Tech4Africa Startup Day

Tech4Africa brings you a day for startups & founders, put together by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs. just 45 places available.


9th October 2015
Starts at 9am


Standard Bank Rivonia

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Over one day,
Tech, innovation and startups, by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs.

We think that the best tech ecosystems in the world have regular events which bring together people in tech to learn, meet new people and have lots of fun.

We don’t like suits and ties, there are no plenaries, committees and chairpeople. We focus on great content and value for all who attend, free wifi, coffee all day, fun at night, and an electric atmosphere you won’t find anywhere else.

We asked ourselves: what would get us out of the office when we were in the early stages of our tech businesses? The answers were around growth, finance, and scaling up, and we wanted to hear it from people who have done it before. So we put together this day for the select few who are on the same journey, and are tired of the fluff currently found in the ecosystem. This is "from the trenches" intel you won't find anywhere else.

This is not a lowest common denominator event. This is an assertive event. We don't care if the fishbowl doesn't like it. We do not merely aspire to the heady heights of conformity through neutrality, blandness and crass marketing. You probably don't even care that this rebellious pan-African event contains no agenda or bullshit and looks only for the finest content we can find. Just go back to schmoozing at your mass marketed, bland, cheaply run watered down "sales networking functions", and close the browser behind you. Tech4Africa is about breaking rules, upsetting trends and unsettling institutions but first and foremost above all, great content. The kind of content people talk about.

Stories from real people. You are not alone.

Everything you see will be authentic content from authentic speakers, who have walked the same journey you are, and talking from their own experience.

Be Inspired. No Sales People Allowed.

Take time for your yearly dose of tech inspiration, by joining a tribe of people who value talking straight, growing and building. We're one of the only (if not the only) events in Africa who won't put on sales pitch content.

The Best Entrepreneur Networking

The magic happens in the hallways, at lunch, between sessions, and during beers. That's when the best connections are made, and we actively focus on that.

The Speakers

Master Classes from industry experts.

Learn from people with experience

packed with juicy high quality content, just for you. No seatbelts required.



09:00 - 09:15


Keith Jones
Founder of Sw7, Africa largest and fastest growing accelerator

09:15 - 09:30
10:00 - 11:15

Verticals - What, why, how

Why you should focus on a vertical
Which verticals work in Africa, and why
Which verticals don’t work, and why

11:30 - 13:00


When you should and shouldn’t do an accelerator programme
Entrepreneurship vs Intrapreneurship
Bootstrapping 201
Sources of finance - where / what / how
Fundraising, when you need it, why you need it, and how to do it
What you should be doing at your board meetings


Lunch Break, 60sec Pitches, Networking

14:00 - 15:00

The Landscape

How to do business with a bank
How to do business with a telco
How to do business with a large corporate
How to do business with SME’s
How to do B2B sales
The B2C Valley of Death
Why and how Africa is different from Silicon Valley, and what to do about it

15:00 - 16:30

Growing overseas

Realities of running a business in the UK
How to launch a business in the UK / US
How to launch a business for overseas markets, from SA
How to get around SA loopholes to launch in overseas markets

16:45 - 17:00

Conclusion & Thank You

Gareth Knight & Keith Jones
Founders of Tech4Africa & Sw7


The best conference I have ever attended Stanley Nielson,
Thanks again for a great T4A day. Really great as usual and it was again a contemplative experience for me. Your philosophy of honesty and sobriety in an industry drunk on its own Kool-Aid is awesome. Raoul de Villiers
Really an awesome day at Tech4Africa conference. This level of energy and optimism I have not seen anywhere else. SA Tech Rocks! Rudie Shepherd,
Made the right choice by attending @Tech4Africa instead of marching with Malema. Really learning a lot from the guys. #T4A Glen Mhloti Bvuma,
Huge kudos to @oneafrikan & the @Tech4Africa team for an event that inspired both the hard core geeks and the business heads. #T4A Kate Wolters,
Will be dreaming of electric sheep after a long day of fantastic talks Mark Straw,
An amazing conference Patrick Kayton,
Job excellently done! Christine da Silva,
Surprisingly still inspired by the talks Robyn Silverstone,
Going to make it a priority to come to next years Tech4Africa Duncan McCleod,
Amazing!! Lots of fun! cant wait for the next one! Peter Brookstein,
Made me feel a lot more confident about doing UX consulting Wendy Robb,
If you've come this far, you should pat yourself on the back, you're in the top 5%. You little beauty.
Now go catch up on some previous sessions ;-)

Why is this for you?

Stay Ahead of the curve

First and foremost, because you won't find this kind of content and speakers anywhere else. Our sessions are honest, open, and about real experiences. We don't do sales pitches, and we don't push agendas!

Find new ways of thinking and problem-solving

Our simple goal is that you walk away both informed, entertained and inspired. Placing greatest emphasis on learning, interaction, engagement and discussion, we want Tech4Africa to be a place for new ideas and to encourage people to make and change things.

Networking opportunities

This isn't a FREE day out of the office, this is the day where you meet new, interesting people, where you make new friendships, and renew old bonds. And that is the best kind of networking ;-)

Strengthen Your Skills

Learn from speakers who have already been there, and trod the hard road of personal experience. You can read as many blogs as you like, but hearing it in person is way more valuable.

Pricing & Registration

Only 45 available seats. Get your Tickets now.

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Please note:
FREE tickets for the Hackathon are on a first come, first served basis.
Paid tickets are required for entry to Tech4Africa, so make sure you complete your purchase!

Select which part of Tech4Africa you want to attend:


Hackathon: Ship product in 2 days. FREE.

Join the Random Hack of Kindness, to envisage, build and ship a daily utility product in 2 days. Learn industry skills, find a co-founder, learn how to evaluate ideas. WE SHIP CODE.

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Startup Day only

Learn from people who have been there before. Network with founders just like you. This is the day where we do Startup content like never before in SA. Access limited to Startup Day sessions & rooms only.

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Conference + Startup Day + Hackathon

Full access to everything. Includes Hackathon, Startup Day, speaker room, drone racing, photography exhibition and live DJ set. You'd be bonkers not to.

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Please note: Entry will be with armbands only. Lunch is for your own account, and vendors will be available, so bring cash for lunch and beverages.


Interested in becoming a partner? Get in touch

Exhibit at Tech4Africa

Why exhibit?

Demo your product

The best feedback is when you're able to see what people are doing when they do it. It's the user feedback every product needs to become great. Twitter launched this way, so did Foursquare, and Facebook was used every day in the dorms of Harvard. What are you going to do with your product?

Showcase your company, find new clients

Cold calling is rubbish. Personal relationships are best. Get yourself in front of a lot of people, all over a few days, and introduce yourself. Hire your next recruit, showcase your work, prospect for your next client or customer. All we ask is that you do something unique and interesting whilst you do it!

Get in touch to book yourself a space at Tech4Africa, so that you can demo your product, showcase your company, or simply network smack bang in the middle of everything and meet new people. Simple!


Join us at the FNB Stadium.

Spend four inspiring days in the iconic Calabash.


Gate B, Soccer City Avenue, FNB Stadium,