No matter what you do, networking is a crucial part of doing business. One of the best ways to network is to attend events relevant to your industry and career.
Thing is, it’s not always easy to know what those events are, much less when and where they’re happening.
Fortunately, we’re here to help out with our monthly guide to networking events across the Gulf and Africa.
If you know of any events that we should know about, feel free to pop us a mail so that we can consider including it in the next events piece.
Originally supposed to take place in February, The Happiness Festival is all about making happiness simple and accessible. The event will provide the tools and resources that enable you to overcome the barriers keeping you from living life to its fullest.
Date: 10 March, 11:00-18:00
Location: Dubai Polo & Equestrian Club
Organised by Mompreneurs Middle East, this event is a chance for female entrepreneurs to walk with like minded women leaders and discuss the opportunities and challenges of entrepreneurship in the region.
Date: 11 March, 07:00-10:00
Location: Dubai Polo & Equestrian Club
Organised by green-living NGO, this half-day conference covers a number of topics, including failure, innovation, and entrepreneurial planning.
Date: 14 March
Location: American University in Dubai
This workshop covers the dangers of startups not understanding branding and marketing correctly and, more importantly, at the right time in their lifecycle.
Date: 14 March, 19:00-21:00
Location: 1776 Dubai
Hosted by Regus at its Nassima Tower Centre, this free event bills itself as a chance for professionals to meet with peers, colleagues and other like minded professionals in the area with the opportunity to expand business networks potential and client bases.
Date: 21 March
Location: Nassima Tower
Organised by FranklinCovey Middle East, this workshop aims to help individuals and leaders consistently make high value decisions that ensure that their highest priorities are achieved.
Date: 22 March, 08:30-13:30
Location: Al Manzil Hotel
An initiative of Intelligent SME, The SMEWorld Summit 2017 draws the attention of high profile entrepreneurs, C-level executives, investors, government and the media.
Date: 22 March, 09:00-18:00
Location: Jumeirah Beach Hotel
This panel discussion aims to bring together NYU alumni, NYU Abu Dhabi students, and the public to discuss the importance of innovation and entrepreneurship in the UAE across the generations
Date: 13 March, 18:30-21:00
Location: New York University Abu Dhabi
Pantry Bee is a startup run by a group of Kuwaiti entrepreneurs with a love for cooking and a desire to share it. The founders are giving a talk that will revolve around PantryBee’s journey from ideation to execution phase; what went right and what went wrong.
Organised by recruitment app ImpressMe, this lunch is a chance for people using the app to network with other users and talk about their experiences so far.
Date: 1 March, 12:00-14:00
Location:601 The Landing, 20 Lower Burg St
Founders Forum provides an intimate setting for entrepreneurs to hear from other founders about their entrepreneurial journey.
This edition will feature Sea Monster CEO Glenn Gillis who will talk about the harsh truths of starting a business in SA and the creative industry landscape, among other things.
Date: 8 March, 17:30-19:00
Location: UCT Graduate School of Business
This workshop aims to help entrepreneurs to create more effective relationships with their partners and co-founders. According to the organisers, the event is highly interactive and delivers a personalised learning experience with the ultimate goal of creating more efficient relationships.
Date: 3 March, 09:00-16:00
Powered by collaborative workspace OPEN, this edition of the regular series of talks will feature jeweler and successful business-man Max Lichaba.
Date: 3 March, 18:00-21:00
The latest edition of the renowned Heavy Chef series will see technologist Simon Dingle unraveling the mysteries of Blockchain.
Date: 7 March, 18:00-20:30
Location: Primedia Place
This event will see world-renowned trend specialist John Sanei, unpack the notion of innovating with purpose and designing your own Moon Shot.
Date: 10 March, 08:00-09:30
Location: iLearn | Johannesburg
The 2017 In2Summit Africa follows last year’s successful inaugural conference in region, which brought together industry leaders from PR, advertising and journalism to explore how Africa’s communications world is changing quickly.
Date: 29 March, 09:00–17:00
Location: Maslow Hotel
FinTech Innovation Africa is a series of events and workshops in Africa during the week of the 27th of February 2017. The second of the Nairobi events will be a meet and greet. Attendees will have the opportunity to discover more about the dynamic Startup ecosystem in Nairobi and meet with Finance Industry professionals.
Date: 2 March, 18:00-20:00
Location: Mettā Nairobi
The purpose of the SingularityU East Africa Global Impact Challenge is to foster moonshot innovations and startups that positively impact the lives of people living in East Africa, with an ability to scale and impact a billion people worldwide in 10 years.
The Prize of the Challenge is free attendance at the transformational Global solutions Program.
Date: 24 March
Location: National Museums Of Kenya
This edition of the regular breakfast networking event will focus on whether fintech is something that banks should embrace or fear.
Date: 7 March
Location: Oriental Hotel