerful and secure online management technology.

Date: 8 June
Location: The Innovation Hub Pretoria (GPS co-ordinates 25°44’57.424″S 28°16’5.202″E)


Flat6Labs Cairo Pitchathon

Flat6Labs Cairo Pitchathon will see startups compete for spots at the Flat6Labs Fall 2019 bootcamp.

Date: 3 June, 1pm to 4pm
Location: Flat6Labs, 1 Doctor Mohammed Sobhy, Oula, Giza Governorate


Startup Grind Somanya

Startup Grind Somanya hosts five speakers from local government, commerce, parliament and the Ghanaian police service who will offer career advice.

Date: 8 June, 4pm to 7pm
Location: Mount Mary Training College, Somanya Auditorium, Along Mount Mary Road Takpe, Somanya


Nairobi Talks

This panel discussion, organised around building sustainable social enterprises, will seek to drive conversations on ideas that will scale stakeholder engagement all while accelerating sustainable development.

Date: 2 June, 7pm to 10pm
Location: Nomad Lounges, 3rd Floor Misha Towers, Westlands Road, Nairobi

Masterclass: Building Partnerships

Make-IT in Africa in partnership with Mettā will host a masterclass on capacity building through partnerships.

Date: 5 June, 10am to 1pm
Location: 6/F Belgravia, 14 Riverside Drive, #Suite 6A, Nairobi

Startup Weekend Women Edition Nairobi

Techstars Startup Weekends are a 54-hour immersion programmes designed to allow innovators to get together to share ideas, build teams with diverse or even complementary profiles and start a startup.

Date: 7 to 9 June
Location: MBM MyBizMarketer, Senteu Plaza, Galana Rd, Kilimani, Nairobi


Startup Grind Quatre Bornes

Startup Grind Quatre Bornes hosts Kerus Mauritius’Sakil Mamode Ally who will discuss data visualisation and artificial intelligence (AI).

Date: 3 June, 9.45pm to 11am
Location: Blue Building, 3rd Floor, Talenteum, Sir William Newton Street, Quatre Bornes


Startup Grind Agadir

Startup Grind Agadir, in collaboration with Univers Startup and Entrepreneur will this week hold the 12th Startup Grind Agadir conference.

Date: 1 June, 3pm to 5pm
Location: Startup Universe and Entrepreneur Office 3, Floor 1, Addrar Building 1, Avenue January 11, City Dakhela, Agadir


AfricArena Tour Pitch Event

AfricArena will host a Lagos startup pitching competition where the winner will stand a chance to attend the AfricArena 2019.

Date: 7 June, 6pm to 9pm
Location: NG_Hub, 8 Montgomery Road, Sabo, Yaba, Lagos

Startup Legal Clinic

Legal practitioner Itimitang Hilton Philip Idiok will host a startup legal clinic for creatives.

Date: 8 June, 10am to 2pm
Location: The Assembly Hub, 15b Omorinre Johnson Street, Lagos

Startup Nigeria Information Session

Join this event to learn more about the Startup Nigeria programme.

Date: 8 June, 10am to 1pm
Location: Paritie Dynamic Enterprise Limited, C1 Peniel Albarka Plaza, Opposite Federal High Court, Minna, Niger


A Gathering of Africa’s Innovative Minds

Meet some of the Africa Prize finalists as well as fellow African entrepreneurs from multiple sectors such as health, energy, e-learning, agritech, fintech and more at this Cape Innovation and Technology Initiative and Royal Academy of Engineering event.

Date: 5 June, 5.30pm to 8pm
Location: The Innovation Village Kampala, Plot 31 Ntinda Kisaasi Road, Ntinda Shopping Complex, Block B&C 3rd Floor, 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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