Top startup events in South Africa, Africa you should know about this week [09/02/2020]

This week Future Females will be launching its first workshop in Philippi Village, Cape Town, in partnership with the UK-SA Tech Hub on Wednesday (12 February).

For those in Johannesburg, Techstars will run a Startup Weekend in Mogale City, from 14 to 16 February.

Further afield, on Thursday (13 February) in Lagos the second Innovation Showcase Week (ISW) will unveil the best of West-African innovation, while in Morocco, the three-day Startup Africa Summit kicks off on the same day (13 February).

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 workshop

Future Females is launching its first workshop in Philippi Village, in partnership with the UK-SA Tech Hub, part of the UK Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and Solution Space at the UCT Graduate School of Business.

The workshop is aimed at equipping female entrepreneurs with practical design thinking strategies they can apply to the challenges they solve with their businesses, and experience in their lives.

Date: 12 February, 11am to 2pm
Location: Solution Space, Philippi, Cape Town

Entrepreneur Social

Entrepreneur Social – Cape Town hosts monthly networking socials for socially conscious entrepreneurs, business leaders and owners who see the value in connecting on a personal level and building deeper relationships with people in their community.

Date: 12 February, 6pm to 8.30pm
Location: Akro Capital Co-working Space, 25 Wale Street, Cape Town


KNF Ventures meetup

Venture capital (VC) company Knife Capital will hold an information and networking sessions for investors and those interested in investing, in its Section 12J fund, KNF Ventures.

Date: 11 February, 5pm
Location: TBC

Startup Huddle

Incubator 22 On Sloane is relaunching its first Startup Huddle. Every month entrepreneurs come together in the same location to pitch their startups reveal challenges and crowd solutions. Entrepreneurs will discover solutions to challenges they face through purposeful engagement.

Date: 11 February, 5pm
Location: 22 Sloane Street, corner William Nicol Drive, Bryanston, Johannesburg

Techstars Startup Weekend Mogale City

Techstars Startup Weekends are 54-hour events designed to provide superior experiential education for technical and non-technical entrepreneurs.

Beginning with Friday night pitches and continuing through brainstorming, business plan development, and basic prototype creation, Techstars Startup Weekends culminate in Sunday night demos and presentations.

Date: 14 to 16 February
Location: Chief Mogale Multi-Purpose Centre, Kagiso Drive, Krugersdorp

Côte d’Ivoire

Demo Day for i-Hub Abidjan

After four months of coaching as part of i-Hub Abidjan’s “Incubabi” incubation programme will pitched in front of potential investors and actors in the ecosystem.

Date: 13 February, 5pm to 9pm
Location: I-Hub Abidjan, East 160, Abidjan


Co-Found Accra

“Co-Found Accra” is the most organic environment for entrepreneurs to connect, network, share and co-found.

The event is aimed at corporate and business people, students, creatives and developers.

Date: 11 February, 7pm to 10pm
Location: Accra Digital Centre, GA-174-3217 Accra

How to get a loan

Technology company OZÉ will run this free workshop which will look at how business owners can access finance for their business.

Date: 15 February, 9am to 1pm
Location: Impact Hub Accra, F 393/4, Otswe Street, Osu, near Ako Adjei Park, Accra


What’s next: Food and beverages

The Food & Beverage ecosystem has gained unprecedented growth over the last five years. From entry and expansion of multiple international food brands, rise of food bloggers, increase in restaurant spend by consumers, to fast and efficient door step delivery.

The 44th edition of the #WhatsNext series, will play host to experts with skin in the game in the sector, to allay or confirm the trends and give us their own personal take on the future of the industry.

Date: 12 February, 6pm to 8.30pm
Location: Mettā Nairobi, 14 Riverside Drive, #Suite 6A, Nairobi


Startup Africa Summit

The Startup Africa Summit is a disruptive event designed to bring together innovative startups, investors, industry experts and ecosystem leaders to discuss business and investment opportunities in Africa.

Date: 13 to 15 February
Location: National Library of the Kingdom of Morocco, Avenue Ibn Khaldoun, Rabat


Innovation Showcase Week 2020

In its second edition, Innovation Showcase Week (ISW) 2020 will unveil the best of West-African innovation, a range of daring solutions to some of the most pressing industrial and consumer problems in multiple sectors.

Solutions on display will include balloon-powered satellites, AI-driven fraud detection, blockchain-powered anti-counterfeiting, computer-vision powered glasses for the visually impaired and a lot more.

All these and more have been built by startups in the second cohort of West-Africa’s first advanced-tech focused accelerator, the Facebook Accelerator, as well as startups from CcHUB’s startup programmes.

Date: 13 and 14 February
Location: NG_HUB, 8 Montgomery Rd, Sabo, Yaba, Lagos, Nigeria

Women in Tech

Women in Tech is one of Bincom Dev Center Community’s event for women already in the tech ecosystem and those willing to join.

Date: 14 February, 12pm to 2pm
Location: 5 Anthony Ajayi St, Lagos

Featured image: Participants at a recent NG_Hub event in Lagos (NG_Hub via Facebook)



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