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Top startup events in South Africa, Africa you should know about this week

Startup founders in Cape Town have a choice of two Solution Space events to attend on Friday (3 May).

The first is a VC Office Hours session with Hlayisani Capital portfolio manager Mathew Palin. The second is an IP Office Hours session with Von Seidels founding partner Rowan Joseph.

For those in Joburg, Startupbootcamp AfriTech will be hosting a corporate-focused hackathon on Thursday and Friday (2 and 3 May).

Elsewhere on the continent, AfricArena will hold pitch events in Kenya and Rwanda on Tuesday (30 April).

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 of the events are free and some will require booking in advance. Please click on the event names to find out more information.

Cape Town

VC Office Hours with Hlayisani Capital

Tech startup founders are invited to a VC Office Hours session with Hlayisani Capital portfolio manager Mathew Palin.

Date: 3 May, 10am to 1pm
Location: UCT Graduate School of Business, Solution Space, 9 Portswood Road, Cape Town

IP Office Hours with Von Seidels

Join intellectual property law firm Von Seidels founding partner Rowan Joseph at this Solution Space Office Hours session.

Date: 3 May, 10.30am to 1.30pm
Location: UCT Graduate School of Business, Solution Space, 9 Portswood Road, Cape Town

Johannesburg

SBC AfriTech Corporate Challenge Hackathon 

Startupbootcamp AfriTech is hosting a corporate-focused hackathon for startups or scale-ups looking to run pilots or proof of concepts with some of the most innovative corporates on the African continent.

Date: 2 and 3 May
Location: Johannesburg

Lioness Lean In Centurion

Lioness Lean In events bring together inspirational African women entrepreneurs to share, inspire and connect with the next generation of great women-led startups.

Date: 3 May, 8am to 11.30am
Location: Volkswagen Group SA Training Academy, Corner of Mann and Olifanthoutbosch Road, Louwlardia, Centurion

Pietermaritzburg

Startup Grind Pietermaritzburg

Startup Grind Pietermaritzburg hosts AweSum Brands founder Baxolele Majikijela.

Date: 3 May, 5pm to 7pm
Location: Imperial Hotel,224 Jabu Ndlovu Street, Pietermaritzburg

Ghana

OZÉ App Workshop

OZÉ App co-founder and COO Dave Emnett will discuss the challenges small business owners face and how to make data-driven decisions that will help you overcome those challenges, grow your business and attract capital.

Date: 4 May, 10am to 1pm
Location: iSpace Foundation, No 14 Otu Adzin Road, Spintex, Accra

Kenya

AfricArena Tour: Nairobi Pitch Event

The AfricArena team heads to Nairobi to give the best Kenyan entrepreneurs the opportunity to pitch their business model and convince expert judges why they should be advanced to pitch at the grand finale in Cape Town.

Date: 3o April, 3pm to 7pm
Location: 6/F Belgravia, 14 Riverside Drive, Suite 6A, Nairobi

Nairobi Talks: Sustainable Social Enterprises

Join over 50 sustainability champions, social entrepreneurs, impact investors and development partners for an after hours panel discussion on building sustainable social enterprises.

Date: 3o April , 5pm to 8pm
Location: Nomad Lounges, 3rd Floor Misha Towers, Westlands road, Nairobi

Protecting Your Intellectual Property in Kenya

Join the Sinapis Entrepreneur Academy and Ipropex to learn about copyright, infringement, protecting your intellectual property, enforcement, agreements, rights and the different ways you can make a living off your Intellectual Property.

Date: 30 April, 5.30pm to 8.30pm
Location: Edulink International College, Ndemi Road, Nairobi

African Investor Masterclass

The African Investor Masterclass is a series of business and investment training seminars. Join this week’s session to learn how to raise capital from the diaspora.

Date: 4 May, 10am to 6pm
Location: METTĀ Nairobi, 6th Floor, Belgravia, 14 Riverside Drive, Nairobi

Nigeria

Growing your business to 8 digits

Running a startup? Join this event to learn how you can grow your business by leveraging business tools, taking advantage of funding opportunities and networking with accomplished entrepreneurs,among other tips.

Date: 30 April, 5.30pm to 8.30pm
Location: Dews Cinema. 202 Road, 2nd Avenue, Festac Town, Lagos

Fireside chat with Olayemi Jinadu

Join VGG chief product officer Olayemi Jinadu in this fireside chat focusing on starting and growing your career in a global and technology driven job market.

Date: 4 May, 3pm to 5pm
Location: Vibranium Valley, 42 Local Airport Road, Ikeja

Rwanda

AfricArena Tour: Kigali Pitch Event

The AfricArena team heads to Kigali to give the best Rwandan entrepreneurs the opportunity to pitch their business model and convince expert judges why they should be advanced to pitch at the grand finale in Cape Town.

Date: 30 April, 3pm to 7pm
Location: K-Lab, 8 KG 7 Avenue, Kigali

Tunisia

Innovation Days conference

The Innovation Days is a two-day conference focusing on innovative and disruptive technologies and their uses in our lives.

The event will include workshops, panels and debates revolving around innovative business models and design thinking, digital marketing and mobile payment, product development mythology and fintech.

Date: 2 May to 3 May, 8.30pm to 5.30pm
Location: Tunis Business School, prés de Marché de Gros, Bir El Kasaa, El Mourouj, Ben Arous

Featured image: Delegates pictured at the Africa Early Stage Investor Summit 2018 held in Cape Town in November last year. (Robert Cable)

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