We are hosting Venture Capitalist Shakes Motsilili

Tuesday, February 27, 2018, 4:00 – 7:00 PM UTC

One of the most useful practices any startup owner or entrepreneur can adopt is to attend as many relevant networking events as possible. The value you can get from Startup Grind events is enormous. Communicating with like-minded, motivated and active people can take your game to another level.

About this event

One big reason to attend: Sharing knowledge as an entrepreneur is key - regardless of what stage you are at in your journey. Startup Grind brings everyone together in a low-key environment where all ideas are welcome, you’re a part of the global startup community and you have the ability to connect and learn from several heavy hitters in the scene.

Every month we invite you to better understand and to embrace Startup Grind’s Values:

Give First (before you ask)

Make Friends (not just contacts)

Help Others (before you help yourself)

Join us this month as we host Aziza Coin Co-founder  and TEDx Speaker Shakes Motsilili. Shakes Motsilili has come from humble beginnings to become the first Black person in South African history to come in the top ten in the Science Olympiad, representing South Africa in London in 1993. He then went on to become the first Black person to pass the University of Pretoria Actuarial Examinations and was promoted to become the head of the Actuarial Department at Momentum Life at the age of 34. Shakes specialized in investment innovation, catering to the needs of some of South Africa's most sophisticated high net wealth clients. In 2011 he co-founded Alumni Energy Investments. Shakes has since spearheaded the forming of the first BEE Venture Capital Company and has lobbied for Section12J, the South African tax deductions that the AzizaCoin digital currency will be using.

They have specifically developed this new digital currency to fund their and many other African entrepreneurial businesses in a way that keeps promises to local communities and manages investor risk against capital losses. This allows a crowd of smaller investors to access high potential early-stage companies that would normally only be available to the very wealthiest members of our society.

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Tuesday, February 27, 2018
4:00 PM – 7:00 PM UTC


4:00 PMNetworking and Food
5:00 PMFireside Chat and Q&A
6:00 PMNetworking and Drinks


  • Brian Mlambo

    BM Marketing

    Chapter Director

  • Oratile Nduli

    Koinonia Consultancy

    Events Coordinator