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

This week in Cape Town, VC4A and mLab will on Friday (14 June) host a Fundraising Readiness Workshop at the Bandwidth Barn in Woodstock.

In Joburg, Jozi Angels holds its inaugural deal day on Wednesday (12 June)

In East Africa, look out for the fifth Nairobi Innovation Week which kicks off tomorrow (10 June) at the University of Nairobi. This year’s edition is organised around the theme Innovation and Kenya’s Big Four Agenda, and will focus on food security and nutrition, manufacturing, universal health coverage and affordable housing.

Although not on the continent, Africa Tech Summit London will take place on Tuesday (11 June) in London.

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.

Bloemfontein

Motheo TVET Open Day

The Motheo TVET College Centre for Entrepreneurship and Rapid Incubator will host an open day to promote and encourage the support of small business in and around Bloemfontein.

Date: 14 June, 9am to 5pm
Location: Motheo TVET College Centre for Entrepreneurship and Rapid Incubator, 46 Saint Georges Street, Bloemfontein

Cape Town

LifeCheq: Jokes Aside

LifeCheq chats to Tumi Morake and Mpho Osei Tutu about how they’ve built careers as creative entrepreneurs, working together as a couple, balancing career and lifestyle choices and just generally trying to have it all.

Date: 11 June, 6pm
Location: TBD

Moving to Mastery: Women in tech

Featuring an all-female speaker line-up, the event is for anyone — women and men — already in the tech and digital space looking to master their skills.

Date: 12 June, 8am to 5pm
Location: Belmont Square Conference Centre, Rondebosch, Cape Town

SA SME Fund introductory event

Akro Capital will host the SA SME Fund along with its partner funds for an introductory event. Topics to be discussed include SA’s venture capital ecosystem, how it applies to early-stage startups and how to access funding.

Date: 13 June, 9am to 11.30am
Location: Akro Capital HQ, 25 Wale Street, Cape Town

Fundraising Readiness Workshop

VC4A and mLab Southern Africa have partnered to host this half-day workshop. The workshop will among other things look at what types of funding are available for different types of businesses and provide practical advice on what entrepreneurs must do to raise funding.

Date: 14 June, 8.30am to 12pm
Location: Bandwidth Barn Exent Space, 3rd Floor, Block B, Woodstock Exchange, Albert Road 66, Woodstock, Cape Town

Rave’d Up South Africa(CPT)

Rave’d Up is an event designed and run by fintech startup Flutterwave as part of its launch in South Africa. Merchants, fintech enthusiasts and those interested in the global growth story of an African disruptive technology are encouraged to attend.

Date: 14 June, 1pm to 3.30pm
Location: TBD

Johannesburg

Rave’d Up South Africa(PTA)

Rave’d Up is an event designed and run by fintech startup Flutterwave as part of its launch in South Africa. Merchants, fintech enthusiasts and those interested in the global growth story of an African disruptive technology are encouraged to attend.

Date: 10 June, 8.30am to 11.30am
Location: TBD

Startup Grind Pretoria

Startup Grind Pretoria hosts Goodie Tutors founder and CEO Godiragetse Mogajane and SA Learning Books founder and president Tumisang Abednigo Nkwe.

Date: 11 June, 5.30pm to 8.30pm
Location: African Beer Emporium, 367 Helen Joseph, (Church) Street, Pretoria

Jozi Angels Deal Day

This event aims to create more awareness around angel investing. The deal day brings together stakeholders and thought leaders in the innovation economy.

Date: 12 June, afternoon
Location: Bowmans, 11 Alice Lane, Sandhurst, Sandton

LifeCheq: Jokes Aside

LifeCheq chats to Tumi Morake and Mpho Osei Tutu about how they’ve built careers as creative entrepreneurs, working together as a couple, balancing career and lifestyle choices and just generally trying to have it all.

Date: 13 June, 6pm
Location: TBD

Spring Fellowship Meetup

Kinaya Ventures and Nestlé will host the Spring Fellowship team as they present their four-month long accelerator programme for tech-oriented startups.

Date: 14 June, 5pm to 7pm
Location: Tshimologong Precinct, 41 Juta Street, Johannesburg

Port Elizabeth

AWS Machine Learning, IoT Deep Dive

Join Amazone Web Services (AWS) Premium Support for a technical session on how Machine Learning and Internet of Things (IoT) based services can help you build, deploy and run your applications at scale in the AWS Cloud.

Date: 13 June, 12pm to 3pm
Location: 2 Oakworth Road, Port Elizabeth

Burkina Faso

Africa Digital Space

Join this digital innovation and digital security expo. The event will also include conferences, panel discussions and training workshops.

Date: 13 to 15 June, 9am to 5pm
Location: Pascal Zagre, International Conference Center of Ouaga, Ouagadougou

Ghana

The Startup Lounge

This event is designed to help startups, students and aspiring entrepreneurs access funding opportunities. It also includes a mentoring session.

Date: 13 June, 11.30am to 2pm
Location: Africa Business Bureau, Paa Grant Street,CM10, Kenkey Junction, Tema

Kenya

Nairobi Innovation Week

Nairobi Innovation Week is the meeting point of startups, innovators, entrepreneurs, enablers, established companies, government agencies and academia to showcase their innovations, products, programmes and services all contributing to growing the innovation ecosystem in the region.

The Innovation Exhibition forms the hub around which the numerous events constituting the Nairobi Innovation Week 2019 revolve. Collectively, the exhibition provides a forum to bridge the gap between local entrepreneurs, talent and capital, thereby accelerating the growing startup community.

Date: 10 to 14 June
Location: The Great Court, University of Nairobi, Nairobi

SME Engage

SME Engage is a series of technology themed B2B events for small and medium business owners to engage, network and grow their business through affordable innovations.

Date: 11 June, 5pm to 6pm
Location: Nairobi Garage, Mirage Towers, Nairobi

Nigeria

Tech Money Africa

Tech Money and Innovation Summit Africa is where tech, money and innovation meet to solve Africa’s biggest challenges.

The summit aims to ensure that technology, innovation and strategy leaders across major organisations and enterprises in Africa engage with the next generation of disruptive and exponential technology.

Date: 10 to 11 June
Location: Unilag; Akoka Road, Yaba, Lagos

TechCircle Pitch2Win

This event is aims to help identify the next generation of tech startups and put them in front of the most active and prolific tech investors around, with the winner walking away with one million naira.

Date: 12 June, 2pm to 5.30pm
Location: Impact Hub Lagos, 7A Milverton Road, Lagos

EntrepTech 2019

EntrepTech 2019 summit invites entrepreneurs with innovative ideas and business technology tool to a one-day summit that will connect innovative business ideas and technologies with potential investors and clients.

Date: 13 June, 11am to 2pm
Location: Cyprian Ekwensi Center For Arts And Culture, 2009 Awka Street, Abuja

Enterprise and Innovation Development Summit

This summit will include topics on how to develop an innovative business model canvas, how to create unique products and innovative services, as well as how to develop strategies for sustainable and successful business output.

Date: 15 June, 9am to 5pm
Location: Barcelona Hotels International, 23 Blantyre Street, Wuse 2, Abuja

Morocco

212 Founders meetup

Join this event to meet the 212 Founders team to learn more about CDG Invest’s incubation programme and investment modalities.

Date: 11 June, 7.30pm to 11pm
Location: Commons Zerktouni, 179, Corner Blvd. of London and Boulevard de la Resistance, Casablanca

Startup Grind Casablanca

Startup Grind Casablanca hosts Gotshopy founder Hassan Moufrih.

Date: 12 June, 6pm to 9pm
Location: TBD

Senegal

AfricArena Tour Dakar

AfricArena’s Tour is in Dakar to give the best Senegalese entrepreneurs the opportunity to share their business model and convince expert judges why they should be advanced to pitch at the grand finale in Cape Town.

Date: 13 June, 3pm to 7pm
Location: CTIC Dakar, 3 Rue Berenger Feraud, Dakar

Somalia

Startup Grind Hargeisa

Startup Grind Hargeisa hosts a fireside chat with Sagaljet CEO Abdi Yusuf Aar.

Date: 15 June, 6pm to 8pm
Location: Harhub, UNDP Street, Hargeisa, Somaliland

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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