Top startup web events in SA this week [26/04/21]

Industry experts will be sharing their top tips for startups on how to become investor-ready followed by an enthralling review of a must-read book for those in the tech startup ecosystem. 

Ventureburn has updated its existing weekly series that highlights all the top startup events in Africa, by shifting to focus only on web events broadcast from 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

Please notify us by Friday of the week before the event.

Not all the events are free and some will require booking in advance. Please click on the event names to find out more information.

All times below are set in South African time unless indicated. These events are free of charge unless otherwise indicated.

Nuts & Bolts – Strengthening Africa’s Innovation and Entrepreneurship Ecosystem

Hosted by Startup Grind and facilitated by entrepreneur Alesimo Mwanga, this event will cover an in-depth review of the book ‘Strengthening Africa’s Innovation and Entrepreneurship Ecosystem’ written by Dr Mclean Sibanda. 

‘The future of Africa is bright. Innovation, and not aid, is the answer.’

McLean Sibanda believes that Africa must be deliberate about its economic development and that change requires champions, and importantly, fertile enabling environments.

In Nuts & Bolts you will gain unique perspectives on challenges faced by leaders overseeing a turnaround in any organisation; and the thought processes behind innovation initiatives that yielded value. McLean provides practical insights on innovation and entrepreneurship for Africa’s development through a narrative of his seven years of repositioning Sub-Saharan Africa’s first internationally recognised Science and Technology Park, The Innovation Hub. 

The discussion will dive deep into the book’s findings and its valuable insight that it provides on the African entrepreneurial landscape. 

Date: 29 April 2021, 6pm
Location: Webinar 

Investor readiness with HAVAIC

Startup Grind will be hosting a webinar event focusing on how startups can become investor-ready. The event will be held in partnership with a panel of industry experts including Ian Lessem, Managing partner at VC, HAVAIC, Justin Drennan, CEO of Parcel Ninja, and Sheeran Amod, CEO of Recomed. 

Date: 29 April 2021, 6pm
Location: Webinar 

Building a portfolio career

Lifecheq is hosting a tailored event with seasoned branding strategist Catherine Shipushu on how to build a portfolio career. Shipushu’s career spans a range of sectors from television broadcasting, marketing, and public relations experience under her belt. 

During this event, Shipushu will provide insight into how she has built her impressive career portfolio and the lessons that she has learned along the way. 

Date: 28 April 2021, 6pm
Location: Webinar 

Startups and the South African Tech Ecosystem

Join startup mentor and Story Room founder Ellen Fischat and Stephen Timm, journalist, and author of “At Any Cost”, as they discuss how South African startups can promote themselves more effectively and discuss the key challenges that start-ups face in the tech ecosystem. 

Limited tickets for the in-person live event at co-working space CAP CPT in Woodstock, Cape Town (40 seats available) are R200, and tickets to view the event online are R50. Those that attend stand a chance to win a free copy of “At Any Cost”.

Date: 29 April 2021, 5.30pm to 7pm
Location: CAP CPT, Woodstock, Cape Town (live event), and Facebook (web event)

Featured image: NeONBRAND via Unsplash 



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