South Africa up next to host ‘Geeks on a Plane’ tech startup tour

By AT editor - 26 March 2017 at 9:08 pm
South Africa up next to host ‘Geeks on a Plane’ tech startup tour

The Geeks on a Plane Africa tour heads for Johannesburg and Cape Town this week, after successful meetings with tech entrepreneurs and startups in Ghana and Nigeria.

Beginning Tuesday in Johannesburg, they’ll be visiting the Braamonfontein Cluster tech hub and the Sw7 tech accelerator. More than 20 participants also will visit Soweto, and participate in panel discussions at Simodisa.

Geeks on a Plane will head to Cape Town on Thursday and spend their long weekend networking at Workshop 17, touring vineyards at Stellenbosch, and seeing other regional sites.

The international tours are planned by 500 Startups, a global network of investors, founders, and startup CEOs that has long since surpassed its first investment goal and now includes more than 1,600 companies around the world. They include Podozi based in Nigeria, an e-commerce initiative to provide beauty and wellness products for African women.

Founding 500 Startups partner Dave McClure says the group has done about 10 investments in sub-Saharan Africa, including SweepSouth, an online matching and booking platform for cleaning services based in Cape Town. McClure recently told TechCrunch that the group plans more investment in African startups.

Led by McClure, the Geeks on a Plane tours have visited Asia, Latin America, the MENA states and other regions where entrepreneurial culture and opportunity are taking off.

To learn more about the 500 Startups tours, host countries and other information, see this link.

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