Top startup events in South Africa, Africa you should know about this week [15/03/2020]

The coronavirus has seen the cancellation of a number of startup events across Africa.

In addition, yesterday the South African government banned all gatherings of over 100 people. It follows similar measures by Kenya, Morocco and Egypt, among other African countries. More African countries are likely to be added to this list.

It’s why the list this week of events looks near empty.

Johannesburg the three-day Civic Tech Innovation Network forum, set to begin on Wednesday (18 March), is likely to be cancelled, as is Nairobi’s Digital Agenda: Africa’s Digital Transformation in Insurance Summit 2020, which was set to start on Thursday (19 March).

For now, the best will be to double check if any of these events and others are still going ahead before turning up.

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

Innovation in Africa

Professor André Roux, University of Stellenbosch Business School’s head of futures studies programme will speak about the global trends for the next 10 years and the relevance this has on Africa and South Africa.

In addition, LaunchLab’s new CEO, Josh Romisher will speak about the top five lessons he has learnt on building a business in Africa.

Date: 17 March, 8am to 6pm
Location: Launchlab, Hammanshand Road, Stellenbosch

Women in Tech Africa Summit

Following the success of the last edition, the Women in Tech Africa Summit is this eyar offering an extensive range of career and personal development workshops, enlightening discussions, and inspiring keynote presentations from trailblazing advocates who are speaking out to challenge the gender status quo.

Date: 18 and 19 March, 9am to 6pm
Location: Century City Conference Centre, No. 4 Energy Ln, Century City, Cape Town

Creating a sales engine

When it comes to business, sales techniques are key to success. In this workshop, which is part of Vodacom Fast Forward Series will be presented by Sandras Phiri, the CEO of African Trust Academy and director of Startup Grind, Cape Town.

Phiri has worked with over 25 organisations and has lectured at over 20 universities. He has worked in banking, mobile payments, unit trusts and IT in South Africa and Zambia and has run his own businesses in IT and entertainment.

Date: 19 March, 9am to 1.30pm
Location: Young Blood Africa Art Gallery, 70-74 Bree St, Cape Town


Civic Tech Innovation Network forum

This conference is for all people who are interested in how new technologies could enable better services and relationships between government and citizens.

Taiwan’s Digital Minister Audrey Tang will speak at the three-day forum, which is hosted by The Civic Tech Innovation Network (CTIN). The forum aims to bring together SA’s civic tech community.

Date: 18 to 20 March
Location: Tshimologong Precinct, 41 Juta Street, 2001 Johannesburg

Cote d’Ivoire

Abidjan Entrepreneurs’ Fair

The first edition of the Entrepreneurs’ Fair is a monthly event in Abidjan. The event aims to bring together all resident entrepreneurs, whatever their nationality.

Date: 19 March, 7pm to 10pm
Sofitel Abidjan Hôtel Ivoire, Abidjan

Entrepreneur Student Fair

The Entrepreneur Student Fair is an event that brings together all students from all fields combined around debates, conferences and panels made by professionals with the aim of inculcating the spirit of Entrepreneurship in the student.

Date: 20 March, 7am to 6pm
Université Félix Houphouët-Boigny, Cocody, Compataabilite Abidjan


The Digital Agenda (Insurtech)

The Digital Agenda: Africa’s Digital Transformation in Insurance Summit 2020 aims to facilitate the exchange of thoughts and strategic partnerships.

The conference will cover current trends such as the opportunities and threats of a digital world, blockchain technology, Internet of Things (IoT), chatbot implementation, artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning, regulation in digital insurance.

Date: 19 and 20 March, 7pm to 5.30pm
Mövenpick Hotel & Residences Nairobi, Mkungu Close, Nairobi

Featured image: Empty seats just before a recent Heavy Chef event in Cape Town (Facebook)



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