Top startup events in South Africa, Africa you should know about this week [16/02/2020]


Tomorrow in Cape Town, Dazzle Angels — an angel investment network aimed at funding women-owned startups — will run a networking and information session at the American Corner at the Central Library.

For those in Johannesburg, Heavy Chef will feature three investors to a session this Wednesday (19 February).

Further afield, on Friday (21 February), Kenya will host The African Startup Innovation Summit 2020, while on Thursday (20 February) in Abidjan, Rodrigue Fouafou will share his long experience with actors of the entrepreneurial ecosystem of the Ivory Coast.

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

Dazzle Angels: Round table

Calling all female tech founders — come meet entrepreneurs, pitch, connect and network with angel investors. Dazzle Angels is an angel investment network that invests in women-owned tech startups.

Date: 18 February, 5.30pm to 7.30pm
Location: The American Corner, Central Library, Old Drill Hall, corner of Parade and Darling St., Cape Town


Trade and Investment Forum

Join the Durban Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s Trade and Investment Forum to learn more about trade negotiations and Preferential Market Access and support programmes offered by Trade and Investment KwaZulu-Natal (TIKZN).

Date: 19 February, 11am to 2pm
Location: Durban Chamber Of Commerce And Industry, 892 Umgeni Road, Lion Match office park, Durban


Heavy Chef: The Inspire Sessions

In a series of two events, in Johannesburg and Cape Town, in February 2020, Heavy Chef has invited six of South Africa’s most impressive investors to zero in on two questions.

This session will Africa Lighthouse Capital founder Bame Pule, IDF Capital founder Polo Leteka and Kalon Venture Partners founder Clive Butkow.

Date: 18 February, 6pm to 8.30pm
Location: Discovery Headquarters, 1 Discovery Place, Sandton, Johannesburg

The Future of Work

Fliptin Technologies in partnership with the French South African Chamber of Commerce & Industry (FSACCI) is proudly hosting the fifth edition of the Internet of Everything Africa (IOEA) series to talk about “The future of work: a human perspective”.

This edition aims to address the transformation of the labour market in our society impacted by technology. But also to bring together entrepreneurs, professionals, enthusiasts and decision makers for a casual networking event to discuss the changes in the world of work.

Date: 19 February 19, 5.30pm to 7.30pm
Location: French South African Chamber of Commerce & Industry, 98 Albertyn Ave, Wierda Valley, Sandton

Digital Marketing Summit

This all-day summit will cover the area of digital marketing. Speakers will talk on issues among other such as digital transformation, work life balance and high-performance athletes and what they can teach us about sales and marketing in the digital age.

Date: 20 February, 8.45am to 5pm
Location: Gallagher Convention Centre, 19 Richards Drive, Midrand

World Information Architecture Day

World Information Architecture Day is a one-day annual celebration held in dozens of locations across the globe.

We are a community of like-minded professionals and enthusiasts who share the common goal of teaching, learning, and shaping the future of Information Architecture.

Date: 21 February, 6pm to 8.30pm
Location: Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture, 45 Bunting Road, Johannesburg


Startup Grind Gambia

What does the future of fintech look like for The Gambia? Startup Grind Gambia takes a look at this topic and the issue of access to finance.

Join Adrame NDione, from the Gambia Angel Investors Network and Haddy J Coulibaly the founder of Credit, Now Corp.

Date: 21 February, 6pm to 9pm
Location:Disruptive Lab, Fajara, Banjul

Ivory Coast

Afro Tech Talk Abidjan 2020

As part of his stay in Abidjan for the launch of 4IRs Days of the African Development Bank, Rodrigue Fouafou will share his long experience with actors of the entrepreneurial ecosystem of the Ivory Coast, alongside a panel of various other experts.

Date: 20 February, 6.30pm to 10pm
Location: Le Phare – Coworking, Reviera Bonounmin, Abidjan, District Autonome d’Abidjan


Not all investors are the same

Your choice of investor can either build or derail your business. Join Nairobi Garage for this workshop hosted by Patrick Ogola managing partner at O&M Law Firm and learn how to select the best type of investor for your business growth.

Date: 18 February, 7.30am to 10am
Location: NG Karen, Watermark Business Park, Nairobi

African Startup Innovation Summit 2020

The African Startup Innovation Summit 2020 aims to address the specific needs of the African startup community by providing delegates access to experts and experienced entrepreneurs who understand the African context within a global perspective.

The summit covers issues such as how to create intellectual property (IP), commercialising your invention by building a revenue generating enterprise and how to build the right team.

Date: 21 February, 9am to 6pm
Location: Azure Hotel, Lantana Road, Westlands, Nairobi

Ai Kenya Show and Tell

The first Show and Tell event in 2020 for Ai Kenya will feature a variety of speakers who will showcase the various topics they are busy with, such as social robotics and cancer detection.

Date: 22 February, 3pm to 5pm
Location: African Leadership X, Kaburu Dr, Nairobi


Startup Grind Agadir

This week’s Startup Grind Agadir will feature Soufyane Aboukad, head of accounting firm SAB Consulting. Aboukad is a chartered accountant and auditor in France and Morocco.

Date: 21 February, 6pm to 9pm
Location: Univers Startup et Entrepreneur – Incubateur et Espace Coworking Bureau 3, Etage 1, Immeuble Addrar 1, Avenue 11 Janvier, Cité Dakhela Agadir


West Africa Agribusiness Show

The West Africa Agribusiness Show is an annual exhibition which aims to provide a viable platform through which innovations in technology, equipment, procedures and processes in the agribusiness sector can be developed to further enhance the value chain throughout West Africa.

Date: 18 to 20 February
Location: Landmark Centre, Water Corporation Drive, #Plot 2 & 3, Annex, Lagos

Featured image: Participants pictured at an Antler demo day in Nairobi last Wednesday (12 February) (Supplied)



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