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Top startup events in South Africa, Africa you should know about this week [24/11/2019]

The year is almost over, but there are still plenty of events for those in Africa’s tech startup sector to attend.

On Thursday (28 November) edtech incubator Injini will hold a panel discussion and pitch competition at V&A Waterfront in Cape Town.

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In Johannesburg the Southern Africa Startup Awards grand finale will be the main event of the week. It takes place on Wednesday and Thursday (27 and 28 November). Ther’s also Heavy Chef’s The Fintechnologists event on Tuesday (26 November).

Senegal will host the second African Islamic Fintech Summit, on Friday and Saturday (29 and 30 November) in Dakar.

On Tuesday (26 November) the H-Web, together with the Tony Elumelu Foundation, will host a 90-minute online masterclass on planning for cross-territory intellectual property (IP) protection for startups. It will be held at 1pm Eastern African time, 12pm Central African time and 11am West African time.

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

Future Females Winelands Stellenbosch

Join this Future Females Winelands event for an evening of reflection.

Date: 26 November, 6pm to 8.15pm
Location: The LaunchLab, Hammanschand Road, Stellenbosch

VC Office Hours with Havaic

Tech startup founders are invited to VC Office Hours with Cape Town-based venture capital firm Havaic.

Date: 26 November, 10m to 1pm
Location: UCT Graduate School of Business, Solution Space, 9 Portswood Road, Cape Town

Enabling edtech in Africa

Join edtech incubator Injini for a panel discussion, pitch competition and networking opportunity for anyone interested in improving educational outcome in SA.

Date: 28 November, 5pm to 7pm
Location: Workshop17 Watershed, 17 Dock Road, Cape Town


The Future of Money

SA Crypto brings you their annual Durban Summit, this year titled The Future of Money, in partnership with cryptocurrency wallet and marketplace Luno.

With some of South Africa’s leading fintech analysts and speakers, you will not only learn what the future of money actually looks like, but also learn how to be prepared for entirely new investment trends as the world moves away from traditional saving models.

Date: 26 November, 6pm to 9.30pm
Location: The Sett, Umhlanga, Durban


Heavy Chef’s The Inspire Sessions: The Fintechnologists 

Heavy Chef hosts Just One Lap CEO Kristia van Heerden, Discovery Bank CEO Barry Hore, Discovery Bank deputy CEO Francois Groepe and Lettuce CEO Simon Dingle.

Date: 26 November, 6pm to 8.30pm
Location: Discovery Headquarters, 1 Discovery Place, Sandton

Southern Africa Startup Awards Grand Finale

The Southern Africa Startup Awards will this year be held over two days. The event will feature panel discussions on the first day and conclude with an ecosystem round-table and awards ceremony.

Date: 27 to 28 November, 8am to 10pm
Location: Hilton Sandton, 138 Rivonia Road, Sandton


Pitch Hot Seat

Founders Institute will host this event where entrepreneurs can pitch their ideas to an expert panel, who will give them useful feedback.

Date: 28 November, 6.30pm to 9pm
Location: Luanda Mediatheque, Avenida Deolinda Rodrigues, S / N, Near Rua 1º de Agosto, Luanda


Startup Grind Bafang

Startup Grind Bafang hosts Gy Assoumou.

Date: 24 November, 3pm to 6pm
Location: La Maison de la Femme de Bafang, A Côté de la Prefecture, Bafang


Africa Future Summit

The Africa Future Summit tour heads to Egypt. Speakers on the tour include Forbes 30 Under 30 Award winning entrepreneur Christine Ntim, Forbes Magazine chief growth officer Tom Davis and Africa Future Fund partner Einstein Ntim.

Date: 26 November, 4.30pm to 8.30pm
Location: Greek Campus Rooftop, 28-32 Al Falki, Ad Dawawin, Cairo


Startup Grind Asmara

Startup Grind Asmara hosts Alpha Enterprise Information Systems founder and CEO Simon Okubagiorgis.

Date: 27 November, 1.45pm to 3pm
Location: Conference Room, College of Engineering and Technology, Mai-Nefhi


GIZ, Ghana investment readiness workshop

Looking to raise capital? This workshop aims to help entrepreneurs become investment-ready.

Date: 26 and 27 November, 9am to 5pm
Location: Impact Hub Accra, No. F393/4, Otswe Street, Osu Ako-Adjei, Accra

Startup funding in Accra

This fundraising workshop will feature talks from entrepreneurs who have successfully raised money for their businesses, and investors actively funding businesses.

Date: 26, November, 6.30pm to 10pm
Location: SB Incubator, Stanbic Heighs, Airport, Accra


Blockchain and regulation of digital assets in emerging markets

Join this forum on blockchain and regulation of digital assets in emerging markets. Speakers inlcude Australian fintech expert Loretta Joseph.

Date: 25 November, 2pm to 5pm
Location: Financial Sector Deepening Kenya – FSD Kenya, Riverside Drive, Nairobi

Startup Grind Monrovia

Startup Grind hosts TunesLiberia CEO Elvis Juasemai.

Date: 27 November, 4pm to 6pm
Location: iCampus Liberia, 150 Carey Street, Monrovia

African Women in Fintech and Payments (AWFP) Annual Conference

The conference will bring together women and men working in fintech and payments for a full day event. It will feature interactive panels, deep-dive Q&As, debates, keynotes and plenary sessions with industry leaders.

Date: 29 November, 8am to 6pm
Location: Villa Rosa Kempinski, Chiromo Road, Nairobi


Africa Impact Investing Summit

This impact-focused investment event and is the first such professional gathering to be held in Africa and for Africa. The investment summit will take place annually in Marrakech with regional subsequent rounds to be held in other African countries.

Date: 28 to 30 November
Location: Palmeraie Palace, Circuit de la Palmeraie, Marrakech

Founders Camp

This Founders Camp is a unique opportunity to discover the 20 talented startups of the program as well as the mentors who accompany them.

It’s also an opportunity to meet and exchange with funds from international VCs, successful entrepreneurs and other players in tech ecosystems in Morocco and around the world.

Date: 29 November to 1 December, 12pm to 5pm
Location: Fellah Hotel, Road of Marrakech, El Jadida

Startup Weekend Nador 2019

Startup Morocco and the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands join forces to organise a special edition which aims to bring together entrepreneurs and mentors for a weekend of innovation and creativity.

Date: 29 November to 1 December
Location: Multidisciplinary Nador College, Selouane, Oriental


Startup Grind Ibadan

Startup Grind Ibadan hosts Campus Labs chief community builder Emeka Ossai.

Date: 24 November, 3pm to 6pm
Location: Wennovation Hub, 3rd Floor Alpha and Omega Building, Queen Elizabeth II Road Mokola, Ibadan

Startup Grind Ife

Startup Grind Ife will organise a three-day trip to Lagos to visit the top tech companies as well as host a one-on-one session with a Forbes Africa under-30 entrepreneur.

Date: 28 to 30 November, 10am to 12pm
Location: Obafemi Awolowo University, Akintola Car Pack, Ile-Ife Osun

Edtech and the future of work

This Tech Cabal event will see stakeholders including regulators and government agencies, investors, entrepreneurs, NGOs, social enterprises and schools set a strong agenda about how to leapfrog Africa’s education challenges and prepare our citizens for future jobs.

Date: 29 November, 9.30am
Location: Zone Tech Park, Gbagada Expressway, Lagos

Startup Grind Aba

Startup Grind Aba hosts Innovation Growth Hub founder Daniel Chinagozi.

Date: 29 November, 1pm to 2pm
Location: Innovation Growth Hub, No 62, Asa Road, Aba

Lagos Startup Idea Bootcamp

This event will help you improve your idea, come up with new ideas, determine the next steps, and even recruit potential co-founders.

Date: 29 November, 5pm to 9pm
Location: NG Hub, 8 Montgomery Rd, Sabo, Lagos

Startup Grind Kaduna

Startup Grind Kaduna hosts Kadict Hub CEO Yusuf Bashir.

Date: 30 November, 3.30pm to 5pm
Location: Kadict Hub, 47 Kanta Road, Kaduna


African Islamic Fintech Summit

The second edition of this summit will focus on African financial inclusion in the digital era.

Date: 29 and 30 November, 7pm to 10pm
Location: Radisson Blu Hotel, Dakar Sea Plaza, Route de la Corniche Ouest, Dakar

Featured image: Rekindle Learning founder Rapelang Rabana addressing a Heavy Chef event in Johannesburg in May (Facebook)

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