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

Cape Town is a hive of activity this week with a bunch of tech and startup conferences and summits taking place in the city.

Some to look out for include the Africa Early Stage Investor Summit which will run from Wednesday to Friday (13 to 15 November) at Workshop17 at the Waterfront, and AfricaCom 2019 which starts Tuesday and runs until Thursday (12 to 14 November) at the Cape Town International Convention Centre.

Johannesburg will host the Africa Investment Forum on Tuesday and Wednesday (12 and 13 November).

Elsewhere on the continent, Nairobi hosts the Youth Startup Summit on Thursday and Friday (14 and 15 November). The Itanna accelerator will host its 2019 demo day in Lagos on Thursday (14 November) while the Innovating Justice Challenge regional finals will take place in the city on the same day.

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

Apps Africa Awards

Find out who the winners of the 2019 Apps Africa Awards are at this event which will also feature Mobile Monday South Africa’s year-end event.

Date: 11 November, 6pm to 10pm
Location: 5th Floor, Pier Place, Jetty Street, Foreshore, Cape Town

Africa Future Summit

This event is the world’s premier summit curating an active network of investors, tech entrepreneurs, celebrities, politicians and business moguls towards addressing the UN Sustainable Development Goals and positively accelerating the future of Africa.

Date: 12 November, 10am to 4pm
Location: YMCA Athlone, D Cross Boulevard, Cape Town


This two-day conference aims to create links and opportunities between startups, investors and established companies, as well as between the African and the rest of the world.

Date: 11 and 12 November
Location: Century City Conference Centre

AfricaCom 2019

AfricaCom is the place to meet everybody who is anybody in African telecoms and technology, bringing together 15 000 attendees, 450 speakers and 500 exhibitors.

Whether your focus is connectivity infrastructure, disruptive technologies, digital services or ICT strategy, this is the place to network, learn and get deals done.

Date: 12 to 14 November
Location: Cape Town International Convention Centre


The AHUB programme, which is part of Africa Com, is designed to highlight the critical role of entrepreneurship in fuelling Africa’s digital economy and connect African tech start-ups and scale-ups to investors and corporate partners.

Date: 12 to 14 November
Location: Cape Town International Convention Centre

Africa Early Stage Investor Summit

The conference, designed for investors, by investors, brings together leading investors from Africa and beyond to network, exchange insights, create partnerships and make deals.

Date: 13 to 15 November
Location: Workshop 17, 17 Dock Road, Cape Town, and Nasdak Rooftop, 40 Heerengracht Street, Cape Town

Events Incubation Conference

The Events Incubation Conference is an annual event bringing together event specialists to share and learn from each other on a one-on-one basis. Event organisers, sponsors, the public sector, service providers and suppliers are just some of the conference participants who have attended.

Date: 14 November
Location: TBD, Paarl

Europe’s Technology Hub – Implementing Ideas for SA

The aim of the event is to showcase Europe as a market for technology. It is organised by the Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry in collaboration with Flanders Investment and Trade.

Date: 15 November, 10am to 12pm
Location: Cape Chamber of Commerce, 33 Martin Hammerschlag Way, Foreshore, Cape Town


Africa Investment Forum

The Africa Investment Forum is dedicated to advancing projects throughout Africa to bankable stages, raising capital, and accelerating the financial closure of deals.

Date: 12 and 13 November
Location: Sandton Convention Centre, 161 Maude Street, Sandton

GrowthWheel Certification Course

GrowthWheel is a visual toolbox and online platform used by business advisors, incubators, and entrepreneurship educators to help businesses make decisions and take action. Join this event to learn more.

Date: 12 and 13 November, 8am to 5pm
Location: Alexander Forbes Building, Ground Floor, 115 West Street, Sandton

Cova Advisory and Associates R&D Breakfast

How can we stimulate R&D and innovation in South Africa? Join Cova advisory and associates for a discussion on the local and global perspectives on innovation funding in South Africa.

Date: 15 November, 9am to 1pm
Location: Maxwell Office Park, Business Conference Centre, Waterfall City, Midrand


Startup Pitch Bootcamp 

This intensive, collaborative workshop features talks by leading startup Founders designed to help you understand the key ingredients of a successful pitch.

Date: 12 November, 6.30pm to 10pm
Location: SB Incubator, Stanbic Heights, Airport, Accra


How to define and talk to your audience to drive sales

Join Redbrick Africa director Amos Mwongera Mutiga for a workshop on how companies can effectively communicate to the right people. The workshop will also focus on the key issue around structuring and targeting your message for the right audience.

Date: 13 November, 11am to 1pm
Location: Nairobi Garage, Ndege Road, Watermark Business Park Ndege Road, Nairobi

The Youth Startup Summit 2019

The Youth Startup Summit 2019 will bring together youth entrepreneurs, the leading experts, influencers and decision makers in youth entrepreneurship

Date: 14 and 15 November, 8am to 5pm
Location: Cooperative Retreat and Conference Centre, Ushirika Road, Nairobi


Fuckup Nights Rabat-Casablanca

This edition of Fuckup Nights will focus on Moroccan female entrepreneurship.

Date: 13 November, 6pm to 9pm
Location: 133 Boulevard Ziraoui, Casablanca-Settat

Al-Sahm Women’s Mobile Payments and Artificial Intelligence Conference

Al-Sahm Women will hold a Mobile Payments and Artificial Intelligence Conference.

Date: 14 November, 8am to 10pm
Location: Hyatt Regency Casablanca, United Nations Square, Casablanca

Startup Grind Tangier

Startup Grind hosts Lynk Marketing CEO and founder Mahmoud Tayssir Tatari.

Date: 15 November, 7pm to 9pm
Location: Technopark of Tangier, Mohamed V Boulevard, Tangier International Pavilion, Tangier


Fuckup Nights Lagos Volume 5

Three accomplished entrepreneurs will share tales of their professional mistakes and disasters.

Date: 11 November, 4pm to 7pm
Location: Agip Hall, Muson Centre, Onikan Lagos, Lagos Island, Lagos

Innovating Integrated Healthcare Delivery

This Impact Hub Lagos, Merck, GIZ and Make-IT in Africa ehealth meetup will focus on innovating integrated healthcare delivery. The event will feature a panel discussion and group presentations.

Date: 12 November, 10am to 1pm
Location: Impact Hub Lagos, 7A Milverton Road, Lagos

Innovating Justice Challenge Regional Finals 

Join the Hague Institute for Innovation of Law for the Lagos regional finals of its Innovating Justice Challenge.

The event is one of four events taking place across Africa to scout for the next generation of promising entrepreneurs and innovators who are working to prevent or resolve people’s most pressing justice needs.

Date: 14 November, 3.30pm to 8pm
Location: Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, 14A Walter Carrington Crescent, Victoria Island, Lagos

Itanna Demo Day 2019

The Itanna accelerator hosts its 2019 Demo Day.

Date: 14 November, 10am to 1.30pm
Location: Itanna Enterprise Factory, The Enterprise Factory, 2 Abebe Village Road, Iganmu, Lagos

Learn how to launch and grow a startup

Do you wish to launch a startup? join this event to learn how SystemSpecs (Remita) CEO John Obaro built his fintech startup.

Date: 16 November, 11am to 5pm
Location: Commerce House, 1 Idowu Taylor Street, Lagos

Exponential Startup Hangout

This startup founders and CEOs hangout will feature a paintball game competition. Discover how you can face fierce competition in the marketplace and give your competitors head shot.

Date: 16 November, 3pm to 6pm
Location: Leisure Sports Park LSP, 39 Kusenla Road, Lekki


Africa Future Summit

This event is the world’s most premier summit curating an active network of investors, tech entrepreneurs, celebrities, politicians and business moguls towards addressing the UN Sustainable Development Goals and positively accelerating the future of Africa.

Date: 12 November, 10am to 4pm
Location: TBD, Kigali


Female Founder Roundtable

This event will feature a panel discussion where female founders will speak candidly about their decision to become entrepreneurs, their ups and downs and the obstacles they’ve overcome.

Date: 14 November, 6.30pm to 9pm
Location: Cogite coworking Space, 1 Place Taher Haddad, Tunis

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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