Top startup web events in SA this week [17/05/21]

Entrepreneurs and startup founders can look forward to a jam-packed week of events. From touching on entrepreneurial tips to highlighting female founders in the tech space.

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.

Dynamic power couple Allan and Margaret Hirsch

Startup Grind is hosting an event where the dynamic husband and wife duo, Margaret and Allan Hirsch will share their entrepreneurial journey to building one of the most successful appliance, electronics, and furnishing retail empire known as Hirsch’s Homestores.

Date: 19 May 2021, 6pm
Location: Webinar 

UCT Startup Founders Panel Discussion

Startup Grind is hosting an engaging and enthralling panel discussion webinar with several UCT startup founders. Some of the panel speakers include Thapelo Nthite the Co-Founder of Botlhale AI, Mvelo Hlophe the Founder of Zaio, and Brian Mlambo the Co-Founder of Zero1 Creations and Group CEO of Akha Ventures.

Thapelo Nthite is the Co-founder of Botlhale IA, an AI Startup that provides a text and speech-based toolkit for creating conversational AI African languages. This super innovative startup won the DataHack4Fi Innovation Competition in 2019. Thapelo has been featured on many platforms including Mail & Guardian Top 200 Young South Africans 2020. He was the guest speaker at the 2020 Africa Tech Week Summit. He is an Electrical Engineering Masters Candidate from the University of Cape Town.

Mvelo Hlophe is the Founder and CEO of Zaio, a free online platform that teaches people how to code and become developers. In 202O Zaio partnered up with Startup Grind UCT and Mvelo was one of the Judges for the Startup Grind PitchSlam Competition in 2020. He has been featured on Business Insider South Africa in 2020. He is also a Bcom PPE Graduate from the University of Cape Town.

Brian Mlambo is the Group CEO of Akha ventures and Co-founder of Zero1 Creations (a division of Akha venture). Zero1 Creations is a creative agency that helps businesses build digital profiles. Akha Ventures is a digital accelerator that provides training to entrepreneurs. Brian is the winner of the 2014 Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award and he is also the former Co-Director of Startup Grind Cape Town. He is currently studying for his Final Year in Bcom Accounting at the University of Cape Town. 

Date: 20 May 2021, 6pm
Location: Webinar 

Celebrating Female Leadership & Entrepreneurship with Lindiwe Nkuna

Hosted by Startup Grind, this webinar will host several female founders who are inspiring, educating, and connecting entrepreneurs. In its upcoming event, Lindiwe Nkuna is the Founder and CEO of Ngaraga Technologies (Pty) Ltd T/A Lindiwe Sanitary Pads, will be sharing her entrepreneurial story of success and how she developed the innovative product. 

The Startup Grind’s #SGWomen theme recognises women who are making incredible strides in the tech and startup landscape.

Date: 22 May 2021, 10am
Location: Webinar 

Colouring Outside the Business Box with Siya Metane

 Lifecheq is hosting Siya Metane, the founder and CEO of SlikourOnLife, and is a well-known seasoned entrepreneur, publisher, and impactful digital marketing specialist.

Upon making his first R100 000 in the music business as a member of the renowned group, Skwatta Kamp, Siya began to branch out his business interests by investing in his father’s taxi business- a deal that would set the tone for his astute business acumen and management in the future.

Ever versatile, Siya ventured into the world of marketing in 2006 when he started his own music agency which ultimately led to his collaboration with the largescale agency, RE. With a new vision and the industry experience to boot, Siya went on to establish his digital platform SlikourOnLife: an urban culture and music sharing platform that gave a voice to musicians who did not have access to traditional platforms. It would be at the OnLife Networks that Siya would establish himself as a force to be reckoned with both in the digital marketing and entrepreneurial spaces.

Date: 19 May 2021, 6pm
Location: Webinar 

Featured image: Claudio Schwarz | @purzlbaum via Unsplash 



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