Top startup events in South Africa, Africa you should know about this week [25/8/2019]

Featured image: SA tech startup founders at a Google Launchpad dinner held in Cape Town (Supplied, Hanru Marais Photography)

Cape Town hosts the FNB Business Women’s Breakfast on Tuesday (27 August) and Red Bull Basement Hatch on Saturday (31 August).

Insurtech startups in Joburg will want to attend Thursday’s Hartford InsurTech Hub Johannesburg FastTrack. This, while those with healthtech solutions could stand a chance to win R20 000 in cash at the Sunpharma Hackathon on Friday (30 August).

Elsewhere on the continent, there’s plenty on the go in Nigeria with several Startup Grind events, while the Global Impact Summit will take place in Nairobi on Thursday and Friday (29 and 30 August).

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

FNB Business Women’s Breakfast 

Join tech entrepreneur Rapelang Rabana and Innate Investment Solutions CEO and founding director Lynette Ntuli at this year’s edition of the FNB Business Women’s Breakfast.

This year’s focus is on “Being a Limitless Woman” — women who see the goal and not the challenge, women who are determined to succeed. Cutting edge, results driven woman, who just won’t quit.

Date: 27 August, 9am to 12.30pm
Location: Cape Town International Convention Centre 2, Cape Town

Lifecheq: Braving fear, bouncing back

In this talk, Lifecheq explores what it is that makes some people more resilient to adversity, how we bounce back better and how developing this capacity can be one of our biggest assets in life.

Date: 27 August, 6pm
Location: Radisson Blu Waterfront, Granger Bay, Cape Town

Stellenbosch Digital LaunchLab Talk 

Tencent Africa chief growth officer Nicholas Rixon will speak on building, growing and gaining traction for your digital product.

Date: 29 August, 4.30pm to 6.30pm
Location: Nedbank Stellenbosch University LaunchLab, Hammanshand Road, Stellenbosch

Red Bull Basement Hatch

The Red Bull Basement Hatch brings together tech enthusiasts, makers, creatives, designers, IT students, incubator managers and funders, in one room.

Here they debate, talk, showcase, network and upskill each other, with the aim of connecting and building a better South Africa through the use of technology.

Date: 31 August, 9.30am to 5pm
Location: Woodstock Industrial Centre (The Woodstock Exchange), Block B, 3rd Floor, 66 – 68 Albert Road, Woodstock, Cape Town


Elastic SA Meetup

Durban tech and legal professionals can look forward to the first ever Elastic Durban Meetup to be hosted by open-source search and analytics company, Elastic, following the success of their popular events in Johannesburg since 2016.

Date: 29 August, 6pm to 3pm
Location: LexisNexis South Africa, 215 Peter Mokaba Road, Durban

East London

Startup Grind East London

Startup Grind East London hosts PWC East London partner Jacqui Mauer and Iingcinga CEO and founder Thandi Mbete.

Date: 29 August, 5.30pm to 7.30pm
Location: Second Office, 6 Donald Road, Vincent, East London


Startup Grind Sandton 

Startup Grind Sandton hosts a fireside chat with social entrepreneur, mentor and Nxa Technology CEO Lerato Dontache.

Date: 27 August, 1pm to 3pm
Location: Workshop 17 Sandton, 138 West Street, Sandton, Johannesburg

ANDE SA / Solidaridad Impact investment workshop

This impact investment workshop with a focus on how to effectively set up and manage impact investment funds and apply innovative financing models to achieve real impact.

Date: 28 August, 8.30pm to 3pm
Location: Katherine Street, Sandton, Johannesburg

Hartford InsurTech Hub Johannesburg FastTrack

Hartford InsurTech Hub, powered by Startupbootcamp, will hold a Johannesburg FastTrack Day event as part of its international tour to find the best-rising insurtech companies.

Date: 29 August, 9am to 5pm
Location: Katherine Street, Sandton, Johannesburg

WomenThinkCode_ Launch

WeThinkCode, in partnership with the Momentum Metropolitan Foundation and MWR InfoSecurity will hold the official launch of WomenThinkCode_.

The programme aims to address the under-representation of women in technology by teaching women how to code for free.

Date: 29 August, 9am to 11am
Location: Workshop 17, West Street 138, Sandton, Johannesburg

Lifecheq: Braving fear, bouncing back

In this talk, Lifecheq explores what it is that makes some people more resilient to adversity, how we bounce back better and how developing this capacity can be one of our biggest assets in life.

Date: 29 August, 6pm
Location: The Capital Empire Hotel, Sandton, Johannesburg

ANDE Happy Hour

Join ANDE SA members and ecosystem players for late afternoon drinks, snacks and networking.

Date: 30 August, 4.30pm to 7pm
Location: Ferguson’s 5th Floor. 35 Ferguson Rd, Illovo, Sandton, Johannesburg

Sunpharma Hackathon

Join SunPharma at its Healthcare Hackathon where you could walk away with R20 000 in cash.

Date: 30 August, 8am to 6.30pm
Location: WeWork at The Link, 1F, 173 Oxford Rd, Rosebank, Johannesburg


Lioness Lean in Enterprise

Women entrepreneurs are invited for the first Lioness Lean in Enterprise Event in Polokwane. The event will offer a unique opportunity to access business funding, enterprise development opportunities, business advisory services.

In addition those who attend will receive a copy of Absa’s SME Business Toolkit for entrepreneurs.

Date: 28 August, 8am to 11.30am
Location: Bolivia Lodge, Road R81, Polokwane


Startup Networking Mixer

Meet other entrepreneurs from Cairo, as well as expert mentors from the Founder Institute programme at this event.

Date: 27 August, 6.30pm to 9.30pm
Location: 171 El Tahrir, Ad Dawawin, Abdeen, Cairo


Huba Friday

Huba Friday is a monthly mixer at the Ghana Innovation Hub for entrepreneurs and startup founders to trade stories and business cards.

Date: 30 August, 6pm to 8pm
Location: Ghana Innovation Hub, Ring Road West, Accra,


The Gig Economy in Kenya

Mercy Corp’s Youth Impact Labs in collaboration with ANDE cordially invite you to a conversation on the growth of the gig economy in Kenya.

Date: 29 August, 2pm to 6pm
Location: TBC

Global Impact Summit Nairobi

Those who run accelerators, incubators and innovation hubs will come together for panel discussions, workshops, networking and mentoring sessions. There will also be several innovation workshops with global investors and corporates.

A pitch competition will give each startup the opportunity to present their idea or product. Winning will guarantee mentor sessions, and exclusive opportunities with prominent accelerators.

Date: 29 to 30 August, 9am to 5pm
Location: Mettā Nairobi, 14 Riverside Drive, Suite 6A, Nairobi


Startup Grind Monrovia

Join Weah’s Pictures Entertainment CEO Joseph Choloplay Weah Jr as he shares his professional experiences and contributions in promoting young talents in Liberia, the region and other parts of the world.

Date: 30 August, 2pm to 4pm
Location: iCampus Liberia, 150 Carey Street, Monrovia


Startup Grind Calabar

Startup Grind Calabar hosts Efik Leadership Foundation senior programme manager Iquo Archibong.

Date: 25 August, 2pm to 6pm
Location: Unical Hotel & Conference Centre Hall, Plot D85, Akim Layout, Eastern Highway, Calabar

WennoChat August

Join New Horizon Retail School Business manager Akinkuolie Damilare for a discussion on harnessing technology for business growth.

Date: 30 August, 3pm to 5pm
Location: 3rd Floor, Carlcare Building, Queen Elizabeth II Road, Mokola-UCH Road, Ibadan, Oyo State, Ibadan, Oyo

Startup Grind Kano

Startup Grind Kano hosts Bellokano CEO and founder Bello Kano on a fireside chat where he will be share his entrepreneurship journey and lessons learned at various executive level positions he served.

Date: 31 August, 4pm to 6pm
Location: Dice Innovation Hub, Government House, No 3 Sabo Bakin Zoo Road, Kano

Startup Grind Jos Summer Party

Join nHub Nigeria founder Daser David at Startup Grind Jos’ summer party.

Date: 31 August, 3pm to 7pm
Location: nHub Jos Plateau, 3rd Floor, TAEN Business Complex, opposite the former Nitel office, Yakubu Gowon Way, 930001, Jos

Startup Grind Lagos

Startup Grind Lagos hosts Whogohost CEO Toba Obaniyi and Urban 98.5FM’s Shedy Kay.

Date: 31 August, 3pm to 5pm
Location: Seedspace Lagos, 23 Agodogba Avene, Parkview Estate, Lagos

Sierra Leone

Seedstars Freetown

Join some of Sierra Leone’s best startups as they pitch to be crowned the most promising seed-stage startup in the country at Seedstars Freetown 2019.

Date: 30 August
Location: Sensi Tech Hub. 67 Sir Samuel Lewis Road Aberdeen, Freetown


Employee to Entrepreneur

Join this event if you’re thinking of making the leap from being an employee to being an entrepreneur.

The event is organised by The Founder Institute and will cover what to consider and the first steps in the entrepreneurial journey.

Date: 28 August, 6.30pm to 10pm
Location: Mediterranean School of Business, Les Berges du Lac II Walkway, Tunis


Startup Grind Kitwe

Startup Grind Kitwe hosts Nkana Milling MD Andrea Mulenga.

Date: 29 August, 6pm to 9pm
Location: Chatem Link Park Mall, Jumbo Drive, Kitwe

Featured image: SA tech startup founders at a Google Launchpad dinner held in Cape Town earlier this month (Supplied, Hanru Marais Photography)

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