Top startup events in South Africa, Africa you should know about this week [22/9/2019]

Featured image: The LaunchLab via Facebook

This Thursday (26 September) Stellenbosch Digital LaunchLab Talk will host SA SME Fund associate principal Karabo Nkoana.

In nearby Cape Town on the same day, The Bertha Centre for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship will hold an event that will focus on gender-lens investing and its role in supporting South Africa’s women.

For those in Nigeria, look out for Lagos Startup Week which kicks off tomorrow and ends on Saturday (23 September).

In Egypt, international investment and entrepreneurship event Techne Summit 2019 will host the launch of the Mediterranean Business Angels Network. The summit kicks off on Saturday (28 September).

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 the validation and crowdfunding masterclass by StartupCircles and FundedbyMe founder Arno Smit.

The masterclass will give you the tools and methods to validate your business idea to check if your ideas can be a business and whether you should reiterate or pivot.

The class will also cover the power of crowdfunding to validate and fund your idea.

Date: 26 September, 6pm
Location: Workshop 17, V&A Waterfront , Cape Town

Heavy Chef The Inspire Sessions

In this session, Heavy Chef tackles the topic of social-media influence, with a focus on how to attain it, how to wield it and how to grow your business using influencer marketing.

Date: 26 September, 6pm
Location: Workshop 17, V&A Waterfront , Cape Town

Finance as strategy to address a gender inequalities

This Bertha Centre for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship  event will focus on gender-lens investing and its role in supporting South Africa’s women.

You’ll hear from women and men working across the field of impact investing with a gender lens and learn about how we can begin to create strategies to utilise the power of finance to address gender inequities.

Date: 26  September, 5.30pm to 7.30pm
Location: UCT GSB, 9 Portswood Road, Greenpoint


WordCamp features leading speakers who share their knowledge on using WordPress more effectively.

Topics range from plugin and theme development to advanced techniques and security options for blogging newbies to DIY business owners as well as for entry-level or seasoned WordPress consultants and developers.

Date: 26 and 27 September
Location: Lagoon Beach Hotel, Milnerton, Cape Town

Stellenbosch Digital LaunchLab Talk

SA SME Fund associate principal Karabo Nkoana will speak on how the SA SME Fund is changing the game for SA startups.

Date: 26 September, 4.30pm to 6.30pm
Location: The LaunchLab, Hammanshand Road, Stellenbosch



InterLab is the largest international laboratory industry fair in the North Africa, bringing together key decision-makers from the public and private sectors in Algeria, Tunisia, Morocco, Libya, Mauritania, Western Sahara and surrounding countries.

Date: 26 to 28 September, 7.30pm to 10pm
Location: Palais des Expositions, Safex, Martin Pines, Mohammadia

Techstars Startup Weekend Tiaret 

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: 26 to 28 September, 7.30pm to 10pm
Location: Faculté SNV Karmane, Karman, Tiare


Techne Summit

Techne Summit is an international multi-industry focused investment and entrepreneurship event.

The aim is to impact multiple sectors and stakeholders of the startup communities in the Mediterranean region through showcasing different technologies and their application in each industry.

This year’s edition will feature of the Mediterranean Business Angels Network (see this story).

Date: 28 to 30 September
Location: Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Alexandria

Startup co-founder matching

Do you have an idea for a technology company, and want to team up with other entrepreneurs to bring your company into reality? Do you want to be part of a strong founding team?

Then join this startup co-founder event where attendees will have the opportunity to network, and speed-pitch startup ideas to one another.

Date: 24 September, 6.30pm to 9pm
Location: Almaqarr – Greek Campus, 171 El Tahrir, Ad Dawawin, Abdeen, Cairo


Startup Grind Mbabane

Startup Grind Mbabane hosts Nathi Gule a Google certified digital specialist, entrepreneur, writer and public Speaker Nathi Gule.

Date: 26 September, 11am to 2pm
Location: Endibanweni, American Corner Mbabane Library, Mbabane Library, Mbabane


Phoebe Pitch Tank- Africa at Afripreneur Conference

Watch Ghanaian founders pitch to business icons and investors in this Pheobe Group event.

Date: 26 September
Location: Swiss Spirit and Suite Hotel Alisa- Africa, 21 Dr Isert Road, North Ridge, Accra

Accra Global Women Startup Weekend

Startup Weekend is where startup enthusiasts get together to form new businesses in a 54-hour marathon of inspiration, perspiration, collaboration and fun. The programme is in collaboration with Startup Weekend Africa, Google And Techstars.

Date: 27 to 29 September, 3pm to 5.30pm
Location: MEST Africa, Aluguntugui Street, Accra

Startup Grind Tema

Join The CoinBox founder and CEO Judith Kabukie for a workshop on developing your business idea.

Date: 28 September, 10am to 12pm
Location: High Gate Hotel, Asylum Down, Tema

Ivory Coast

Startup Grind Abidjan 

Join OIPI director general Jacques Roger Claude Ekra as he discusses how to protect intellectual property in Ivory Coast.

Date: 27 September, 5.30pm to 7.30pm
Location: Chamber of Commerce and Industry Bank Street, Plateau, Abidjan


Entrepreneurship Thursdays

Join this event to learn how to start a business and how you can improve your chances of success by following some rules and guidelines.

Date: 26 September, 5pm to 8pm
Location: Chandaria Business Incubation and Innovation Centre, Kenya Drive, Nairobi

Techstars Startup Weekend DeKUT

Whether you are looking for feedback on an idea, a co-founder, specific skill sets, or a team to help you execute, Techstars Startup Weekends are the perfect environment in which to test your idea and take the first steps towards launching your own startup.

Date: 26 to 29 September, 4pm to 6.30pm
Location: Dedan Kimathi University of Technology, DeHub, Nyeri County


Lagos Startup Week

Lagos Startup Week brings entrepreneurs, developers, corporates and local leader together over a week to build momentum and opportunity around our city’s unique entrepreneurial spirit and culture.

Events will include panel sessions , workshops, meetups, pitches and hackathons.

Date: 23 to 28 September
Location: Multiple locations in Lagos

Testrogen Hub launch party

Testrogen Hub aims to become Nigeria’s best hub. Join this event to learn how they want to do that.

Date: 25 September, 12pm to 5pm
Location: 78 Enugu-Abakaliki Road, Abakaliki

StartConFest 2019

StartConFest Business, Technology, and Creative Festival is an annual gathering of industry players and leaders who are passionate about the start-up business ecosystem within the Nigeria.

Date: 25 September, 12pm to 5pm
Location: Ibom Hall, IBB Avenue, Uyo

Ingressive Ecosystem Hangout

This event will focus on discovering innovative ways to move products or services, money, and human capital to their intended destinations and the regulations that dictate that movement.

Date: 25 September, 6pm to 8pm
Location: IBM Innovation Center, Churchgate Street, Victoria Island, Lagos

TC Townhall Mobility

Curious about how tech is changing transport, logistics and infrastructure in Africa?

Techcabal is bringing together the most knowledgeable and influential mobility entrepreneurs, investors and policymakers to explore, discuss and define the potential of Africa’s mobility sector, the challenges and what the future holds.

Date: 27 September, 9am to 2pm
Location: FP Auditorium, behind Dangote Flours Mills, Off Asa-dam Road, Illorin

Kwarabuild Tech Conference

The KwaraBuild Tech Conference will tackle questions around smart cities.

Date: 28 September, 9am
Location: FP Auditorium, behind Dangote Flours Mills, Off Asa-dam Road, Illorin

Fireside Chat with Venture Garden’s Dara Osibo

Venture Garden Group’s Dara Osibo will talk about the 21st century data-driven global market.

Date: 28 September, 2pm to 4pm
Location: Vibranium Valley, 42 Local Airport Road, Ikeja


Startup Grind Dar es Salaam

Startup Grind Dar es Salaam hosts FixChap co-founder Prince Tillya.

Date: 28 September, 3pm to 5pm
Location: Buni Innovation Hub, Costech, Sayansi, Kijitonyama, Dar es Salaam


Promote your startup

111-Co Think will host a workshop on marketing strategy.

Date: 24 September, 6pm to 8pm
Location: 111-CoThink, 14 Emir Abdelkader Street, Mutual town, Tunis

Evening Talk

Startup mentor Carl Rodrigues will speak about entrepreneurship opportunities in the UK and fund raising.

Date: 27 September, 6pm to 8pm
Location: 111-CoThink, 14 Emir Abdelkader Street, Mutual town, Tunis


Startup Grind Kitwe

Join this Startup Grind session if you want to understand how to build a bulletproof business plan.

Date: 26 September, 6pm to 9pm
Location: Chatem Link Park Mall, Jumbo Drive, Kitwe

Startup Grind Lusaka

Startup Grind Lusaka hosts Musanga Logistics CEO and co-founder Njavwa Mutambo.

Date: 27 September, 6pm to 8pm
Location: The Retreat, 609 Zambezi Drive, Roma Park, Lusaka

Featured image: The LaunchLab via Facebook

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