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Top startup events in South Africa, Africa you should know about this week [27/10/2019]

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The Allan Gray Orbis Foundation will tomorrow hold this quarter’s edition of The Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Forum at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town.

Also in the city this week check out the fifth annual Africa Women Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum (Awief) conference, on Tuesday and Wednesday (29 and 30 October).

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The AfriLabs annual gathering will take place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia this week. The three-day gathering, which starts tomorrow, will feature panel discussions, keynote addresses, workshops, an open-floor exhibitions and more.

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

Allan Gray Orbis Foundation Ecosystem Forum

Join the Allan Gray Orbis Foundation for this quarter’s edition of The Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Forum as it uncovers what makes an entrepreneur?

Date: 28 October, 6pm to 8pm
Location: Allan Gray, 1 Silo Square, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town

Africa Women Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum Conference

The fifth annual Africa Women Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum (Awief) conference, exhibition and awards offers a platform for women entrepreneurs and innovators from across the African continent and global partners to come together.

Date: 29 and 30 October
Location: Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC), Cape Town

October Stellenbosch Digital LaunchLab Talk

LaunchLab hosts RecruitMyMom founder Phillipa Geard who will speak on impact beyond core business.

Date: 31 October, 4.30pm to 6.30pm
Location: Nedbank Stellenbosch University LaunchLab, Hammanshand Road, Stellenbosch

Heavy Chef: The Inspire Sessions

Join SweepSouth CEO Aisha Pandor, Yoco CEO Katlego Maphai, Snapplify CEO Wesley Lynch and Rain Mobile CMO Khaya Dlanga  as they delve into the challenges and opportunities that they have each faced in building a tech startup.

Date: 31 October, 6pm to 8.30pm
Location: Workshop17, 17 Dock Road, Cape Town


Advertising Week Africa

Join the very first African edition of the world’s premier event for advertising, creative, entertainment, marketing, media and technology professionals.

Date: 28 to 31 October
Location: 1 Fox Precinct, 1 Fox St, Ferreiras Dorp, Johannesburg

Heavy Chef: The Inspire Sessions

Nandos co-founder Robbie Brozin, former Constitutional Court judge Albie Sachs and lawyer and leadership expert Lwando Xaso will discuss what leadership in business should look like.

Date: 29 October, 6pm to 8.30pm
Location: Constitution Hill, 11 Kotze Street, Johannesburg

EBA industry day

The EBA Industry Day is a platform for developing enterprise-wide business agility practices across the financial industry in Africa.

Date: 29 October, 7am to 5pm
Location: Centre Court, Convention Centre, Emperors Palace, 64 Jones Road, O.R. Tambo, Kempton Park

How stokvels boost the economy by funding small firms

Learn about various types of stokvels and how they can make money work for small businesses. Palesa Lengolo will share insights based on the in-depth work she does on financial education among stokvels.

Date: 1 November, 6.30pm to 9pm
Location: Workshop17, 138 West Street, Sandton, Johannesburg


Lioness LeanIn Enterprise

Lioness Lean In Enterprise series is designed specifically to meet the needs of high growth potential women entrepreneurs.

It’s the place to be if you need to get access to funding for your business, access to big company enterprise development opportunities, and specialist support to grow your business to the next level.

Date: 30 October, 8am to 11.30am
Location: Emnotweni Arena, 15 Government Blvd, Riverside Park, Nelspruit


Entrepreneurial women roundtable

This Founder Institute event will focus on women in technology and entrepreneurship.

Date: 31 October, 6.30pm to 9pm
Location: Luanda Media Library, Avenida Deolinda Rodrigues S / N Near Rua 1º de Agosto, Luanda


Angels’ Oasis Conference

This event will bring together a large number of business angel networks, groups and funds as well as individual angel investors from across the Middle East and North Africa.

Date: 30 October to 1 November
Location: Gouna, Egypt


AfriLabs Annual Gathering 2019

This event provides a unique opportunity for tech hubs in the AfriLabs network and other stakeholders in the African tech ecosystem like local innovators, entrepreneurs, corporates, investors, academia and developmental agencies to convene, network and share knowledge.

The fourth edition of the AfriLabs Annual Gathering is being co-hosted by AfriLabs hub members Tech Village and xHub with Iceaddis as a main support hub in Ethiopia. The theme of the event is Connect: Towards an Integrated Innovation Ecosystem.

Date: 28 to 30 October, 8am to 5pm
Location: 1 Fox Precinct, 1 Fox St, Ferreiras Dorp, Johannesburg

Ivory Coast

Startup and SME Management Forum

The StartUp and SME Management Forum is a platform for exchange, reflection and training between entrepreneurs and management experts.

Date: 2 November, 9am to 3pm
Location: Rotonde Financial City, Angoulvant Boulevard, Abidjan


MEST Africa information session

The MEST Africa team will be in Nairobi to tell you more about how they train and invest in more than 50 African entrepreneurs and their early-stage technology companies every year.

Date: 29 October, 6pm to 7.30pm
Location: MEST Incubator Nairobi, 7th floor, Pinetree Plaza, Nairobi

Capital Raising Seminar

This seminar is aimed at successful and sustainable businesses who are looking for an investor in order to scale up rapidly.

Date: 31 October to 1 November, 8am to 7.30pm
Location: Strathmore University Business School, Strathmore University, Madaraka Estate, Nairobi


Startup Grind Ife

Startup Grind Ife hosts Payloader product manager Toyin Olasehinde for a discussion on product development.

Date: 27 October, 6pm to 9pm
Location: Seminar Room, Natural History Museum, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ife


Join the best founders, innovators, Policy makers and Government officials from across Africa at this event which will feature over 60 sessions.

Date: 29 October to 1 November, 8am to 5pm
Location: E3 Events and Banquets, Uyo Village Road, Uyo

Startups Meetup

Join this event to meet other entrepreneurs and share ideas. The theme will be building an effective brand culture for small businesses.

Date: 30 October, 10am to 12pm
Location: 8 Alade Avenue, Off Obafemi Awolowo Way, by Allen Avenue Ejerry’s House, Ikeja

Entreprise hubs open day

At this event, entrepreneurs and startups will get the opportunity to meet and learn from an accomplished entrepreneur, as well as network with other entrepreneurs in an all-in-one event in order to strengthen their businesses. Attendees will also be given the chance to pitch their businesses.

Date: 30 October, 2pm to 6pm
Location: 22 Water Corporation Drive, Lagos

Founders Hotseat

During this Founder Institute 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: 2 November, 12pm to 3pm
Location: Ken Saro-Wiwa Innovation Hub, No 24 Aggrey Road, Port Harcourt


ANDE investment manager training

The Aspen Netwrok of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE) Investment Manager Training is a five-day intensive course that covers all aspects of investing in small and growing businesses.

Date: 28 October to 1 November, 8am to 5pm
Location: Mestil Hotel, Kampala

Innovating Justice Challenge Regional Finals

Justice innovators and entrepreneurs will pitch their work to an international jury of experts.

Date: 31 October, 9am to 3pm
Location: Kabira Country Club, Plot 63 Old Kira Road, Kampala


GTR Southern Africa 

This interactive event will explore key trends impacting regional trade and investment — including global geopolitical volatility, sovereign debt sustainability and more.

Date: 30 and 31 October
Location: Avani Victoria Falls Resort, Livingstone

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