Top startup events in South Africa, Africa you should know about this week [17/11/2019]

Featured image: Participants at the Africa Early Stage Investment Summit 2019 (Cable Productions/VC4A/ABAN)

This week Africa’s tech startup community will join the world in celebrating Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW), so look out for GEW themed events between 18 and 24 November.

Cape Town’s LawTech community takes place tomorrow in the city centre. Later, on Saturday and Sunday (23 and 24 November), the US embassy will host a Gender Violence hackathon at the V&A Waterfront.

In Johannesburg, Impact Hub Rosebank will host a Startup State of the Nation Address (Startup SONA) event on Thursday and Friday (21 and 22 November).

Elsewhere around the continent, Ethiopia will host the Africa Fintech Summit in Addis Ababa on Thursday (21 November).

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 the events are free and some will require booking in advance. Please click on the event names to find out more information.

Cape Town

Gender-based Violence Hackathon

The US Embassy will hold a hackathon in Cape Town focused on create innovative digital solutions to the problem of gender-based violence.

Date: 23 to 24 November
Location: EY Cape Town, 3 Dock Rd, Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, Cape Town

Cape Town LawTech Community Meet-Up

Join this discussion and networking event looking at tech-driven transformation in the legal sector.

Date: 18 November, 6pm to 10pm
Location: 180 Lounger, 16th Floor, The Terraces, 34 Bree Street, Cape Town


Workshop Enterprise and Supplier Development

The Durban Chamber of Commerce and Industry NPC will be hosting Enterprise and Supplier Development Workshops on 20 and 21 November 2019 as part of GEW.

Date: 20 and 21 November, 8.30am to 1pm
Location: Durban Chamber Of Commerce and Industry, 892 Umgeni Road, Lion Match office Park, Durban


GEW South Africa 2019

Join 22 on Sloane as it celebrates GEW.

Date: 18 to 22 November, 9am to 4pm
Location: 22 Sloane Street, Bryanston, Sandton

Startup Grind Pretoria

Startup Grind Pretoria will host the Tshwane GEW event to educate, inspire and connect entrepreneurs.

Date: 18 November, 9am to 3.30pm
Location: 012 Central – 381 Church Street, Pretoria Central Pretoria

MasterClass with Dineo Skosana

Join franchisee Dineo Skosana for a masterclass on the pro’s and con’s of franchising.

Date: 19 November, 9.30am to 11.30am
Location: American Corner Es’kia Mphahlele Community Library, Sammy Marks Square, 347 Madiba Street, Pretoria Central, Pretoria

Business model development workshop

Join MamelodiBiz and Kasi Hosting founder Monde Zuma for a workshop on business model development.

Date: 20 November, 9am to 4pm
Location: American Corner Es’kia Mphahlele Community Library, Sammy Marks Square, 347 Madiba Street, Pretoria Central, Pretoria

GrowthWheel Certification Course

GrowthWheel is a visual toolbox and online platform used by business advisors, incubators, and entrepreneurship educators to help businesses make decisions and take action. Join this event to learn more.

Date: 19 and 20 October, 8.30am to 4.30pm
Location: Alexander Forbes Building115 West Street, Sandton

Startup State of the Nation Address (Startup SONA)

This event will see the government, private enterprise and the startup community each define their participation as stakeholders within the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR).

Date: 21 to 22 November, 8.45am to 5pm
Location: Impact Hub Rosebank, 9 Walters Street, Johannesburg


Startup Grind Pietemaritzburg

Startup Grind Pietemaritzburg hosts 2Cee Holdings founder Sabelo Thusi.

Date: 23 November, 9am to 11am
Location: Worq, 170 Victoria Road, Pietermaritzburg

Port Shepstone

Esayidi Centre for Entrepreneurship & Singatha Incubator

Esayidi Centre for Entrepreneurship & Singatha Incubator will host a GEW event.

Date: 19 November, 8am to 2pm
Location: 22 Marine Dr, 22 Marine Drive, Port Shepstone,


Festival Agribusiness Chad

On the sidelines of GEW, this event will aim to celebrate, promote and reflect on Chadian agribusiness and its challenges.

Date: 20 to 21 November, 7am to 12pm
Location: Worq, 170 Victoria Road, Pietermaritzburg

Startup and Investment Forum

The Startup and Investment Forum is a unique forum that brings together investors and venture capitalists from around the world to discover business opportunities and innovations in Chad.

Date: 22 to 23 November, 7am to 6.30pm
Location: Radisson Blu, N’Djamena, Route de la Corniche, N’Djaména

Night of Entrepreneurs

This event aims to gather in one place, budding entrepreneurs, pioneers and celebrities from the business world, movie stars, music, sports and many others that are visibly evolving in Africa’s socio-economic transformation.

Date: 23 November, 6pm to 12pm
Location: Radisson Blu, N’Djamena, Route de la Corniche, N’Djaména


Startup Grind Asmara

Startup Grind Asmara hosts Global Nquhdemena IT Innovations and Promotion Centre co-founder and Mainefhi College of Engineering and Technology lecturer Teklehaimanot Yemane.

Date: 20 November, 1.45pm to 3.30pm
Location: CoETech Conference Room, Mainefhi, College of Engineering and Technology, Mainefhi


Africa Fintech Summit

The Africa Fintech Summit will gather disruptors, tech and finance professionals, regulators, and investors from across Africa and the world.

Date: 21 November, 8am to 5.45pm
Location: Sheraton Addis, Addis Ababa


Future Females Accra Launch

Join the launch of the Accra branch of Future Females, a platform that connects, inspires and supports existing and aspiring female entrepreneurs.

Date: 20 November, 1pm to 4pm
Location: SB Incubator, Silver Star Towers, Liberation Road, Airport, Accra


Africa Crossroads

Through design exhibitions, invigorating workshops, art installations, and more, this three-day event will spark deep discussions about the latest inventions and innovations in science, art, and technology.

Organised by Hivos, African Crossroads convenes a yearly, cross-continental and multidisciplinary gathering for African artists, entrepreneurs, computer scientists, designers, researchers and philosophers to exchange knowledge and to positively shape the future of African societies.

Date: 20 to 23  November, 9am to 5pm
Location: Mombasa

Startup Grind Nairobi

Startup Grind Nairobi hosts Joseph Mucheru, the Kenyan Cabinet Secretary in the Ministry of ICT.

Date: 21 November, 6.30pm to 9pm
Location: The Foundry, Nelleon Place, Rhapta Rd, Nairobi

Startup Grind Eldoret 

Startup Grind Eldoret hosts Dynamic Thought Leader’s Richard Simiyu.

Date: 22 November, 5.30pm to 8pm
Location: Sirikwa Hotel, Oloo Street, Eldoret

Fireside chat on Kenya’s Data Protection Act

Join LawyersHub’s Linda Bonyo and Smile Identity’s Mark Straub for a presentation on Kenya’s new Data Protection Act followed by a conversation on the implications for Know-Your-Client (KYC) compliance and data privacy in Kenya’s fast growing financial services sector.

Date: 22 November, 6.30pm to 8.30pm
Location: Lawyers Hub, ACK Garden House Bishop Road, First Ngong Ave, Upper Hill, Nairobi

Founder’s Yard

This event aims to highlight the cutting-edge innovation taking place on the continent as well as put a spotlight on some of the youngest and brightest tech startup founders while providing key learning points from each entrepreneur.

Date: 22 November, 6pm to 8pm
Location: ALX, (Nairobi Garage) Pine Plaza, Ngong Road, Nairobi

Africa Future Summit 

Africa Future Summit will feature an active network of investors, tech entrepreneurs, celebrities, politicians and business moguls.

Date: 22 November, 11am to 4pm
Location: YMCA Central, Nairobi


Startup Grind Morocco 

Startup Grind Morocco hosts Lynk Marketing CEO and founder Tayssir Tatari.

Date: 19 November, 7pm to 9pm
Location: Technopark of Tangier, Mohamed V Boulevard, Tangier International Pavilion, Tangier


Google and BMC Bootcamp for Startups

GEN Nigeria will host a bootcamp for students of tertiary institutions who are aspiring to venture into entrepreneurship at the Global Entrepreneurship Network (GEN) Nigeria Hub Yabatech.

The one-day bootcamp will equip attendees with the skills needed to develop a business plan and to grow their business while maintaining an online presence.

Date: 18 November, 9am to 1.30pm
Location: GEN Nigeria Hub, Yabatech, Yaba, Lagos

GEW Nigeria 2019: Youth Entrepreneurship Dialogue

Youth Entrepreneurship Dialogue (YED) is an annual forum that brings together 1000 young people during the GEW and exposes them to the different aspects of entrepreneurship.

The event includes pitch sessions where three winners will be given seed money.

Date: 19 November, 9am to 1pm
Location: LBS Auditorium, Lagos Business School, Km 22 Lekki-Epe Expressway, Ajah, Lagos

GEW Abuja 2019

GEW Abuja 2019 will be spread over five days featuring several events and activities.

Date: 19 to 22 November, 10am to 4pm
Location: Shehu Musa Yar’adua Centre, 1 Memorial Drive, Abuja

Women Enterprise Day Lagos

Women Entrepreneurship Day (WED) is an annual forum that brings together 800 women during the GEW and exposes them to the different aspects of entrepreneurship.

Date: 20 November, 9am to 2pm
Location: Havillah Events, Oniru, Victoria Island, Lagos

How to Raise Capital for Your Business Venture

VertoFX’s founders Ola Oyetayo and Anthony Oduwole will discuss how they went about convincing investors to back their idea and will also share tips on how entrepreneurs can raise capital for their business ventures.

Date: 20 November, 2.45pm to 5pm
Location: Ventures Park, 29 Mambilla Street, Abuja

Town Hall on KYC compliance in fintech

Join Smile Identity CEO Mark Straub for a town hall discussing the growing global interest in Nigerian fintech, as well as the implications this has for African consumer KYC, data protection and data privacy.

Date: 20 November, 7pm to 9pm
Location: Golden Tulip Oniru, Lagos, Elegba Festival Drive, Lagos

Startup Grind Abuja

Startup Grind Abuja hosts Neto Ikpeme who will be sharing his story as he focuses on the importance of building partnerships in entrepreneurship.

Date: 21 November, 10am to 12.30pm
Location: Box Office Hub, 215 Konoko Crescent Wuse II, Abuja


Awareness of the legal environment of a company

Join this GEW event that will focus on how to get an understanding of the legal environment companies operate in.

Date: 19 November, 3pm to 6pm
Location: Jokkolabs, Dakar

How to pitch in 30 seconds

Firefly Media general manager Mafal Lo will hold a presentation on how to pitch in less than a minute.

Date: 20 November, 9am to 12pm
Location: Jokkolabs, Dakar

Sierra Leone

Startup Grind Freetown

Startup Grind Freetown hosts startup consultant Mabel Ironn Sky Turay.

Date: 22 November, 4pm to 5.30pm
Location: Think Africa Institute, Dauda Street, Yams Farm, 12 Nicol Street, Freetown

Startup Grind Jos

In celebration of the GEW 2019, Startup Grind Jos will host Qitech Technologies founder Segun Oruame.

Date: 23 November, 9am to 2pm
Location: Nhub, 3rd Floor, TAEN Business Complex, Opposite former Nitel Office, Yakubu Gowon Way, Jos


Startup Grind Harare

Startup Grind Harare hosts Progroup CEO Nigel Philip.

Date: 20 November, 6pm to 9pm
Location: Sabre Business World, 146 Enterprise Road, Harare

Featured image: Participants pictured at the Africa Early Stage Investment Summit 2019, held in Cape Town from 13 to 15 November (Cable Productions/VC4A/ABAN).



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