Top startup events in South Africa, Africa you should know about this week [6/10/2019]

Featured image: Startup Grind Cape Town via Facebook

This week Cape Town hosts two conferences, both of which take place on Tuesday and Wednesday (8 and 9 October). The first is IT Leaders Africa Summit which will be held at 15 on Orange Hotel on. The second is the Digital Marketing Conference which will be held at the Sun Square Hotel.

In Johannesburg, La French Tech will launch a new community in the city at an event on Wednesday (9 October). Also in the city is education technology conference and expo EduTech, which will be held on Wednesday and Thursday (9 and 10 October).

If you’re in Dar es Salaam look out for Sahara Sparks and Angel Fair Africa in the Tanzanian capital this week.

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.


Startup Grind Bloemfontein

This week Startup Grind Bloemfontein hosts University of Free State head of career services Belinda Janeke.

Date: 12 October, 9am to 11am
Location: Emoya Hotel and Spa, 7 Frans Kleynhans Rd, Groenvlei, Bloemfontein

Cape Town

The Art of the Sale

Spaces South Africa hosts Hangar 49 founder and sales guru Alon Lichtenstein.

Date: 7 October, 5pm to 6.30pm
Location: Spaces – Cape Town, Spaces, V&A Waterfront, Dock Road, Cape Town

IT Leaders Africa Summit

This week sees the 11th edition IT Leaders Africa Summit, a CIO and business technology summit where top industry leaders meet to discuss the most current trends affecting key players in the IT sector.

Date: 8 and 9 October
Location: 15 On Orange Hotel, Cape Town

Digital Marketing Conference 2019

This conference is designed to help attendees build traffic, create brand awareness, improve customer service and develop better use of digital tools internally to drive better communications, marketing and more productive business outcomes.

Date: 8 and 9 October
Location: Sun Square City Bowl Hotel, 23 Buitengracht Street

Startup Grind Cape Town

This week Startup Grind Cape Town hosts founder and CEO Aubrey Mnisi.

Date: 9 October, 5.30pm to 8.30pm
Location: Workshop 17, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town

Delta Venture Talks

Join this event for a discussion on the phases of product development and how to maximise the probability of success in launching new products to market.

Date: 10 October, 6pm to 9pm
Location: The Canteen 5th Floor Pier Place, Heerengracht Street, Heerengracht Square, Cape Town

Future Females Winelands Event

Join Movepretty CEO Annelize Kotze and Femtech co-founder and director Jill Sawers as they talk about how to break through personal fears of failure and overcoming self-limiting beliefs.

Date: 10 October, 6pm to 9.15pm
Location: Nedbank Stellenbosch University LaunchLab

Uber Machine Learning Hackathon

Uber, Zindi and Stellenbosch University will host a machine learning hackathon, which will see over 100 data scientists take on the challenge of creating sustainable solutions using data mined from both the Uber Movement tool and Sanral as they try to predict and then offer solutions to traffic and road related incidents. RSVP to by Wednesday (9 October).

Date: 12 October, 9am to 5pm
Location: LaunchLab, University of Stellenbosch, 49 Victoria Street, Stellenbosch


ANDE Durban Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Snapshot launch

The Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs will launch the Durban Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Snapshot, which aims to identify and profile organisations supporting entrepreneurs in Durban, with a focus on innovation.

Date: 10 October, 12.30pm to 3pm
Location: The Bond Shed, 12 Browns Rd, Point, Durban


SAP Innovation Experience

Join this event to learn how SAP can help you grow your business into the future.

Date: 8 October, 7am to 2pm
Location: The Campus, Sloane Street, Bryanston

French Tech Johannesburg

La French Tech will launch a new community in Johannesburg at this event which will feature a panel discussion on French tech contribution to Johannesburg and Gauteng’s tech sector.

Date: 9 October, 5.30pm to 8pm
Location: 22 on Sloane Street, Bryanston, Sandton


Discover the latest innovations from leading education providers, free seminars by world-class speakers, product launches, and demos from over 80 exhibitors. The event will also include a dedicated startup pavilion.

Date: 9 to 10 October, 10am to 5pm
Location: Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg

Democratic Republic of Congo

Startup Grind Kinshasa

Startup Grind Kinshasa will host a workshop on how to win clients or customers with Conebase CEO Lens Mutombo, Schoolap CEO Pascal Kanik and Bika co-founder Xavier Kalamba.

Date: 12 October, 10.30am to 4.30pm
Location: Congo-Japan Complex 2, Avenue Père Boka Kinshasa-Gombe, Kinshasa


Startup Grind Calabar

This week Startup Grind Calabar hosts Bolt Nigeria Calabar Branch manager Inyene Udoh.

Date: 12 October, 2pm to 6pm
Location: Unical Hotel and Conference Centre Hall (Restaurant Area), Plot D85, Akim Layout, Eastern Highway, Calabar


Sahara Sparks 2019

Sahara Sparks is the largest East and Central Africa event on innovation and technology entrepreneurship.

The event promotes an avenue for discussion on global trending technology and supports early-stage companies by providing them a platform to pitch and exhibit their businesses to access investors and partners.

Date: 9 and 10 October
Location: Mlimani City, Dar es Salaam

Angel Fair Africa

Angel Fair Africa is a platform for stakeholders to not only discuss the role of technology and innovation, but to also encourage investment in entrepreneurs fostering social and economic development on the continent. About 100 investors and entrepreneurs are expected to attend the event.

Date: 9 and 10 October
Location: Double Tree by Hilton Hotel, Dar es Salaam


How to start a global startup in Tunis

Join this Founder Institute event to hear the experience of people who have deep startup experience as they share best practices, strategies and mistakes to avoid.

Date: 9 October, 6.30pm to 10pm
Location: Mediterranean School of Business, Les Berges du Lac II Walkway, Tunis

Featured image: Startup Grind Cape Town via Facebook

Daniel Mpala


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