Top startup events in Africa you should know about this week

The Southern African Venture Capital And Private Equity Association (Savca) will hold the launch of its 2019 Venture Capital Industry Survey this Thursday (19 September) in Cape Town.

In Johannesburg speaker and author Mushambi Mutuma will launch his new book Tech Adjacent at Startup Grind Johannesburg on Tuesday (17 September).

Also look out for Heavy Chef’s The Inspire Session’s event on Thursday (19 September). This week’s event will feature Facebook’s Elizabeth Lee Ming, Daily Maverick’s Richard Poplak and CliffCentral’s Gareth Cliff.

Elsewhere on the continent, Cameroon will host the Single Window Conference between Tuesday and Thursday (17 to 19 September). The event seeks to tackle topics that include intra-African trade and e-commerce.

This, while the E-Commerce Summit will take place in Cairo on Tuesday (17 September).

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

Savca 2019 Venture Capital Industry Survey launch

Savca will unpack rich data on the activities and trends in the Southern African venture capital industry for the 2018 calendar year.

The event includes a panel discussion on the state of the venture capital industry in South Africa, which will explore the successes and challenges of the industry, as well as highlight the gaps and opportunities to be addressed in the future.

Date: 19 September, 5pm to 6.30pm
Location: Bowmans Offices, 22 Bree Street, Cape Town

Shifting the system

Shifting the System brings together Cape Town alumni from the Bertha Centre Systems Change and Social Impact course, and Bertha scholars working on areas such as state capture, data for impact, education, renewable energy and more.

Join the event to hear about new approaches to problem-solving, to explore practical interventions for developing future-ready systems, share insights and take part in this collaborative and interactive session.

Date: 19 September, 5.30pm to 7.30pm
Location: Executive Room, UCT GSB, 8 Portswood Road, Green Point


Startup Grind George

During 2001 husband and wife Rudolf and Lizelle Stolze founded Serendipity Restaurant.

Join them at this event as they provide explosive testimony in a tell-it-all interview detailing their lows and highs and what it takes to become an industry leader.

Date: 18 September, 9am to 12pm
Location: King George Protea Hotel, King George Dr, King George Park, George


Wapaloza Conference and Expo

Join the Wireless Access Providers Association’s Wapaloza three-day conference and training event which is packed with information on industry-trends and technology, together with seven different product training sessions.

Date: 16 to 18 September, 8.30am to 4pm
Location: Lerita Hotel, 245 End Street, Clubview, Centurion

Startup Grind Johannesburg

Startup Grind hosts Mushambi Mutuma, a speaker and tech leader with over 12 years of experience building brands across Africa and the US, as he launches his new book Tech Adjacent.

Date: 17 September, 6pm to 8pm
Location: University of Johannesburg Business School, Corner Barry Hertzog and Napier, Milpark, Johannesburg

EDF Pulse Startup Awards Energy Challenge

These Awards are an opportunity to support and assist African innovators playing a role in energy development.

Date: 17 September, 6pm to 8pm
Location: Futurespace Office, 61 Katherine Street, Sandton

Heavy Chef’s The Inspire Sessions: The Media Mavens

Heavy Chef hosts Facebook’s Elizabeth Lee Ming, Daily Maverick’s Richard Poplak and CliffCentral’s Gareth Cliff.

Date: 19 September, 6pm to 8.30m
Location: Discovery Headquarters, 1 Discovery Place, Sandton

Entrepreneurship Development in Higher Education Awards 2019

Entrepreneurship Development in Higher Education (EDHE) hosts the national finals of the inaugural Entrepreneurship Intervarsity and EDHE Awards.

Date: 18 September, 9am to 7pm
Location: Southern Sun OR Tambo International Airport, Johannesburg


Startup Grind Rustenberg

Startup Grind Rustenberg will host an entrepreneurship seminar that will feature Ditsogo Projects director Lesego Mokae and JNL Traders CEO Letlhognolo Otladisa.

Date: 19 September, 9am to 2pm
Location: Orbit Tvets Rustenberg Campus, Music Department Auditorium, Fatima Bhyat Street, Rustenburg


Startup Grind Abomey

Startup Grind Abomey hosts Fedapay CTO Boris Koumondji.

Date: 21 September, 9.30am to 1pm
Location: Yaounde Conference Centre


Single Window Conference

This three-day event will be marked by the participation of speakers from organisations like the UN, the World Bank, the AU Commission, Alibaba and Jumia to discuss the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA).

The second day of the event will focus on trade facilitation, opportunities and challenges of single windows implementation and initiatives to enhance the supply chain, specifically for landlocked countries in the Central African Economic and Monetary Community (Cemac).

Date: 17 to 19 September
Location: Yaounde Conference Centre

Democratic Republic of Congo

Seedstars Kinshasa

Join the Democratic Republic of Congo’s best early-stage startups as they compete to represent the country at this year’s Seedstars Kinshasa pitching event.

Date: 18 September
Location: Concession Procoki – 1, Avenue de l’OUA, Quartier Bassoko, Commune de Ngaliema, Kinshasa


E-Commerce Summit

This summit aims to stir up the conversation on the potential of selling online, educate and raise awareness on the inner workings of e‑commerce.

The event is also a unique chance for top-tier players to network with different service providers and industry leaders, driving the growth of e‑commerce in the Middle East and North Africa.

Date: 17 September
Location: Nile Ritz Carlton Hotel, Cairo

StartEgypt Mentors Mix and Match

StartEgypt is calling for new mentors for its new third cycle opening Mentor Mix and Match event.

Date: 17 September, 6pm
Location: StartEgypt, 1 Floor, Flat 6, Street 2, Giza District, Oula, Giza Governorate

Join this event if you want to learn how to gain traction and scale a startup.

Date: 17 September, 6.30pm to 9pm
Location: Almaqarr – Greek Campus, 171 El Tahrir, Ad Dawawin, Abdeen, Cairo


The Workshop: Customer Service Excellence

This workshop will provide good customer service tips that will give you the skills you need to communicate professionalism and gain respect.

The workshop will be led by independent consultant and corporate trainer Manoj Changarampatt.

Date: 18 September, 5.30pm to 8.30pm
Location: Nairobi Garage, 8th Floor Pinetree Plaza on Ngong’ Road, Nairobi


Startup Grind Monrovia

Startup Grind Monrovia is host young female entrepreneurs and changemakers to discuss women participation in entrepreneurship and leadership.

Date: 21 September, 4pm to 6pm
Location: iCampus Liberia, 150 Carey Street, Monrovia


EnvestLab’s EduFest 2019

EduFest 2019 will set the pace for mindset re orientation of youths and entrepreneurs through entrepreneurship and technology.

It is set to feature number of technologists, educationists, researchers and entrepreneurs from across the nation and even beyond.

Date: 14 to 15 September, 8am to 5pm
Location: Fabs Event Center, Magaji Rumfa, Kano

WennoChat Ibadan September Edition

Nigeria Stock Exchange Ibadan branch manager Kayode Ogun will discuss investment opportunities available through the stock market.

Date: 20 September, 3pm to 6pm
Location: Wennovation Hub Ibadan, 3rd Floor, Alpha & Omega Building Queen Elizabeth Road II, Mokola, Ibadan


Hive 12 Akfar Info Session

Discover Hive 12’s incubator and learn more about its incubation programme, selection criteria and recruitment process.

Date: 18 September, 6pm to 8pm
Location: Hive12 – Coworking Space Sousse, Yasser Arafat Avenue, Sousse

Startup Pitch Bootcamp

If you have a strong idea that could be pitched more clearly, then join this event.

In just three hours, this intensive workshop will help you improve your pitching skills and understand the components of a great pitch, providing plenty of practice until you get it right.

Date: 18 September, 6.30pm to 10pm
Location: Mediterranean School of Business, Les Berges du Lac II Walkway, Tunis

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