Top startup events in South Africa, Africa you should know about this week [29/9/2019]

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

What’s big this week? This Friday (4 October) in Cape Town accelerator Startupbootcamp will hold a FastTrack session for its Qatar SportsTech Accelerator programme.

Nearby in Stellenbosch, co-founder and CTO Lethabo Motsoaledi will on Wednesday (2 October) chat about her startup’s journey towards product market fit.

For those in Johannesburg, look out for the Oracle Entrepreneurs Day which will be held in Sandton on Tuesday (1 October). And don’t miss out on one of the many events GoDaddy’s chief product architect Arnold Blinn is hosting in the city.

In West Africa, GreenTec Capital Africa Foundation and The Land of African Business will hold their Entrepreneurs On the Move event between Wednesday and Friday (2 and 4 October). For those in Kenya check out the first of K-Kenya Tech Hub and the CIO East Africa’s Legends series which will host Lantech founding partner Aquinas Wasike.

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

Journey towards product market fit

Join co-founder and CTO Lethabo Motsoaledi as she shares all the pivots and turns the startup took to reach product market fit. The startup was part of Google Launchpad Africa’s third class held earlier this year (see this story).

Date: 2 October, 6pm to 8pm
Location: Fintech Building, 20 Krige Road, Stellenbosch

Lioness Lean In

Join this event for a power-packed morning of inspiration, networking and new initiatives to support Cape Town’s women business builders.

Date: 4 October, 8am to 11.30am
Location: The Argyle, 1 Argyle Street, Woodstock, Cape Town

Qatar SportsTech Fast Track

Startupbootcamp will hold a FastTrack session for its Qatar SportsTech Accelerator programme.

Date: 4 October, 2pm to 5pm
Location: TBD


Oracle Entrepreneurs Day

This event brings together startups, inspirational speakers, Oracle and industry experts.

Date: 1 October, 8am to 3pm
Location: Innovate & Ignite, Oracle Building, Woodmead North Office Park, 54 Maxwell Drive, Jukskeiview, Sandton

Startup Grind Johannesburg

GoDaddy chief product architect Arnold Blinn will detail best practices on how to safely increase the pace of innovation and continuously delight your customers.

Date: 2 October, 6pm to 8pm
Location: Workshop 17 Firestation, 16 Baker St, Rosebank, Johannesburg

Real, Viable, Disruptive Innovation

Robot Realm’s Shaun Wilson will share how his company is using augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR) and blockchain to deliver real and viable solutions to forward-thinking SA companies.

Date: 2 October, 5pm to 6.30pm
Location: Spaces Design Quarter, William Nicol Dr & Leslie Ave, Johannesburg

How to develop better tech products customers will use consistently

GoDaddy chief product architect Arnold Blinn will lead a free round table discussion to understand how to discover and interpret a customer’s pain, and learn strategies to guide your team through each step of product creation.

Date: 3 October, 11am to 12pm
Location: Tshimologong Precinct, 41 Juta Street, Johannesburg

Product innovation lesson in 4IR

GoDaddy chief product architect Arnold Blinn will give a free lecture around product innovation lessons in the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

Date: 3 October, 1pm to 2pm
Location: University of Johannesburg Chinua Achebe Auditorium, Corner Kingsway and University Road, Auckland Park, Johannesburg

Applying AI in Security

Join this exciting, relevant and thought provoking Women In AI event delving into artificial intelligence (AI) and the ever elusive elephant called security.

Date: 3 October, 4.30pm to 7.30pm
Location: In2IT Tech Pty Ltd, 3rd Floor, 35 Ferguson Rd, Illovo, Sandton

#JoinUsForTEA Soshanguve

#JoinUsForTEA hosts free workshops in townships aimed at equipping entrepreneurs with skills to grow sustainable businesses.

Date: 5 October, 8.30am to 2pm
Location: Halala Community Centre, 2077 Block H, Soshanguve, Pretoria

Ivory Coast

Entrepreneurs On the Move

This GreenTec Capital Africa Foundation and The Land of African Business three-day event will serve as a platform to build the capacity of selected entrepreneurs, innovators, investors and enablers and mobilise key stakeholders within.

Date: 2 to 4 October, 9am to 9pm
Location: Chambre de Commerce and Hôtel Pullman, Plateau, Abidjan


Startup Grind Eldoret

Join Startup Grind Eldoret’s next session to learn about Kenya’s tax system and the difference between tax avoidance and tax evasion.

Date: 4 October, 5.30pm to 8pm
Location: Sirikwa Hotel, Oloo Street, Eldoret

The Legends

UK-Kenya Tech Hub and the CIO East Africa invites you to the Legends, a monthly meet-up series that will take you through a “Legends” journey in building a successful business in Kenya.

The challenges, the successes, the pivots and learnings as told by the founders of some of the most successful tech companies in the Kenya and the East African region.

The first speaker will be Lantech founding partner Aquinas Wasike.

Date: 4 October, 5.30pm to 8pm
Location: iHub, Junction, 6th floor Senteu Plaza, Galana / Lenana Road, Nairobi


Startup Grind Tangiers

Startup Grind Tangiers will host a workshop on personal branding that will be conducted by personal development coach Mohamed Mamoun.

Date: 30 September, 6pm to 9pm
Location: Technopark of Tangier, Tangier International Pavilion, Boulevard Mohamed V, Tangier

Startup Grind Casablanca

Join MITC Capital managing director Dounia Boumehdi at Startup Grind Casablanca’s latest Brain Talks event.

Date: 30 September, 6pm to 9pm
Location: Commons 179, Corner Boulevard of London and Boulevard de la Resistance, Quartier, Avenue Mers Sultan, Casablanca


Startup Grind Ife

Learn how to craft a perfect startup pitch with Arobella founder Temi Adelana and Paymoni and WantToPrint co-founder and CEO Oluwatimileyin Lawal.

Date: 29 September, 4pm to 8pm
Location: Computer Building Room 4, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ife

Aiivon Legal Clinic 1.0

Do you have legal questions related to a startup or existing business? Do you need critical early stage legal and business counselling? Aiivon Innovation Hub and The Nigerian Bar Association will hold a free legal and business audit for entrepreneurs.

Date: 1 October, 9am to 12pm
Location: Aiivon Innovation Hub – St. James House, 167 Ademola Adetokunbo Crescent, Abuja

Founders Conference

Founders Conference is an annual gathering of small business founders for training, knowledge-sharing, networking and inspiration.

Date: 1 October, 9am to 3pm
Location: Pistis Hub, 1 Ikorodu Road, Lagos

Startup funding in Ibadan

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

Learn expert tips, big pitfalls to avoid, what investors are looking for, how equity works, and more.

Date: 5 October, 5pm to 8pm
Location: Wennovation Hub, 3rd Floor, Alpha & Omega Building, Queen Elizabeth Road II, Mokola, Ibadan

OrangeTalk Asaba

This Ibadan OrangeTalk Asaba event is focused on business startups, innovation and brand management.

Date: 5 October, 9am to 1pm
Location: Shepherd Grace Bible Church opposite Corporative House, Okpanam Road, Asaba

Jos Tech and Funders Breaksfast Meetup

Jos Tech and Funders Breakfast Meetup is a forum where startup founders and investors meet over breakfast for networking, sharing, mentorship and also to discuss on the possibility of equity for seed investment in their startups.

Date: 5 October, 9am to 12pm
Location: nHub Nigeria, 3rd Floor Taen Business Complex, opposite Former Nitel Office, Yakubu Gowon Way, Jos

Founders Night Out

If you have a startup idea or idea-stage company and you’re interested in expanding your network, then join this event where you will meet fellow entrepreneurs, as well as mentors and coaches.

Date: 5 October, 12pm to 3.30pm
Location: Ken Saro-Wiwa Innovation Hub, No 24 Aggrey Road, Port Harcourt


Internationalisation: constraints and opportunities

What are the obstacles and benefits of scaling or expanding to international markets? Join this event to find out.

Date: 30 September, 6pm to 8pm
Location: 111-CoThink, 14 Emir Abdelkader Street, Mutual Town, Tunis

Akfar Info Session

Find out about Akfar Incubator’s programme, selection criteria and its recruitment process.

Date: 2 October, 5pm to 7pm
Location: El Space, 10 Bis Rue de Algerie, Tunis

Startup Journey

Zen Lab will host a discussion on the different stages of a startup’s life.

Date: 4 October, 6pm
Location: Zen Lab, Maple Leaf Street, Emerald Building Center 7th Floor-Office B7-1 Jardins du Lac 2, Tunis

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

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